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November 2, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Wal-Mart will widen self-checkout capability
    While some retailers, including Big Y Foods and Albertsons LLC, are eliminating self-checkout, Wal-Mart Stores is adding, planning to install 10,000 SelfServ lanes at more than 1,200 locations next year. "Our multiple checkout options give us a unique advantage to provide our customers with the quick, easy and convenient checkout experience they tell us they want," said Jeff McAllister, senior vice president of innovation. Supermarket News (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • P&G's role as mobile incubator
    Sonny Jandial, Silicon Valley ambassador for Procter & Gamble, spends most of his time at Shopkick, the company that gives shoppers rewards based on where they shop. Shopkick CEO Cyriac Roeding said, "This partnership has fundamentally changed how our product developed." Roeding noted that Jandial successfully pushed for product scans that would prompt users to seek out products. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nonprofits will gain $1.5M from Wal-Mart via campaign
    Wal-Mart Stores launched "12 Days of Giving," a social media campaign that divides $1.5 million among nonprofits, with a different theme each day. This is the campaign's second year. "With this campaign, we want to recognize these organizations and the difference they are making in their communities," said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Wal-Mart Foundation. Progressive Grocer (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Whole Foods, Wal-Mart and Target fare well in Green Rankings
    Newsweek's 2012 Green Rankings include 42 retailers, with Whole Foods Market, Wal-Mart Stores and Target in the retail top 10. "Sustainability has become a core consideration for the retail industry, affecting strategy, operations, workforce engagement and connection to consumers and communities," said Adam Siegel, vice president of sustainability and retail operations at the Retail Industry Leaders Association. Progressive Grocer (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • RAND sees downside to retail-clinic expansion
    As more retail clinics open, there is concern that consumers will miss out on comprehensive health services by relying on clinics instead of physicians, according to a study by the RAND Corporation. While retail clinics do not aim to provide primary care, their low cost and convenience might lure consumers away from a "medical home." Reuters (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brown's ShopRite plans Family Fit Day
    Brown's Super Stores will host Family Fit Day on Saturday at a ShopRite store in Philadelphia, in partnership with nonprofit UpLift Solutions. The event will include exercise classes, health screenings, information and food samples. Progressive Grocer (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Pringles proves a tasty addition to Kellogg
    Kellogg, which purchased the Pringles brand this year, said sales of the salty snack increased 10% in the third quarter. Two-thirds of Pringles revenue is from overseas, said the company, which plans to boost production capacity and increase sales in developing markets. USA Today/The Associated Press (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Software companies announce merger
    JDA Software, which provides solutions for supply-chain management, pricing and merchandising, will merge with RedPrairie, which offers services for workforce management, store operations, e-commerce and warehousing. "The combined company will have a unique ability to address our customers' increasingly complex needs with a full spectrum of solutions for planning and execution across the entire value chain," said JDA President and CEO Hamish Brewer, who is expected to be CEO of the combined company. Supermarket News (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Last call: FMI's Retail Food Safety Forum will cover risk and recalls
    On Monday and Tuesday in Cincinnati, the Retail Food Safety Forum will discuss risk management and implementing successful food-recall practices. Learn more and register at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • Report notes increased foodborne illness and recalls
    The U.S. Public Interest Research Group looked at FDA data and concluded that the food-safety net is "broken." "More needs to be done to identify the contaminants that are making us sick and to protect Americans from the risk of unsafe food," said public health advocate Nasima Hossain, noting that recall-linked illness this year is already twice the number of 2011. (France) (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary."
--Cecil Beaton,
British photographer and costume designer

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