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November 8, 2012
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  The Storefront 
  • Giant Eagle debuts budget concept in Pittsburgh
    Giant Eagle opened Good Cents Grocery + More in Pittsburgh, calling it "the missing link between discount stores and supermarkets." The low-cost store offers deli, meat and cheese products as well as a 3,800-square-foot produce section, with more than 230 conventional and organic items. Progressive Grocer (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stores go from cavernous to cozy
    Retailers including Office Depot, which recently scaled down the selling floor of its 16-year-old store in Green Bay, Wis., are moving to smaller store formats. The changes come in response to customer preferences and as a way to move into urban markets where space is at a premium. Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Trends 
  • NASA kiosk uses voice, Braille to guide visually impaired
    Visitors to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center can use a digital signage kiosk equipped with voice-recognition capabilities and Braille keyboard to access information about the agency and the facility. The kiosk from Interactive Touchscreen Solutions has a proximity sensor that detects when people are near and uses voice prompts to help users navigate the system. Self Service World (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Near Field Communication soon to replace QSR codes
    QSR codes soon might yield to Near Field Communications, according to Steve Gurley, president of Pyrim Technologies. Speaking at Customer Engagement Technology World in New York, Gurley said NFC use in customer engagement will expand as more NFC-enabled phones reach the market and users become more familiar with the feature. Digital Signage Today (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government and Regulatory 
  • Cash drives battle over digital signage in Los Angeles
    Sign companies, the outdoor advertising industry and the city of Los Angeles are anxiously waiting for an appellate court's decision on whether a lucrative 2006 deal allowing CBS and Clear Channel to put up 800 electronic billboards is valid. The city stands to make up to $25 million from the deal, which was challenged in court by smaller companies who say they were cut out of the business. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rapid City, S.D., copes with confusing sign rules
    The once-simple rules governing digital signage in Rapid City, S.D., have grown increasingly convoluted as new technology allowed businesses to create increasingly sophisticated signs. Today's rule book contains 28 sections of regulations. "Every time somebody asks a question, we've got to look it up, because we don't know what's in here," city building official Brad Solon said. The Rapid City Journal (S.D.) (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ISA Update 
  • Sign research = Better sign codes
    The new academic research on the economic value of signs and on the traffic safety impact of EMCs has helped persuade a Florida city to move forward with a reasonable and beneficial sign code. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Duluth, Minn., modifies sign code after ISA objections
    The Duluth, Minn., Planning Division has released a significantly revised sign ordinance proposal after an October public hearing during which ISA’s Kenny Peskin (@signcodeguy) raised objections to numerous provisions. In the revised proposal ... Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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