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January 31, 2013
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  • Price Chopper pushes for electronic sign in Albany, N.Y.
    Price Chopper wants permission to erect an $85,000 electronic sign on the back of the store that would broadcast weekly specials, community service messages and other information to drivers on Albany, N.Y.'s Interstate 90. The supermarket needs a variance from the city to put up the 11-foot by 17-foot sign, which under the current zoning laws are only allowed on movie theaters. American City Business Journals/Albany, N.Y. (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fresh Market plans Calif. growth
    Sacramento, Calif., and nearby Elk Grove will each get a Fresh Market store this fall. "We are excited about our continued expansion in California, and in the greater Sacramento area in particular," said Randy Kelley, senior vice president of real estate and development. The North Carolina chain also plans a presence in Palo Alto, Santa Barbara and Laguna Hills. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Planet Pizza to put in Mvix digital menu boards
    Planet Pizza has begun installing digital menu boards and signage systems from Mvix at its 11 units in New York and Connecticut, the company said. "We felt digital signage was a good option because the cost of traditional signage has gotten so expensive," said Joseph Rocco, one of Planet Pizza's three founding brothers. "Menu edits required signage changes and the logistics of implementing changes across 11 locations became burdensome." (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Trends 
  • Can gas pump signage boost c-store sales?
    Convenience stores have a chance to use signage at the gas pump to influence gas customers to make additional purchases, says consultant Priya Baboo. Currently, only 31% of gas customers make an additional purchase, resulting in about $21 billion in lost sales per day for the entire industry. "There's a huge opportunity to influence those people to buy something," she said. CSP (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TouchSystems widens range of NEC digital offerings
    TouchSystems has added the NEC Display Solutions X401S to its offerings, allowing it to offer customers a wider range of big-screen interactive display sizes. "We've wanted to grow the series for some time, so we're happy to add the 40-inch display," said president Carol Nordin. Digital Signage Today (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government and Regulatory 
  • Park Ridge, Ill., aldermen put off sign vote
    Aldermen in Park Ridge, Ill., opted to postpone a vote on proposed changes to the city's sign code, to wait for a court ruling that could determine how long businesses have to comply with code changes. Among several changes, the proposal would require all nonconforming signs that have not been granted variances to be brought into compliance by Jan. 1, 2015. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  ISA Update 
  • ISA addresses ASHRAE committee on signage regulations
    On January 26, ISA's Bill Dundas addressed the Lighting Subcommittee of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) at its Winter Conference meeting in Dallas, Texas, to ensure that illuminated signs are treated realistically and fairly. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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