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January 15, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Drakes CIO talks technology changes
    Rod Koza, chief information officer of Drakes Supermarkets in Australia, says he has upgraded information technology to support hand-held devices for scanning product codes. "The solution means supermarket staff can use PDAs, iPads and other tablets for product ordering on Drakes' network while on the shop floor," he said. (Australia) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Put Internet with the fastest WiFi on your menu.
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  • Report examines eco-label overload
    A report by Organic Monitor says consumers are confused by a profusion of sustainable certifications, with more than 200 labels touting qualities including organic, all natural, fair trade and humanely raised. The report, which considers implications of a single standard that would integrate such certifications, will be presented at the Sustainable Foods Summit, scheduled Jan. 22 and 23 in San Francisco. Forbes (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Baby food grows up
    Interesting flavor combinations and pouches that young hands can hold and squeeze are replacing the single-flavor, single-serve glass jars of old. "Where moms may have stopped baby food at 9 to 12 months, the pouches have really helped extend the shelf life of baby food," said Maureen Putman, chief marketing officer at The Hain Celestial Group, which makes Earth's Best baby food. "We see growth for a long time to come." The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.)/The Associated Press (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Why Success Is Less About Your Business and More About Aging Well
Do you have the qualities needed to age successfully? These 5 improvements may help the second half of your life be a smashing success. Read the featured article.

  Independent Operator Spotlight 
  • Minn. city plans community-based grocery
    Residents of Kiester, Minn., which has been without a grocery since summer, are beginning the process of opening a community-based store. "We're hoping to get funds from the community, raise support to so that we can put together a grocery store," resident Don Nickel said. KAAL-TV (Austin, Minn.) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Time off boosts employee morale — and other pleasant surprises
New research reveals that a clearly articulated time-off policy that's fairly, transparently implemented improves employee productivity and morale —creating a happier, more loyal workforce for long term success.
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  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
6 Best Practices to Continuous Planning Success
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  Supplier News 
  • Coca-Cola takes on obesity in new campaign
    Coca-Cola has begun airing a two-minute ad on cable news shows touting the company's efforts in the fight against obesity, including selling drinks in smaller cans and putting calorie counts on the front of packaging. A second ad is set to debut Wednesday during "American Idol" and will focus on what consumers can do to work off the calories in a can of soda. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Flowers secures purchase agreements for Hostess assets
    Flowers Foods has signed a $360 million deal to acquire bread brands Wonder, Nature's Pride, Merita, Home Pride and Butternut as well as 20 bakeries and 38 depots from bankrupt Hostess Brands. Another agreement, worth $30 million, lets Flowers buy the Beefsteak brand. If the bankruptcy court approves the bids, an auction will be held. Progressive Grocer (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Harris Teeter taps AccessVia for shelf-edge signs
    Harris Teeter is using the Web dSignShop SaaS from AccessVia to create shelf-edge signs in its stores. “The reduction of effort, increase in responsiveness, and overall flexibility is why every new implementation of our platform this past year was SaaS," said AccessVia CEO Dean A. Sleeper. "Harris Teeter is among many of our existing customers who choose to migrate to SaaS for those compelling advantages." Progressive Grocer (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Weis deploys predictive-analytics tool by Profitect
    The Profit Amplification software system by Profitect has been chosen by Weis Markets for predictive analytics. "The ability to quickly impact the top and bottom line and make more informed decisions is a critical component of our strategy to exceed the expectations of our customers," said Scott Frost, chief financial officer, treasurer and senior vice president at Weis. Progressive Grocer (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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