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February 12, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
 
  • ShopRite tests department rearrangement
    ShopRite stores are testing configurations of food and nonfood items "to engage customers the way they want to buy," said Steve Henig, vice president for corporate merchandising and marketing. Though no space was added, sales tripled in stores with an updated pet department, he said, and the company is testing changes to the baby and household departments. Supermarket News (free registration) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brookshire becomes a GreenChill partner
    Brookshire Grocery says it will "go beyond regulatory requirements" to protect the ozone layer as part of the Environmental Protection Agency's GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership. Partners reduce refrigerant leaks and choose environmentally friendly refrigerant to achieve an emission rate that is typically 50% lower than the national average. Supermarket News (free registration) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Brand Keys report shows value of connection
    The annual Customer Loyalty Engagement Index by Brand Keys shows that consumers are most influenced by emotional engagement, with high ratings going to Dunkin' Donuts coffee and packaged coffee, Coke and Diet Coke. "If marketers don't have a real handle on the emotional side of the purchase and engagement process, they end up with a 'placeholder,' one whose name people know but don't know for anything in particular and have absolutely no [brand] advantage in the marketplace," Brand Keys President Robert Passikoff said. QSRWeb.com (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report examines men's shopping behavior
    An eMarketer report looks at male buying habits and how marketers of personal-grooming products can best reach men. Among the findings: Men prefer browsing online to standing in a store aisle. eMarketer (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NYC mayor touts sodium-reduction success
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said 21 companies have voluntarily reduced sodium levels in their products as a response to his push for healthier eating. The companies, including Heinz, Butterball and Starbucks, "demonstrated their commitment to removing excess sodium from their products and to working with public health authorities toward a shared goal -- helping their customers lead longer, healthier lives," he said. CBS News/The Associated Press (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Solutions 
  • Are digital shelf tags next?
    A typical supermarket changes the price of about 10,000 items each week, a daunting challenge for workers tasked with making sure the shelf price matches with what's in the computer. San Jose, Calif.-based Altierre has spent a decade developing the technology to power digital shelf tags that change with the computer. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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