Kroger Mobile Scanning, Valentine’s Day Spending, A&P Bankruptcy
At two supermarkets near its Cincinnati headquarters, Kroger is testing a mobile scanning system that uses wireless devices for both shoppers and store associates, according to
The system also tracks in-store traffic patterns, revealing what paths shoppers take through the store, the shelves they stop at and now long they stay in each location.
Stats & Research
- The majority of consumers (64%) will be opening their wallets this Valentine's Day, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.
- Total US e-commerce spending reached $227.6 billion in 2010, up 9% compared to the previous year, according to comScore.
- Compete released its ranking of the top 50 web sites for December 2010 and while Google remains number one, the gap continues to narrow between number two ranked site Yahoo.com and number three, Facebook.com, with fewer than 2.9 million unique visitors separating the two.
- Tablet commerce, or T-commerce as Forrester has begun calling it, is expected to drive at least half of all mobile commerce, the analyst group said.
Legal & Regulatory
- The judge in A&P’s bankruptcy case has denied Grocery Hauler Inc.’s request to keep its trucking agreement with the retailer in place, a decision the company said could cost more than 300 jobs.
- General Growth Properties Inc., which runs Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, is cracking down on struggling tenants, including beginning eviction procedures against Todd English’s Kingfish Hall restaurant after it fell behind by tens of thousands of dollars in rent, according to shop owners and court records.
Mergers & Acquisitions
- Apple American Group LLC, Applebee’s largest franchisee with 269 restaurants, is close to being sold by investor group Weston Presidio to GS Capital Partners, sources close to the deal said.
Marketing & Advertising
- The Hudson's Bay Company wants to lure both "die-hard foodies" and regular shoppers through an upscale revamping of 24 in-store restaurants, part of its wider strategy to reposition The Bay chain as a higher-end department store.
- Apple Inc. has started manufacturing a new version of its iPad tablet computer with a built-in camera and faster processor.
- Facebook is moving its more than 2,000 employees, and 600 million friends, to a new campus in Menlo Park, Calif. That was once the home of Sun Microsystems.