Art Van Furniture expanding in Chicago area
Warren, Mich. — Art Van Furniture has opened its first Chicagoland store, in Oakland Park, Ill. The 47,000-sq.-ft. store is also the 53-year-old retailer’s first location out of its home state, Michigan, where it operates 36 stores.
Art Van Furniture will open five more Chicagoland retail stores in the coming months.
NPD: U.S. Hispanics more likely to purchase groceries at c-stores
Houston — U.S. Hispanics are more likely to purchase grocery foods, dairy, and bread from convenience stores (c-stores) than non-Hispanics, reports the NPD Group, leading global information company. Spanish-dominant Hispanics are more likely to make grocery item purchases at c-stores than other Hispanics, according to the NPD report entitled The C-Store Hispanic Shopper, which examines the typical convenience store shopping behavior of Hispanics by level of acculturation and how it compares to non-Hispanics.
On average, U.S. Hispanics make almost two more visits a month than non-Hispanics to major oil chain convenience stores, and nearly one more visit over a 30-day period to traditional c-stores than non-Hispanics, finds NPD’s convenience store research. For some Hispanics, c-stores supplement or substitute grocery stores.
“As one of the fastest growing U.S. population groups, Hispanics are an important segment for the c-store channel,” said David Portalatin, NPD’s c-store industry analyst. “As this report reveals, having a good range of grocery like items and other staples may increase Hispanic traffic, and promoting fresh foods considered to be more homemade or cooked should resonate well among Hispanics.”
In addition to groceries, over two thirds of Hispanics consider having fresh food available at c-stores to be very/somewhat important. Fresh foods are more likely to be purchased by Hispanics for lunch or breakfast and hot foods are preferred, finds NPD. Sandwiches/wraps are least likely to be purchased by Hispanics.
Compare Foods implements Swift Shopper app
New York — Supermarket operator Compare Foods announced that it begun the implementation of the Swift Shopper app created by ezCommerce Solutions. The app, designed for those retailers hesitant to invest in mobile point-of-sale, costs retailers nothing and doesn’t require any hardware, training or integration to implement. Customers download it to their phone/tablet for free (or upgrade for the low cost of $1.99) and it enables them to scan any barcode as they shop.
It works in every store where cashiers have dual-line handheld scanners.
Compare Foods will begin utilizing Swift Shopper at its Arrowood Road, Charlotte, N.C., location (the store has the dual-line handheld scanners necessary to read barcodes off of mobile devices.) After a three-month pilot program, the retailer will review Swift Shopper’s performance and will then likely invest in upgrading technology at its eight other North Carolina locations to allow for implementation of the app statewide. After the North Carolina roll-out, Compare Foods intends to adopt the application at its stores nationwide.
"At Compare Foods, we have always taken our customers’ needs very seriously and we know that Swift Shopper will radically improve the customer experience at our stores,” explained Omar G. Jorge Peña, partner, Compare Foods, White Plains, N.Y., which has 21 stores across New York City, Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and the Carolinas. “By allowing our customers to use their mobile devices to scan as they shop, we will be saving them valuable time and money, two things particularly critical to our working-class clientele. We hope that by continuing to provide key ethnic products not available at other stores, and by now adding a new level of convenience to the shopping experience, we will encourage more repeat customers and earn new customers via positive word-of-mouth publicity.“