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Buy For Less goes mobile

BY Dan Berthiaume

Oklahoma City – Independent regional grocery chain Buy For Less is mobilizing in-store and back-end operations at its 14 stores using XG100 handheld devices from Janam Technologies LLC. The pistol-shaped mobile computers allow employees to perform tasks such as scanning barcodes and communicating wirelessly.

"The Janam XG100 wireless device allows us to leverage newer, better technologies and features that are more user friendly and ultimately provide greater value to our guests," said Jared Black, director of IT at Buy For Less.

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Food service demand rises on campus

BY Dan Berthiaume

Chicago – A growing demand for on campus food service exists among US college and university students, according to new data from Technomic. The latest Technomic College & University Trend Report shows that 69% of college students purchase food and beverage from on-campus foodservice facilities once a week or more. This is close to the 71% of college students who did so in 2009 and is a substantial gain from the 62% who paid visits to campus foodservice facilities once a week or more in 2011.

Other figures demonstrate room for foodservice and grocery retailers to expand their offerings on college campuses. For example, only 35% of students are satisfied with their school’s dining program, 44% of all students and 57% of students living on campus wish their school had grocery stores where they could shop using their meal plan and 66% of students regularly experiment with new foods and flavors.

"To keep the momentum going, campus dining operators will want to continually focus on improvements to menu variety, prices and atmosphere at on-campus dining venues," says Darren Tristano, executive VP of Technomic, Inc. "Menu variety in particular is key to retaining student patronage. Our year-over-year data indicates there’s more demand for college and university foodservice menus that feature unique items, ethnic offerings and customization opportunities. Dining programs should work to address these preferences in order to keep valuable foodservice dollars on campus."

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DSW affiliate will supply Loehmann’s footwear

BY Dan Berthiaume

Columbus, Ohio – The Affiliated Business Group (ABG), a division of DSW Inc., will exclusively supply the footwear departments of all U.S. Loehmann’s stores and the loehmanns.com e-commerce site. The initial rollout of the news arrangement is expected to commence in a few stores starting December, 013 with the balance of the chain and e-commerce launching in the first quarter of 2014. ABG will plan, procure, and deliver the entire women’s and men’s footwear inventory, while Loehmann’s will provide staffing for the shoe departments.

"We are thrilled with our partnership with ABG,” said Loehmann’s CEO Steven Newman. “Through their association with DSW Inc., ABG’s expertise in creating a compelling assortment in footwear at everyday value will elevate our product offering to our savvy fashion conscious customers who already find great designers at amazing prices at our Loehmann’s stores as well as our website."

“We look forward to partnering with Loehmann’s,” said Mike MacDonald, president and CEO of DSW Inc. “Our broad supplier base, product knowledge and retail capability will support Loehmann’s brand positioning objectives. We are confident our partnership will bring our expertise and passion for footwear to Loehmann’s customers."

"We are very pleased to partner with Steven and the Loehmann’s team,” said Affiliated Business Group’s senior VP and GM Christopher Lanning. “We are committed to customizing a fashion footwear assortment and shopping experience that will meet the footwear needs and desires of Loehmann’s customers.”

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