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Fresh Direct adopts mobile-messaging solution

BY Staff Writer

Jersey City, N.J. — Single Touch Systems, technology-based mobile media solutions provider, announced that it has signed on FreshDirect, a leading online fresh food grocer, for its “Reminder Messaging Product.”

The messaging program includes implementing order status, delivery status and service notifications.

The technology provides companies with the opportunity to establish a more trusted relationship with its customers by direct mobile messaging.

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Lowe’s to pay $500,000 in EPA settlement

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Washington, D.C. — Lowe’s Home Centers has agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty for violating federal rules governing lead paint exposure, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday.

The chain will also implement a comprehensive, corporate-wide compliance program at its over 1,700 stores nationwide to ensure that the contractors it hires to perform work minimize lead dust from home renovation activities, as required by the federal Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule.

An EPA investigation found that Lowe’s could not provide documentation to prove that contractors it hired to work at 13 stores across nine states were certified by the agency, or had used its approved kits to test for lead paint at work sites, the EPA said.

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Harris Teeter adds yearly payment option to online shopping program

BY Marianne Wilson

Matthews, N.C. — Harris Teeter announced Thursday it has launched a new, yearly payment option for its Express Lane Online Shopping program.

In addition to the $4.95 per order option and the $16.95 monthly option — already in place for shoppers who frequently use the service — shoppers can now choose to pay $99.95 for the entire year, allowing them to place as many orders as they would like throughout the year without incurring additional charges.

Shoppers can simply add the yearly fee to their Express Lane Online Shopping bill when placing an order. From that date, the normal service fee will be automatically waived on all orders for the next 365 days.

“Our shoppers love the convenience of Harris Teeter’s Express Lane Online Shopping service,” said communication specialist Danna Jones. “While they are running kids to and from soccer practice and managing their busy lives, we take care of the shopping. Our Express Lane experts not only hand-select the highest quality and freshest items available, but they also load the groceries into the shopper’s car and process payment curbside. Our customers never have to leave their vehicle.”

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