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Hy-Vee launches mobile app

BY Staff Writer

West Des Moines, Iowa — Hy-Vee has launched a mobile app for customers to make shopping easier, faster and more social.

The smartphone app offers a number of interactive features to help customers with meal planning and preparation, gain access to store and pharmacy information and more.

"We decided to jump into the social media conversation and make our stores easier to navigate by developing an app that helps you find the foods you’re looking for faster, and even tweet about what’s missing on our shelves," said Ruth Comer, assistant VP of media relations for Hy-Vee. “This app gives us another way to communicate with customers, and fulfill our mission of making lives easier, healthier and happier."

The free app, available for the leading smartphone platforms, is built on the AT&A Mobile Enterprise Applications Platform utilizing Taqtile Mobility’s Shingle solution for retail.

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C.Floz says:
Nov-30-2012 11:05 am

Hy-Vee is using smartphone to
Hy-Vee is using smartphone to its advantage. Almost everybody is using smart phones and what better way to communicate your special offers than through smartphone apps. Clever. - Markus Lattner

C.Floz says:
Nov-30-2012 11:05 am

Hy-Vee is using smartphone to its advantage. Almost everybody is using smart phones and what better way to communicate your special offers than through smartphone apps. Clever. - Markus Lattner

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Descartes acquires GeoMicro

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Waterloo, Ontario — Descartes Systems Group, a provider in logistics technology, acquired GeoMicro, a California-based provider of advanced geographic information systems (GIS) and commercial turn-by-turn navigation.

GeoMicro’s cutting-edge GIS platform enables advanced routing, navigation, field service, and spatial data business intelligence solutions. It supports a full range of advanced GIS services, including high performance map display, geo-location, commercial vehicle route calculation, spatial data querying, and turn-by-turn navigation suitable for commercial and hazardous material route use. GeoMicro’s solutions help customers to precisely locate assets and resources in motion, reduce the cost and time of deliveries, and increase driver safety & compliance.

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A retail leader named chairman of retail leaders association

BY CSA STAFF

Target chairman, president and CEO Gregg Steinhafel was elected chairman of the board of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA).

Steinhafel previously served as the board’s vice chairman and in his new capacity succeeds former RILA board chairman Bill Rhodes, chairman, president and CEO of AutoZone.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as chairman of this exceptional group of industry leaders,” Steinhafel said. “Along with the rest of the board of directors, I value RILA and its efforts to champion issues that affect our industry, our work force and our customers.”

In addition to holding conferences on such topics as supply chain and sustainability, the Washington, D.C.-based trade group is very active legislatively. RILA regularly supports fair trade measures, was an aggressive and outspoken advocate to reduce debit card swipe fees and is also a proponent of requiring online retailers to collect sales taxes.

Along with Steinhafel, other members of the RILA board include:

  • Richard Dreiling, chairman and CEO, Dollar General Corporation (vice chairman)

  • Gregory Wasson, CEO and president, Walgreen Co. (second vice chairman)

  • Eric Wiseman, chairman, president and CEO, VF Corporation (treasurer)

  • Robert Niblock, chairman and CEO, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (secretary)

  • Bill Rhodes, chairman, president and CEO, AutoZone, Inc. (immediate past chairman)

  • Francis Blake, chairman and CEO, The Home Depot Inc.

  • Lou D’Ambrosio, president and CEO, Sears Holding Corp.

  • Joe DePinto, president and CEO, 7-Eleven

  • Brian Dunn, CEO, president and COO, Best Buy Co. Inc.

  • Sally Jewell, president and CEO, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)

  • Karen Lowe, general manager, global retail industry, IBM Corp.

  • Alan Hoskins, president and CEO, Energizer Holdings Inc., Energizer Household Products

  • Eugenio Minvielle, president and CEO, North America, Unilever

  • Robert Moran, president and CEO, PetSmart Inc.

  • James Myers, CEO, PETCO Animal Supplies Inc.

  • Steven Preston, EVP finance, recycling and energy services, Waste Management

  • Walter Robb, Co-CEO, Whole Foods Market Inc.

  • William Simon, president and CEO, Walmart U.S., Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

  • Sandy Kennedy, president, Retail Industry Leaders Association

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