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JDA Software and Gladson in strategic alliance

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Phoenix — JDA Software Group and Gladson announced a strategic alliance to provide combined services to their joint customers in the consumer packaged goods industry.

As a result of the alliance, companies will be better able to more easily streamline their category management processes from the delivery of superior integration between JDA’s category and space management solutions and Gladson’s comprehensive database of product information and images. This renewed alliance builds on a strong five-year working relationship forged by the two companies through the delivery of innovative solutions to the industry.

“One of the key offerings as the result of our alliance is the improved and streamlined delivery of product images into JDA’s images library called PIIX,” said Mark Nation, group VP global alliances, JDA Software. “PIIX offers a more efficient and centralized product characteristic and image file storage update, maintenance and reporting capability and is closely integrated with the Gladson’s delivery system. This integrated delivery of data to the category management community is available exclusively from Gladson for JDA Intactix Knowledge Base clients.”

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Kroger joins paperless coupon service

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WALTHAM, Mass. — Kroger is now offering its shoppers the ability to redeem SavingStar e-coupons when they use their Kroger Plus Card at checkout. According to a press release fromSavingStar, it is the only national paperless grocery coupon service, and the addition of Kroger to the SavingStar network of retailers increases the number of grocery and drug stores offering their customers digital coupons through SavingStar to more than 24,000 stores nationwide.

“In today’s digital world, many shoppers want to save on groceries but don’t have the time or desire to print or clip paper coupons. SavingStar makes it easy and convenient for people to save money on groceries with a service that fits their lifestyle,” said David Rochon, CEO of SavingStar. “Kroger shoppers can now get additional savings from SavingStar by selecting eCoupons online or through their smart phones – even while walking the aisles in the store.”

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Walmart testing grocery delivery service

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Regional supermarket chains that offer grocery delivery services may soon have some competition from Walmart if its program is expanded nationwide. According to several reports including one in The Wall Street Journal and another in The New York Times, Walmart is testing its Walmart To Go service in San Jose, Calif.

According to the company’s beta website, customers can shop online for food, beauty and household goods for a delivery fee starting at $5. The company is even offering first time users free delivery on orders of at least $49 when they use a special eVoucher.

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