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Report: Wal-Mart to Serve Food in Small-Format Stores

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New York City Wal-Mart Stores intends to prepare and serve food in its upcoming small-format stores, the Financial Times said on Friday, as it competes with Tesco’s Fresh & Easy markets.

The smaller-format stores, which will operate under the Marketside banner, will include a kitchen, food counters and seating, the report said.

The new format—planned at 15,000 sq. ft.—is about a third of the size of most of its Neighborhood Market stores, and less than a tenth of the size of most of the world’s largest retailer’s superstores.

The stores will have a logo showing a pile of stylized fruit and vegetables with the Marketside name in green and a small blue star, according to the report.

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Sears.com expands entertainment offerings

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Sears said it is expanding its online store to include a greater selection of entertainment products. The Sears.com site will feature a wider assortment of books, DVDs, music, software and even customizable art, nearly quadrupling the number of products available on the site.

“We want Sears.com to become a key online resource for all entertainment and home needs, in addition to the quality appliances, tools and apparel for which we are already known,” said Imran Jooma, Sears vp of e-commerce. “The expanded offering allows us to better serve our customers and offer a lot more products than we’re able to provide in our stores.”

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Winn-Dixie looks to streamline operations

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Winn-Dixie Stores said it is looking to promote information sharing amongst consumer product manufacturers by partnering with IBM, Priva Technologies and TrueDemand Software to help better align merchandising, marketing and store operations, with a focus on driving more traffic to stores, increasing the average basket size per customer store visit and enhancing customer satisfaction.

This partnership reinforces Winn-Dixies commitment to become a leading neighborhood grocer in every market it serves. The use of industry-standard information will allow for reduced shelf-level out of stocks and the ability to tailor product offerings to fit each individual community in the grocers five-state operating area.

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