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Stop & Shop to launch checkout app that puts items in electronic shopping cart

BY CSA STAFF

New York City — Three Stop & Shop stores in the Boston area on Monday will launch a software app from ModivMedia that allow customers with iPhones to scan grocery items and add them to an electronic shopping cart, The Boston Globe reported.

By aiming the phone’s camera at the bar code on a product package, the customer can see the price and add it to the electronic shopping cart, according to the report. Once shopping is done, the app relays the information to a checkout register, where the customer can pay with cash or a credit card. The app speeds up the checkout process by eliminating the need for a store employee to manually scan the items.

ModivMedia, Quincy, Mass., already offers the same service through handheld self-checkout scanners found in 350 supermarkets in the United States, including local Stop & Shop outlets. Initially, the new app will work only at Stop & Shop stores in Braintree, Quincy, and Plymouth, Mass. But the chain plans to introduce the service to more stores throughout the year, the report said.

To use the app, a customer will need an iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 (older are not compatible). ModivMedia plans to offer an app that runs on Google’s Android operating system later this year.

The app connects to the store’s Wi-Fi wireless network, allowing the retailer to collect and analyze information about purchases. The store can offer special coupons and discounts to customers based on each one’s individual buying habits.

To date, only Stop & Shop and Giant Landover, both of which are owned by Dutch supermarket company Royal Ahold have adopted the system.

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steveustone says:
Apr-17-2013 07:14 pm

It Is The Time To Going
It Is The Time To Going Advance With The Latest Trends Which Are Familiar Between Our Community. The Shopping Cart Software Is The Base Of Advance Form Of Technology Which Provide Facilities To People About Shopping.

B.Brent says:
Nov-30-2012 03:25 pm

This is one of the classic
This is one of the classic examples of business that are adapting to the trend. It is taking shopping into another level by introducing this application. - James Stuckey

B.Brent says:
Nov-30-2012 03:25 pm

This is one of the classic examples of business that are adapting to the trend. It is taking shopping into another level by introducing this application. - James Stuckey

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JoS. A. Bank testing 5th Finger mobile platform

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San Francisco — 5th Finger, a leading mobile marketing technology firm, has announced plans to bring in-store mobile trials to JoS. A. Bank Clothiers. 5th Finger will be testing the role of the mobile device to drive "consumer outcomes" including ensemble inspiration, shopper education and offer redemption "in store" leading up to the summer season.

Under the current plans, 5th Finger will be launching a JoS. A. Bank Clothiers mobile web experience and branded iPhone application. These experiences will be built on the 5th Finger proprietary mobile-commerce platform RedShop Mobile.

We look forward to offering our website and store-finder on mobile devices as just one of many ongoing enhancements to our multichannel strategy, driven by our desire to provide our customers with a friendly, quick, and convenient shopping experience,” said R. Neal Black, president and CEO of JoS. A. Bank Clothiers.

How it works: A JoS. A. Bank customer can quickly find any of their 500 plus store locations, including the closest store to where they are standing, and view store hours, maps and directions, or click to immediately call the store directly. They can choose to download the free "Shopping Companion" mobile application for their smart phone. Personalized offers that consumers receive through email can be "pushed" to their mobile phone for future redemption.

When a consumer is shopping within a JoS. A. Bank physical location, they can open the Shopping Companion on their phone and access a suite of features as though they had one-on-one access to a personal store associate. The experience is tailored to consumer priorities.

5th Finger intends to run a series of promotions and offers through the stores participating in the trial to raise consumer awareness, drive participation, and understand the impact on converting shoppers to buyers.

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Kmart promotes outdoor line

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.— Kmart is taking advantage of the warmer weather starting to creep in across the country to promote its line of outdoor furniture and decor.

In a press release, the company reminded consumers of its selection, including the outdoor La-Z-Boy set featuring an indoor/outdoor recliner, and the Jaclyn Smith and Country Living collections, which feature such classic styles as retro red steel clam chairs, table and rocker.

"We’re excited to introduce consumers to our extensive and affordable outdoor living offerings," said Dev Mukherjee, president, home appliances, seasonal and toys, Sears Holdings. "Our customers know that Kmart makes stylish and practical outdoor living affordable with payment options such as layaway."

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