Winn-Dixie uses 2D scanners to analyze shoppers’ driver’s licenses
Jacksonville, Fla. Winn-Dixie Stores’ new point-of-sale scanner is helping the chain speed up the checkout process as well as support age-verification compliances when scanning shoppers’ driver’s licenses.
The chain is adding Gryphon 2D Plus Imager scanners, from Datalogic, Eugene, Ore., which have high-speed optics that allow retailers to accurately capture data from fast-moving items as well as those underneath shopping carts. In addition, the 2D scanner can process new GS1 data barcodes for produce and other variable-weight merchandise.
It will also help the chain improve verification of age-restricted merchandise. Retailers are required to adhere to federal standards to verify customers’ driver’s license data, including age, date of birth and license-expiration date when shoppers purchase items such as tobacco and alcohol. The scanner eliminates manual data entry, increases efficiency at the retail point of sale and prevents errors in the sale of controlled items.
Michaels returns to profit in Q1
IRVING, Texas Michaels Stores reported net income of $4 million, for the first quarter of fiscal 2009, an improvement of $24 million from a net loss of $20 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2008. Total sales for the quarter were $852 million, a 0.6% increase from fiscal 2008 first quarter sales of $847 million. Same-store sales for the comparable 13-week period decreased 2% of which 1.7% was related to the negative impact of foreign exchange rates.
John Menzer, CEO, said, “Our operating units performed relatively well, which were offset by the continued negative impact of a weakened Canadian dollar. We were very encouraged with the sales in a number of key categories, including beads and jewelry making, impulse items and wall frames. Our new marketing and merchandising programs are connecting with the Michaels customers and have helped drive an increase in customer transactions, even in today’s difficult retail environment.”
Walmart unveils exclusive Miley Cyrus line
BENTONVILLE, Ark. Walmart announced the introduction of Miley Cyrus & Max Azria, a new clothing line available only at Walmart. The line will arrive in all Walmart stores and on Walmart.com in early August, and includes tops, pants, graphic tees, shoes and accessories, all priced less than $20.
“Our launch of the Miley Cyrus & Max Azria line continues our strategy of engaging customers across categories,” said John Fleming, EVP and chief merchandising officer, Walmart U.S. “This time, we’re bringing together a leading entertainer and a top apparel house to bring exciting product and price leadership to our customers.”
Complementing the Miley Cyrus & Max Azria announcement, Walmart will be the title sponsor of the Miley Cyrus concert tour.