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Amazon Go expanding to two new markets

BY Marianne Wilson

Amazon is expanding its cashierless store format outside of its Seattle home base.

Amazon Go will open in Chicago and San Francisco, according to numerous media reports. Job openings for store managers in each city were first reported by The Seattle Times. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the two planned openings to GeekWire. It did not say when the stores would open.

The first (and still the only) Amazon Go location opened to the public in January. Prior to that, it was open a year in a test mode exclusively to Amazon employees.

To shop the store, shoppers launch the Amazon Go app on their mobile device as they enter, and take the products they want off of store shelves. Amazon’s “walk out” technology automatically detects when products are taken off (or returned) to the shelves, and keeps track of them in a virtual cart. When customers are done shopping, they just leave the store. Shortly after, they receive a digital receipt and their Amazon account is also charged for the order, according to the website.

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First Look at Raley’s new grocery concept

BY Marianne Wilson

Market 5-One-5 has made its debut.

Opened in downtown Sacramento, the new, smaller-store format is designed around the idea that quality, nutritious food should be easy, accessible and affordable. Every item was hand-selected based on three core values: Organic, Nutrition and Education (ONE).

“Market 5-ONE-5 is about conviction to a core set of principles,” said Keith Knopf, president and COO, Raley’s. “We don’t stock products we don’t believe in, so customers can trust everything on the shelves. Our team members know exactly where our products come from, what is in them, and how they were produced.”

Although the store is part of Raley’s, it will be managed independently, and will have distinct (and often local) vendors. Expansion plans for future Market 5-ONE-5 locations are already being considered, according to the company.

The concept was developed to meet the needs of people who are overwhelmed trying to decipher food labels and translate ingredient lists. (Seventy-eight percent of Americans say they encounter a lot of conflicting information about what to eat or avoid, according to a report by the International Food Information Council Foundation.) It only sells items that meet the highest standards of its core values. This includes minimally processed, organic and sustainably sourced products that are free of unrecognizable ingredients not found in nature.

“Market 5-ONE-5, and what it stands for, has been a vision of ours for a long time,” said Michael Teel, CEO, Raley’s. “Its purpose is to offer our community access to fresh, nutritious and affordable food. Its mission is to help people live healthy, vital lives by taking the guesswork out of understanding nutrition.”

The store offers precooked foods for in-store dining and take-home, and serves wine and beer on site. It has a coffee, tea and juice bar, and a space for indoor and outdoor dining. It will also offer catering services to local businesses.

Market 5-ONE-5 has assembled a diverse team of employees that include chefs, foodies, urban farmers, nutritionists and a registered dietitian, all of whom “will readily offer their guidance, knowledge and expertise on food and nutrition to educate customers,” the company said.

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Trending Stores: One Kings Lane, Southampton, New York

BY CSA STAFF

Online home décor and furniture retailer One Kings Lane unveiled a refreshed interior for its first-ever permanent brick-and-mortar shop.

The 3,500-sq.-ft. store is located in the heart of the upscale resort town of Southampton, New York, in a 19th century, two-story building that formerly housed a library. It opened as a seasonal pop-up last summer to take advantage of the area’s summer visitors. Citing the strong customer response, One Kings Lane decided to extend the lease past Labor Day and make the location a year-round space.

The store features a curated selection of product, including one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, that is regularly refreshed as items sell out. Customers can also book appointments for free consultations with in-house interior designers.

One Kings Lane was acquired by Bed Bath & Beyond in 2016.

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