The New York Times reports that two Safeway stores in California are testing a shopping cart that uses infrared tracking to track customer’s shopping habits by asking them to swipe their frequent shopper cards, recording what they buy, and then offering them deals and suggestions based on recent purchases. Safeway execs say they are not reselling this data to other companies, though there are concerns from privacy advocates that this could happen.
Fleming reportedly has identified a site in the Denver area to replace the Aurora, Colorado, warehouse that burned down last month. The facility that was destroyed served area convenience stores.
As expected, the UK’s Competition Commission has recommended relaxing the country’s strict control of pharmacy openings, which could allow numerous retailers such as Tesco and Wal-Mart to enter the category.