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• MyWebGrocer, which provides digital grocery solutions to more than 112 retailers nationally, representing more than 10,000 stores, has now expanded their services to Hawaii and the West Coast. Forty-two stores from PAQ, Inc. in California, which includes Food 4 Less and Rancho San Miguel Markets, and QSI, Inc. in Hawaii, which owns Times and Big Save Supermarkets, will now offer their customers a completely integrated digital platform across web and social media channels.

According to the announcement, both companies “will bring their customers a fully integrated digital shopping platform. Consumers will now be able to search specials, browse coupons, access meal solutions and create a singular shopping list.” And, shoppers “will also have the option to ‘Like’ products and more fully engage consumers in Facebook.”

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• Big Y Foods and AisleBuyer LLC announced a partnership to provide Big Y's customers with a mobile application for iPhone and Android devices that will allow Big Y to give customers a personalized shopping experience while helping them save money on purchases.

According to the announcement, “Using the application, customers will be able to compile shopping lists and access a digital store locator that features hours, directions and contact information. The app will also include localized digital circulars, which provide current sale information and targeted coupons based on the nearest store location, ensuring that customers have accurate and up-to-date information for their local Big Y.”
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