retail news in context, analysis with attitude reports that "Meijer Inc has made a deal with Supervalu to buy a 580,000-square-foot distribution complex in Wisconsin."

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the story does say that "Supervalu will continue to operate this facility into early 2013."

Computerworld reports that "Boston-area Starbucks stores are the first in the nation to take part in a pilot program of Duracell's Powermat wireless charging technology ... The Duracell Powermat wireless charging technology is being built into some of the tables, which will eliminate the need for mobile devices that are configured for wireless charging to have to plug into wall outlets for power.

"Each store will have roughly eight charging stations that will remain up through the holidays and into early 2013. Duracell's Powermat technology uses inductive magnetic wireless charging technology, which means a mobile device must come in contact with the charging surface."

• Acosta Sales & Marketing announced "the acquisition of two Western foodservice companies: Bay Brokerage Company and Encore Sales & Marketing. Integrating with Acosta’s rapidly growing foodservice division, the combined organizations extend the coverage of the company’s sales and marketing services across the West Coast."

• It is a measure of the power of Hurricane Sandy that it got both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to drop their paywalls, making all of their content free of charge to any user until the weather emergency is over.

Both papers have instituted restrictions on their content in recent years as a way of getting readers to actually pay for online content.
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