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• The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that Whole Foods plans to open one of its "365 by Whole Foods" stores - designed to be lower priced, with greater appeal to millennials - to the Fort Greene neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York.

There are three 365 stores open at present - in California, Oregon, and Washington State - but Whole Foods says there are another 20 on the drawing board.

iNews reports that Tesco is testing what is called a "relaxed checkout" concept at one of its Scotland stores, designed "to give customers who need extra time at the till a chance to shop at their own pace ... The pilot scheme was developed with older people, particularly those living with dementia, in mind and is supported by Alzheimer Scotland."

This is such a lovely idea. I can imagine that there are a lot of places where the idea could work. We put so much emphasis on speed and efficiency, it is important sometimes to remember that for some people, it makes sense to move in the opposite direction. Good for Tesco.
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