The NRF BIG (tech) Show

The retail industry posted a 5.5 percent gain in sales during the holiday season and operators are getting tax relief from the federal government. Many retailers plan to invest some of their tax savings in technology that can help drive top line sales through better customer engagement and/or reduce bottom line costs by automating away…

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Wegmans goes to the mall

Wegmans Food Markets will open a new store in the Natick Mall on April 29. The store, which will be located in the same space once occupied by J.C. Penney, will cover 146,500-square-feet spread over two floors. It will feature two restaurants including The Burger Bar and Blue Dalia Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar, a…

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Retailers tackle opiod epidemic in different ways

A growing list of retailers, including Jewel-Osco, are offering Narcan, an opiod overdose antidote, for sale over the counter. Walmart pharmacies have begun offering DisposeRX for free, a product that turns leftover medications, including painkillers, into a biodegradable gel when mixed with warm water.

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Kroger takes shelf tags to the edge with new tech

Kroger is testing digital shelf tags that display prices, nutritional information and video ads and coupons in 200 of its stores. The technology known as Kroger Edge will primarily be displayed on end-caps. Customers will need to make use of handheld devices supplied by Kroger to get the full benefits of the new tech.

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Instacart acquires Unata

The grocery delivery service, Instacart, has acquired Unata, a Toronto-based startup that specializes in creating digital circulars and coupons. The deal, according to people familiar with the matter, is said to be worth about $65 million.

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Kmart is big in Guam

A 24-hour Kmart located in Guam is the busiest of any of the chain’s stores. Guam, which is the closest U.S. territory to Asia, attracts not only locals, but tourists from Japan and Korea. About 1.5 million tourists visit Guam annually.

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