Kroger to roll out digital aisle displays that connect to smartphones

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 7:13 AM

What you need to know.

Kroger is changing how customers will shop in stores with new digital aisle displays that connect and interact with smartphones.

The Cincinnati-based grocery retailer is rolling out new technology called Kroger Edge in nearly 200 stores in 2018. The technology will be installed on store shelves where paper price tags currently hang, Kroger told Business Insider. The new aisle displays project pricing, nutritional information, video ads and coupons. The company is also working on creating an app that will enable customers to communicate with the Edge system with their smartphones.

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The Kroger Co. is collaborating with Edgewater Wireless Systems Inc. to enhance its in-store infrastructure with the wifi platform powered by Edgewater’s WiFi3 technology. The next generation wireless platform will give Kroger customers “top wifi performance on their personal smart devices to enhance their shopping experiences,” the company said.

“We are focused on in-house innovation and partnering with global industry leaders like Edgewater Wireless to build the best technology infrastructure that will help us to deliver next generation shopping experiences to our customers and associates,” said Chris Hjelm, Kroger’s chief information officer.


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Meet Elvia Price, the American Red Cross leader for this region

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:19 AM

Elvia Price
Elvia Price

Elvia Price has been selected to serve as the interim CEO of the American Red Cross, Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region upon Patricia (Trish) Smitson’s retirement.

Price is a 19-year veteran of the Red Cross, serving many pivotal roles throughout her career. She’s supervised Disaster Services, International Services, Service to Armed Forces and the Red Cross staff dedicated to the Cincinnati United Way campaign.

As Chief Program Services Officer, Price is responsible for all 15 United Way relationships in the GCDR Region, including the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, which provides over $4.5 million to the Cincinnati Red Cross each year. She’s also overseen several prominent public relations events that showcase Red Cross services, including the successful Mega Blitz smoke alarm installation rally that served as a model for the national Sound the Alarm initiative. In addition, she is the primary staff support for Cincinnati’s long-standing Diversity and Inclusion Committee which is a national model for other Red Cross chapters.

Later this month, Price will travel to Washington D.C. to receive the eminent national award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion, which is presented annually to an American Red Cross employee, or volunteer who promotes diversity and inclusion within the organization and the community.

Other Dayton area business people in the news:

Lissa Brown joined the Dayton Rotary Club on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Brown is the Director of Regional Services for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio and a resident of Tipp City.

Lissa Brown, Dayton Rotary Club

Melissa McGhee joined the Dayton Rotary Club on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. McGhee is the President of Weisenborn Insurance Services and a resident of Troy.

Melissa McGhee, Dayton Rotary Club

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Bon-Ton going-out-of-business sales start at stores this week

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 7:16 AM

Elder-Beerman warehouse in Fairborn could close, company says

Bon-Ton Stores Inc., parent company of Elder-Beerman, is starting going-out-of-business sales at some of its stores this week.

The retailer said that store closing sales are underway at 42 select locations. The closings are part of the company’s previously announced “store rationalization” program. The company filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

Click here for the full list of store closures

The in-store sales will take place at Bon-Ton branded stores including Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s, and Younkers. More store locations are expected to close in addition to the 42 locations previously announced.

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Only one store in Ohio will shut down. Elder-Beerman at the Northtowne Mall in Defiance was named as one of the impacted stores. No Elder-Beerman stores in the Dayton region are impacted by this round of store closures. The stores are expected to close in early 2018.

Bon-Ton has a major presence in the Dayton region. Along with its distribution center in Fairborn, there are Elder-Beerman stores across the region in Dayton, Huber Heights, Kettering, Piqua and Beavercreek. Bon-Ton closed a store location at the Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville, Ohio in late March.

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Bon-Ton could also reduce the number of distribution centers from three to two, shutting down its facility in Fairborn.

The Elder-Beerman store in Towne Mall Galleria in Middletown, which is in Warren County, also closed earlier this year. The closing impacted 65 employees.


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Chipotle testing new ‘trendy’ menu option

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 6:51 AM

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Chipotle Mexican Grill is trying out a new menu option at its test kitchen in New York City.

The restaurant chain added quinoa to its menu at the test kitchen. Chipotle is known for its simple assembly-line food concept, but has been trying to innovate in the past year. The chain debuted its queso cheese dip across restaurants in September.

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“The quinoa is made with red and gold quinoa tossed with a little citrus juice, cumin and freshly chopped cilantro,” a Chipotle representative told Business Insider. “We are recommending that added to a salad, or in place of rice in another entrée.”

Quinoa is a fiber-rich grain. A cup of cooked quinoa is also packed with protein and iron.

The new menu item comes just after Chipotle named a new chief officer. Chipotle named Taco Bell’s Brian Niccol as its next leader, replacing Steve Ells, who built the fast-casual food chain. Niccol is a 1996 graduate of Miami University, just an hour from Dayton.


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Ohio adults smoking more weed while teen marijuana use remains low

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:00 PM


Wacky tobaccy. Weed. Dank. Hippie lettuce — call it what you want. Ohio adults are smoking more of it.

Adult marijuana use in Ohio increased to what is likely a record level from 2015 to 2016, according to a new federal report. The annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 1.2 million Ohioans, ages 18 and older, reported using cannabis at least once in the previous 12 months in a survey covering 2015 and 2016.

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Teen marijuana use remains low, less than half the level of the 1970s and 1980s, however it has increased in recent years. An estimated 109,000 Ohio youths, ages 12 to 17, smoked marijuana at least once the previous year, up almost 5 percent from a year earlier.

An estimated 24 millions Americans, ages 12 or older, used marijuana in 2016, according to the survey. About one in five young adults, ages 18 to 25, used marijuana nationwide in 2016. That’s more than 20 percent of young adults, or 7.2 million.


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