No more waiting? Kroger looks to eliminate checkout lanes

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 7:33 AM
Updated: Friday, January 26, 2018 @ 10:17 AM

What you need to know.

As food delivery services and online shopping disrupt the grocery industry, Kroger is looking to offer an alternative to check-out lanes for busy customers.

The Cincinnati-headquartered grocery chain will roll out its “Scan, Bag, Go” service to 400 stores in 2018, according to Business Insider. Shoppers can avoid long checkout lines by scanning barcodes of items they want to buy using a handheld scanner or through Kroger’s “Scan, Bag, Go” app on any smartphone.

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When customers are finished shopping, they can stop at a self-checkout to pay for their order. Soon, shoppers will be able to pay through the app instead. The concept isn’t new for Kroger. The company has been testing the technology since 2011. Kroger then launched it in an additional 15 stores in 2015, including stores in Middletown and Liberty Twp.

Kroger has invested in its digital shopping experience for customers, launching ClickList in its 1,000 store earlier this month in Milford. Kroger introduced its first ClickList store in November 2014 in Liberty Twp.

“This exciting milestone is a testament to the impact of our digital shopping platform as well as the consistent and rewarding experience delivered to our customers by our talented store associates,” said Yael Cosset, Kroger’s chief digital officer. “Next year, we plan to expand our seamless service to more markets, ultimately making this convenient shopping experience available to every one of the 60 million families who shop with us annually.”

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Amazon working on home robot, report says

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 4:01 AM

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Amazon.com Inc. may be gearing up for its next big project: a home robot.

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The rumor comes from a Bloomberg report published Monday in which sources familiar with the plan revealed that the company has started work on the domestic robot under the code name Vesta.

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According to the sources, Vesta has apparently been in the works for years, but new job listings for Lab126, Amazon’s hardware research and development division, have sprung up this year.

Lab126 engineers previously built Amazon’s Kindle, Fire Phone and Echo.

“People briefed on the plan say the company hopes to begin seeding the robots in employees’ homes by the end of this year, and potentially with consumers as early as 2019,” Bloomberg reported, noting that the timeline may change.

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The Vesta robot prototypes reportedly have computer vision software and advanced cameras for navigation. Think of a “mobile Alexa, accompanying customers in parts of their home where they don’t have Echo devices,” Bloomberg analysts wrote.

An Amazon spokesperson told Bloomberg the company doesn’t comment on “rumors and speculation.” The AJC has reached out to Amazon for comment, as well. 

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Other companies have dabbled in domestic robots before, including iRobot and its Roomba vacuum and MobileRobots Inc.’s Jeeves home security robot.

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Need a job? More than 160 employers will be at UD Arena

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 4:45 PM


            The 2018 Spring Job Fair at the University of Dayton Arena is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Montgomery County Development Services and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are putting on the event. Here, attendees meet with employers at a 2015 Spring Job Fair inside the arena. JAROD THRUSH/STAFF FILE PHOTO
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The 2018 Spring Job Fair at the University of Dayton Arena is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Montgomery County Development Services and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are putting on the event. Here, attendees meet with employers at a 2015 Spring Job Fair inside the arena. JAROD THRUSH/STAFF FILE PHOTO(JAROD THRUSH)

More 1,000 people and over 160 employers will be at the 2018 Spring Job Fair Wednesday, April 25 at the University of Dayton Arena.

Government agencies and private sector companies spanning construction, engineering, education, health care, information technology, manufacturing, professional services and transportation will be on hand, according to organizers.

“People are in big demand now and this gives a a nice opportunity for the job seeker to meet with the hiring people for each company,” said Mark S. Anderson, an event organizer with Montgomery County Development Services.

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The county agency and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will host the fair.set from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., which is open to both civilians and military personnel. “It’s open to all residents in the entire Miami Valley,” he said.

To register, log onto OhioMeansJobs.com/montgomery .

Montgomery County and Wright-Patterson plan a similar fall jobs fair in September at the Nutter Center at Wright State University, but a date has not yet been scheduled, Anderson said.

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Opening date announced for Macy’s outlet store in Dayton

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 4:24 PM


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Macy’s will open an outlet store at the Dayton Mall in June.

The department store will open its first Dayton-area Backstage outlet store at the Dayton Mall on June 6. The new outlet store will have approximately 12,900 square feet of dedicated retail space and will live on the second level inside the full-line Macy’s. The grand opening will be celebrated with giveaways for the first 200 customers and special events throughout the day.

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“Our customers are excited about the Macy’s Backstage shopping experience,” said Michelle Israel, Macy’s Senior Vice President of Off Price. “Macy’s Backstage Dayton Mall was designed to bring great deals and the fun of the hunt into our existing location. If you’re looking for a fashion update, a last-minute gift, or a special treat for yourself, your home or your pet, we have you covered.”

Seven free-standing Backstage stores opened in the Northeast and San Antonio, TX in 2015 and 2016. In the subsequent years, Macy’s has opened approximately 63 store-within-store locations, allowing customers to shop both merchandise offerings in one trip to their local mall. There are currently 70 Macy’s Backstage locations across the U.S.

The Dayton Daily News was the first to report about the Backstage outlet coming to the region. The estimated market value of the completed project is $75,000.

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Did you buy this product? Vegetable sold in Ohio ALDI stores recalled

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 3:29 PM


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A vegetable item sold in Ohio ALDI stores has been recalled.

McCall Farms Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of cases of Happy Harvest Spinach in 13.5 ounce cans as a precautionary measure due to the potential presence of peanuts resulting from product mislabeling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced.

The product was available for purchase in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. The product was also available for purchase to ALDI customers in the Atlanta and Chicago areas through the company’s partnership with Instacart, a grocery delivery service.

All affected product has been removed from its stores. ALDI is the only retailer with this product. The product was packaged in 13.5 oz cans with the lot code of A23IX. The best-by date is January 2021. The UPC code is 041498131289.

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