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Albertsons LLC leverages QR codes to help consumers perfect steak grilling

BY Antoinette Alexander

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons LLC has implemented an in-store program that will allow customers to scan a QR code using their smartphones to access recipes with tips for grilling Steakhouse Choice cuts of meat.

In every Albertsons Market meat department, customers will find a QR code on a Steakhouse Choice poster that will take them directly to the Albertsons Market mobile site. From there, customers can watch the latest grilling video, view a recipe and share the recipe via email with friends. Customers also can connect to the company’s Facebook page to “Like” the page and view more Steakhouse Choice recipes. In addition to the mobile site, all of the videos can be found on Albertsons Market YouTube channel.

The videos feature Albertsons Market meat operations specialist Tim Brua, who lends his years of experience in backyard grilling to the videos.

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Target to open single-level store in New Mexico

BY DSN STAFF

MINNEAPOLIS — Target will open a single-level store in New Mexico, the first of its kind in the state. The store, located in Albuquerque, is scheduled to open in 2013 and will occupy 155,000 sq. ft.

The store will feature covered, ground-level parking, with the store elevated directly above. It will offer guests the everyday essentials and exclusive brands they have come to expect from Target. In addition, the store will include a selection of fresh produce, fresh packaged meat and pre-packaged baked goods to further enhance guests’ experience.

"Target is excited to open a new store in Albuquerque," said Cary Strouse, Target’s SVP stores in the Western region. "New Mexico continues to be a great market for Target. We are committed to being a good neighbor and developing long-lasting relationships with guests and the Albuquerque community."

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HRG VP available to provide insights into trends impacting consumer health care at retail

BY Allison Cerra

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Hamacher Resource Group VP Dave Wendland now is available for speaking engagements to help health, beauty and wellness companies prepare for 2013 and beyond.

Wendland’s 20 years at HRG and insider perspective into each phase of the supply chain have made him a popular speaker at many industry association meetings and conferences for the past 10 years. Wendland can be retained to speak on a myriad of topics, including retail profitability, category innovation, marketing effectiveness, merchandising strategies and more. He also is sought after to share his thoughts and unique viewpoints on the future of consumer health care at retail and what’s on the horizon for HBW products and categories.

Wendland has presented to a range of audience types and is relatable and well versed in his audience’s business models, whether addressing pharmacists or executive teams, category managers, or sales professionals at drug store retailers, retail healthcare distributors, or consumer packaged goods manufacturers.

"There are tremendous opportunities ahead for the consumer healthcare industry at retail. Regularly evaluating how consumers shop — from every angle — can help position those in the supply chain to continue growing their business even as habits change and shift," Wendland said. "Suppliers, distributors, retailers, and technology providers all need to take the time to look ahead and consider how they can adapt to ensure they increase their share of the market as the retail shopping experience keeps evolving."

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