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A&P teams up with Zavers to offer customers mobile coupons

BY Allison Cerra

KANSAS CITY, Kan. A&P has joined forces with a digital incentive and information management company to offer customers mobile coupons.

Beginning this month, A&P shoppers can use Zavers’ “text and save” mobile coupon offering through a media platform the company said, “is a unique combination of innovative technology and consumer simplicity.”

“Consumers today want immediate gratification, and with the Zavers mobile platform there is no delay — users can find, save, and redeem coupons at the moment of the truth, instantly in the store. This is a difference-maker for our product advertisers, retailers and shoppers,” said Zavers chief marketing officer Anita Newton.

In addition to A&P, other stores have begun using Zavers’ mobile platform as part of the Red Tag Online Savings program, including Waldbaum’s and SuperFresh, the Online Advantage Program at Pathmark and the Fresh Online Savings program at The Food Emporium.

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Rite Aid accepting EBT cards, food stamps at stores

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Thursday announced that all Rite Aid pharmacies now accept EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards and food stamps provided through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

“One-in-eight Americans are receiving food assistance through SNAP, according to the USDA,” stated Brian Fiala, Rite Aid EVP store operations. “With nearly 4,800 Rite Aid stores nationwide offering assorted groceries, accepting EBT cards is just another convenience we can offer to our customers and help make their lives a little easier.”

SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is administered by the USDA and offers families and individuals at certain income levels financial assistance in purchasing food and beverages. Electronic Benefits Transfer is the electronic system that allows a SNAP recipient to authorize transfer of their government benefits from a federal account to a retailer account to pay for products received. SNAP benefit recipients are issued EBT cards that look like debit cards.

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Report: Food Lion pulls plug on Bloom stores expansion

BY Allison Cerra

RALEIGH, N.C. Food Lion has pulled its plans to bring four Bloom stores to the North Carolina market, according to local reports.

The four stores, which currently are under construction, will become Food Lions instead. Spokeswoman Christy Phillips-Brown said the company will focus on increasing the number of Bloom stores in existing markets rather than expanding into new ones.

The Bloom chain, which was introduced in 2004, has 66 stores, including one opening in Charlotte this week. The stores are known for such tech-savvy features as scanner guns and recipe kiosks.

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