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Former Morrisons executive appointed group chief information officer at Ahold

BY Alaric DeArment

AMSTERDAM — Royal Ahold has appointed Ben Wishart as group chief information officer, the Dutch supermarket operator said Tuesday.

In the newly created position, Wishart will report to CFO Jeff Carr and will work out of the company’s Amsterdam headquarters. He previously worked at U.K. food retailer Morrisons as chief information officer. Ahold operates the Stop & Shop, Giant-Landover and Giant-Carlisle supermarket chains in the United States, as well as the Peapod online grocery service.

"Technology is an increasingly critical element in ensuring the success of our ‘Reshaping Retail’ strategy," Carr said. "I am pleased that Ben joins us to lead the next stage of Ahold’s journey as we are responding to a changing retail world, leveraging our scale and coordinating technology."


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Retail navigation app Aisle411 now available in 12,000 stores

BY Michael Johnsen

ST. LOUIS — Aisle411, a mobile retail navigation service, on Tuesday announced that its mobile shopping and searchable store maps smartphone app is available to use within more than 12,000 retail stores throughout the United States. 

"Aisle411 is excited to be working with leading retailers who see the value in providing their shoppers a great in-store experience," stated Nathan Pettyjohn, CEO Aisle411. "Aisle411 allows retailers to license its technology through our API and to leverage our growing network of partner apps like RedLaser to engage their shoppers with unique and helpful information while shopping," he said. "Offline commerce, or purchases occurring at a physical store, make up approximately 90% of all retail purchases. Aisle411’s mobile platform digitizes the in-store shopping experience so that shoppers can find and buy everything that they came in the store to purchase. Retailers can leverage Aisle411’s mobile platform to further execute on their multi-channel strategies."

With Aisle411’s in-store mapping platform, customers can use their smartphones to view, search and map products in major retail stores across several retail channels including Walgreens, The Home Depot, Hy-Vee, Price Chopper, Schnucks, Shop ‘n Save, Winco, Strack & Van Til, and several others. The Aisle411 mobile application platform allows shoppers to locate products down to a particular section of each aisle. In addition to being available in the Aisle411 iOS and Android apps, shoppers can use Aisle411’s searchable store maps for The Home Depot and Walgreens stores within the RedLaser shopping application.

A national survey commissioned by Aisle411 found 20% of shoppers leave the store without their full purchase intent.


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Cardinal Health Foundation: ‘America’s biggest drug problem … in our medicine cabinets.’

BY Michael Johnsen

DUBLIN, Ohio — A new infographic released Tuesday created by the Cardinal Health Foundation and The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy helps illustrate prescription drug abuse in the United States.

Approximately 70% of people who abuse prescription medications get them from family or friends, often from medicine cabinets. On average, more than 10,000 people in the U.S. abuse prescription medications for the first time each day.

And every 15 minutes, one American dies from an unintentional drug overdose, most due to prescription drugs. Unintentional drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.


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