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Fresh & Easy introduces easy-prep prepared produce line

BY Gail Hoffer

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has launched “Made Easy,” a new and expanded selection of fresh prepared salads and vegetables, which includes 39 varieties of bag salads and kits, micro-steamers, and sliced and diced vegetables.

According to the company, the “Made Easy” line was designed to make it easier for customers to get the fruit and vegetables they need. The label now communicates how many people the product can serve, and how this portion contributes to their daily recommended intake of vegetables. This labeling also appears on other Fresh & Easy packages, such as the vegetables from the “Ready To Cook” line.

“Fresh & Easy is always looking for ways to help customers solve the nagging question of ‘what’s for dinner tonight,’” said chief customer officer John Burry. “Not only does Made Easy help with easy meal solutions, but it also aims to help customers make sure they are eating enough fruits and vegetables throughout the day.”

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Retail information technology vet joins Weis from Supervalu

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Information technology vet Shirl Stroeing joined Weis Markets earlier this week as the company’s VP and chief information officer, according to published reports. 

Stroeing makes the move from Supervalu, where she was VP service management and operations support. 

Stroeing succeeds Bob Mawyer, who departed Weis earlier this year, and will report to Scott Frost, Weis SVP, CFO and treasurer. 

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New Snapbox framed prints transform smartphone photos into framed artwork

BY Antoinette Alexander

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jondo-USA, a maker of personalized photo and decor products, is making it easy for consumers to create and order framed prints from their smartphone and digital camera photos with the new Snapbox framed prints.

SnapBox products will be available for pick-up and pay at 12,000 retail locations, including Rite Aid and Bartell Drugs, with free shipping to those locations.


With SnapBox, smartphone users can transform their on-the-go photos into works of art for their homes and offices, or share memorable gifts with friends and family. With the fast-growing adoption of smartphones, consumers are capturing countless spontaneous photos, and now they can go one step further by instantly creating and ordering personalized photo décor using those images.  

SnapBox framed prints start at less than $10 for a 5×5 or 5×7 print on stretched gallery-wrapped canvas. The new EZWay ordering service can be used with any iPhone, Android or Blackberry smartphone, or from any connected PC, tablet or camera.


“Our 25-year background in fine art reproductions for galleries and publishers is now available to smartphone users who want the same high quality for their own photo artwork in their homes and offices. The SnapBox print is a true photo giclée museum-quality wrapped print,” stated John Doe, CEO of Jondo. “With the broad use of smartphones and Instagram today, we are empowering these mobile users to quickly and easily transform their life moments into stunning works of art, and enabling them to create personalized galleries or themes of images in their homes.”


Consumers will have the choice of multiple sizes at special 2012 holiday prices ranging from $9.79 to $24.49. The sizes include a 5×5, 5×7, 8×10, 10×13, 9×9, with the 5×5 and 9×9 square SnapBox prints ideal for Instagram photos. The personalized SnapBox framed prints can be shipped to home, sent as a gift — or coming in early November, the option to pick up and pay for SnapBox prints at 12,000 participating retail locations.


All images are printed on stretched canvas, a poly cotton blend made exclusively for Jondo. The finished product has a gloss finish that protects against moisture, harmful UV rays and fading. The stretched canvas print is complete with a 100% kiln-dried wood frame, made from certified renewable forests in Argentina, with a black enamel finish.


To order a SnapBox framed print, consumers email their selected photo to [email protected] A response email arrives in minutes allowing consumers to preview their SnapBox photo, select and order different sizes. Customers can opt to pay right then for the mail-to-home option, or select free delivery to pick-up and pay at one of its participating retail locations, available in early November.  

SnapBox framed print orders are completed and delivered in a few days from one of Jondo’s state-of-the-art production facilities in Anaheim, Seattle or Albany, N.Y.
 

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