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Giant Eagle introduces shopping app for its Advantage Card members

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle last month launched an app for users of Android devices that’s tied to the grocer’s loyalty program. So far, the app has been downloaded as many as 5,000 times.

The app enables shoppers to peruse the weekly ad circular on their mobile phones or computers. The grocer’s eOffers (digital coupons) can be added to the customer’s Giant Eagle Advantage Card.

The app also includes a shopping list function where shoppers can add items to the list from their shopping history, scan an item bar code or add ingredients from a library of thousands of recipes.

There also is a menu planner function.

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Adflow Health Networks to install Personal Health Centers in Rite Aid stores

BY Alaric DeArment

FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. — Adflow Health Networks is planning to provide biometric screening kiosks in Rite Aid stores, the company said.

The two companies have signed an agreement whereby Adflow will install its Personal Health Centers in all of the retailer’s nearly 4,700 stores around the country. The kiosks measure blood pressure and also customize the user’s experience based on screen views, tests taken, test results, historical results, age and gender and other data sets.

"We are excited about our collaboration with Rite Aid for numerous reasons," Adflow CEO Mel Stein said. "Rite Aid customers enjoy this new technology and benefit from the additional health screenings. Additionally, markets will be able to engage with shoppers in what has now become the largest network of interactive digital biometric kiosks with leading national retail pharmacy chains across all classes of trade, worksites and health systems in North America."


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Ralphs commences hunger donation campaign

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — Kroger banner Ralphs has kicked off its annual hunger donation campaign at its stores.

Through Dec. 31, customers may purchase $1, $3 and $5 hunger donation cards to benefit their local Feeding America affiliate in Southern California. The program is part of Ralphs’ "Bringing Hope to the Table" initiative, which works to reduce hunger in communities across the region.

"Food banks and hunger agencies are facing unprecedented demand. In fact, 1-in-8 Americans struggle from hunger each year and the numbers are growing," Ralphs president Donna Giordano said. "Through ‘Bringing Hope to the Table,’ our customers and associates can drive funds to local food banks to help hungry people who are our neighbors."

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