Giant Eagle seeks to make hybrid stores ”consumer friendly”
PITTSBURGH Giant Eagle plans to expand its mini-grocer/c-store/pharmacy hybrid into the Pittsburgh market this year, after making some final adjustments to the two-year live prototype — the 13,500-sq.-ft. Giant Eagle Express — according to published reports released Friday.
Many of the changes focus on making the format more consumer-friendly, such as more seating for its cafe-style offering, where consumers can enjoy a coffee while surfing the Internet via Wi-Fi, or the placement of a cash register specifically for gas sales for motorists looking for the quick-in/quick-out gas purchase.
Other changes represent a tinkering with the product mix, tailoring a category offering from the full breadth available through the grocer’s core stores to more of a focused good-better-best selection that better suits the limited shelf space and a convenience-minded consumer. Also gone from the mix are certain staple items, like canned vegetables and certain frozen items. Instead, Giant Eagle has focused on more convenient-food wares — fresh produce and ready-to-eat soups, for example, and added prepared foods like sushi and sandwiches.The changes were based on feedback and an analysis of sales over the first several months, company officials reported.
The company hopes to open as many as five more Express stores in the coming two years, according to those reports, with the next one opening toward the end of the year.
Homedics unveils No-Touch Thermometer
COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. Homedics showcased its No-Touch Thermometer at ECRM’s Home Health Care conference last week. The thermometer, which can be used for both fever temperature readings on a child as well as the temperature of a feeding bottle, features a press-and-hold button that lights green when the thermometer is an appropriate distance from the surface. No-Touch Thermometer retails for a suggested $79.99 and also features memory recall of the last 20 temperature readings.
Mueller awarded ‘Outstanding New Product’ award at ECRM Home Health Care
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wisc. Mueller Sports Medicine was recognized at ECRM Home Health Care last week with the “Outstanding New Product” award. The award represents the buyer’s pick for best new product introduced at the show. Mueller was gifted a full-page advertisement in Drug Store News for winning the award.
Mueller was recognized for its Mueller Green Adjustable Back and Abdominal Support, featuring a unique cinching brace with pull-straps designed for one-handed tightening for abdominal compression and lumbar support.
The product begins shipping in June and will retail for a suggested $34.99. The product is part of Mueller’s green line, so named because of the more environmentally-materials used in production. But in this case, the green has more meaning. The back and abdominal support brace could replace as many as four SKUs on the shelf, which could mean more green for a retailer’s supply chain.