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Report: Stop & Shop to implement mobile shopping app

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — About one month after launching a mobile application that syncs customers’ loyalty cards to provide access to online accounts, Stop & Shop is forging ahead with new technology, according to published reports.

Three Stop & Shop stores in the Boston area on Monday will launch a software app from Modiv Media that allows customers with iPhones (iPhone 3GS or higher) to scan grocery items and add them to an electronic shopping cart, the Boston Globe reported. Modiv Media plans to offer an app that runs on Google’s Android operating system later this year.

How it works: By aiming the phone’s camera at the bar code on a product package, the customer can see the price and add it to an electronic shopping cart. Once shopping is done, the app relays the information to a checkout register, where the customer can pay with cash or a credit card. The app speeds up the checkout process by eliminating the need for a store employee to manually scan the items.

Modiv Media already offers the same service through handheld self-checkout scanners found in 350 supermarkets in the United States, including local Stop & Shop outlets.

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Sergeant’s introduces generic flea, tick treatments

BY Allison Cerra

OMAHA, Neb. — Sergeant’s Pet Care Products will be launching generic versions of popular flea and tick topical treatments next month.

The company said that its generic versions of Frontline Plus, FiproGuard Plus and Pronyl OTC Plus will hit retail in May, providing pet owners with a lower-cost option to keep pets healthy.

"Lower cost means more pets will be protected from the dangers fleas and ticks present," Sergeant’s president and CEO Bob Scharf said. "For more than 140 years, Sergeant’s has been a trusted, reliable source of products to improve and protect pets’ health. These products are one of the many innovative flea and tick products from Sergeant’s. Retailers and consumers are very excited about this addition."

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Impinj to make IPO

BY Alaric DeArment

SEATTLE — A company that makes tracking technology for retailers and drug companies is making an initial public offering.

Seattle-based Impinj, which makes ultra-high-frequency radio-frequency identification tags, made the announcement Thursday, saying it had filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed IPO.

Impinj’s tags, which are cheaper and smaller than regular RFID tags, are used by retailers to track inventory and by drug companies to keep counterfeit drugs out of the supply chain.

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