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Reports: SpotOn rolls out tablet-based loyalty program network

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — A new network allows customers to use tablets to participate in customer loyalty programs, according to published reports.

MediaPost reported that SpotOn, a San Rafael, Calif.-based company that develops customer loyalty platforms, rolled out its network Friday, with about 1,500 independent and regional chain retailers; the network had previously been under development for more than a year. Most of the retailers are in the Atlanta area, Texas, Arizona, California and the Midwest, but that it’s adding about 500 new ones per month.

Under the program, customers are given a tablet that they can use to scan their loyalty cards or enter their loyalty numbers and then "check in" at the retailer to receive discounts, electronic coupons and other benefits.

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Supervalu names new president of its DC/Baltimore Shoppers division

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Monday announced Robert Bly will join the company as president of Shoppers, a 56-store division in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., market.

Bly is expected to begin his new role on Aug. 22 and will report to Chuck Elias, SVP retail operations. Bly replaces Tim Lowe, who recently accepted a new leadership role in Supervalu’s merchandising organization.

"[Bly’s] knowledge of grocery operations and improving company performance through proven business acumen will lead Shoppers to improving the bottom line while maintaining our customer experience,” Elias stated.

Bly, 49, most recently VP of the Kmart and Sears divisions for Sears Holdings, has experience turning around underperforming retail operations and helping companies streamline operational costs while ensuring that team members are engaged in the business, Supervalu noted.

Prior to Sears, Bly held positions with Road Ranger, a convenience store chain, and spent 22 years with Meijer, a grocery and general merchandise store where he held executive and store-level positions and implemented statergic plans to improve sales, inventory management and operational execution.

“Bob’s experience in transforming companies makes him an excellent addition to our leadership team. We look forward to his contributions to Shoppers as we pursue our sales, profitability and growth objectives,” Elias said.

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UrgentRx to introduce allergy SKU in October

BY Michael Johnsen

DENVER — UrgentRx will be adding an allergy relief product to its portfolio of on-the-go OTC solutions in October, the company recently announced.

The new product, called Allergy Attack Relief to Go and formulated with 25 mg of diphenhydramine, will be available as a raspberry-flavored powder that will retail for a suggested $1.39.

"Our medicine is fast because you can always have it with you — it fits in your wallet. And you don’t need water. You just pour it in your mouth," stated UrgentRx president Jordan Eisenberg. "Furthermore, because it’s a powder, it starts dissolving immediately and works significantly faster than traditional tablets or pills. An allergic reaction can be very serious and really scary, so we are excited to launch a new product that will help those suffering sudden allergy attacks."

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