Rite Aid selects Planalytics for business weather intelligence
BERWYN, Pa. Planalytics announced that Rite Aid has subscribed to its Business Weather Intelligence Platform.
Rite Aid is utilizing Planalytics’ Consumer Insights service to analyze, quantify and manage the weather’s impact on store traffic and demand for select product categories.
Planalytics’ weather-driven demand forecasts identify when, where and how much weather will influence demand for specific products, enabling clients to effectively align inventories with sales opportunities in individual regions or markets.
Rite Aid accepting EBT cards, food stamps at stores
CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Thursday announced that all Rite Aid pharmacies now accept EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards and food stamps provided through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
“One-in-eight Americans are receiving food assistance through SNAP, according to the USDA,” stated Brian Fiala, Rite Aid EVP store operations. “With nearly 4,800 Rite Aid stores nationwide offering assorted groceries, accepting EBT cards is just another convenience we can offer to our customers and help make their lives a little easier.”
SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is administered by the USDA and offers families and individuals at certain income levels financial assistance in purchasing food and beverages. Electronic Benefits Transfer is the electronic system that allows a SNAP recipient to authorize transfer of their government benefits from a federal account to a retailer account to pay for products received. SNAP benefit recipients are issued EBT cards that look like debit cards.
Report: Food Lion pulls plug on Bloom stores expansion
RALEIGH, N.C. Food Lion has pulled its plans to bring four Bloom stores to the North Carolina market, according to local reports.
The four stores, which currently are under construction, will become Food Lions instead. Spokeswoman Christy Phillips-Brown said the company will focus on increasing the number of Bloom stores in existing markets rather than expanding into new ones.
The Bloom chain, which was introduced in 2004, has 66 stores, including one opening in Charlotte this week. The stores are known for such tech-savvy features as scanner guns and recipe kiosks.