Supervalu announces expansion to existing Boise location
Minneapolis Supervalu announced plans to expand its Boise location by 26,000 square feet, adding on to their current 34,000 square foot center. The company, which has two data centers—one in Boise and the other located in Eden Praire, Minn.—has decided that the Boise center will be its primary location.
The Boise location will be used to process data from its stores and distribution centers, whereas the Eden Prairie site will be used for testing and development. The reason Eden Prairie was not chosen for acquisition was simply because there was no room, according to published reports.
“This is a natural step for Supervalu as we continue to harness the efficiencies across the company by consolidating data center functions into one primary location,” Paul Singer, Supervalu’s chief information officer, stated.
Although there will be a significant expansion, the possibility of the need for additional employees is unlikely, as the data center is automated, and, according to Singer, “the staff should be able to handle the increased data load.”
General Imaging to sell cameras at Walgreens
LAS VEGAS General Imaging used the first day of the Photo Marketing Association show to announce it will begin selling its cameras at Walgreens in April.
The buzz on opening day at PMA centered on the new wave of new cameras loaded with such features as face and smile recognition at lower prices, a product of a mature market that’s unlikely to match the 34 million cameras sold in the U.S. last year. “Walgreens has been selling some of our cameras on their Web site but they’ll soon be selling them in 6,000 stores,” said Rene Buhay, General Imaging senior vice president of sales and marketing, Americas. “And this will be our first venture into the food and drug category.”
Speaking from the PMA show floor in Las Vegas, Buhay said stores would carry the basic A735 and E850 models with prices starting at $89. “Having our cameras available in stores that are so familar to generations of Americans is a great accomplishment,” he said. “This will help us greatly in further extending our brand.” Buhay said entering Walgreens would expand its GE branded line of cameras to more than 22,000 storefronts. The company also unveiled nine new cameras at PMA.
The PMA show will run until Feb. 2 and is expected to attract more than 20,000 attendees who will check out the latest cameras and printers from major vendors, including Canon, Kodak, Sony, Nikon and Hewlett-Packard.
HearAtLast opens its first stand-alone U.S. location
TORONTO HearAtLast Holdings, which operates hearing clinics within select Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations, has announced the opening of its U.S. first clinic in The Villages, an adult community in Florida.
Prior to the opening, HearAtLast Stores operated exclusively within select Wal-Mart Stores and Sam’s Clubs throughout Canada. The company has nearly doubled its locations expanding from eight to 15 outlets between October and December of 2007. With the newest location, there are currently 16 hearing clinics in Canada and the United States.
The U.S. HearAtLast location is the product of a joint venture between HearAtLast and Vivatone Hearing Systems, a maker of digital hearing aids.
HearAtLast locations sell a selection of hearing aids and offer complimentary screening tests, clinical hearing tests, instant custom MP3 headphones and custom hearing protection.