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Supervalu makes shopping trips more efficient with debut of mobile app

BY DSN STAFF

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu announced the launch of a custom-built mobile application designed to give customers the tools they need to be efficient while shopping at its stores.

The company tested the mobile app at its Cub Food stores this past November, and formally launched the app to the rest of the company’s traditional banners during this month. One of the unique features to the app is its synchronization with the banner websites. The shopping list is synchronized with the website in real time so a member of the family can update the list from home while another is shopping, Supervalu said.

The mobile app is available for use on all Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and Android devices. The app also now is available in the Apple App Store, the Android Market and the Amazon Android Market.

As our customers continue to be crunched for time, this new app and its capabilities allow for a more hassle-free shopping experience,” said Kat Kozitza, Supervalu’s director of digital and social media. “Customers of our 1,100 retail locations can now find a store close to them, view the current weekly ad and manage a shopping list all from their mobile device.”

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Costco profit up in Q2

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ISSAQUAH, Wash. — Costco is off to a good start in 2012, with high increases in second-quarter sales and earnings.

The company reported that net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 increased 10% to $22.5 billion, from $20.5 billion last year. Total comparable-store sales for the quarter increased 8%, consisting of an 8% increase at both U.S. and international clubs. Excluding the impact of fuel, comparable-store sales were up 7%, consisting of a 7% increase at U.S. clubs and a 10% increase at international clubs.

Net income for the quarter was $394 million, or 90 cents per diluted share, compared with $348 million, or 79 cents per diluted share, last year.

Costco currently operates 600 warehouses, including 433 in the United States and Puerto Rico, 82 in Canada, 32 in Mexico, 22 in the United Kingdom, 13 in Japan, eight in Taiwan, seven in Korea and three in Australia.

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Bottom Dollar Food extends reach in New Jersey

BY Allison Cerra

SALISBURY, N.C. — Discount grocer Bottom Dollar Food announced plans to open eight additional stores in New Jersey.

The first two stores will open Friday in Trenton and Cinnaminson, followed by openings in Bordentown, Edgewater, Bellmawr, Woodbury, Mt. Holly and East Windsor throughout 2012 and 2013. Bottom Dollar Food currently operates five stores in the state.

"We have been pleased with customer reaction to our current five stores in New Jersey and we are very excited to continue serving customers at our additional locations in the market," Bottom Dollar Food president Meg Ham said. "New Jersey customers will find Bottom Dollar Food unique because of our unbelievably low prices on quality private brands and the national brands that matter most, and our meaningful, efficient assortment of fresh produce and meat."

As previously reported, Bottom Dollar Food opened its first 14 stores in the greater Pittsburgh and Youngstown, Ohio, markets, in an effort to strengthen the portfolio of the chain’s parent company, Delhaize America, the U.S. subsidiary of Delhaize Group.

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