Survey: Most tablet owners use mobile devices to shop
LOS ANGELES — A survey released Monday by PriceGrabber said that 77% of consumers who own a tablet computer use either a tablet or a smartphone to shop.
The survey included responses from 1,829 U.S. online shopping consumers, 22% of whom indicated that they own a tablet computer.
When consumers who use their mobile devices for shopping were asked how often they make purchases from their mobile devices, 40% said a couple times a month, 23% said once a week, 20% said a few times a year, and 10% said daily.
"PriceGrabber continues to see a dramatic surge in mobile shopping, with more consumers making purchases from their mobile devices," said Graham Jones, general manager of PriceGrabber. "With the use of smartphones and tablet computers becoming increasingly common, consumers appear to be more readily embracing mobile as a go-to platform for shopping that can be easily accessed anywhere, anytime."
When tablet owners were asked if they had downloaded applications onto their mobile devices, 84% indicated that they had done so. PriceGrabber’s survey found that on average, these consumers currently have 39 apps on their mobile devices, seven of which are shopping-related.
"Consumers are becoming savvier and approaching mobile shopping from every angle by downloading not just one, but a variety of shopping-related apps that can offer them everything from price drops to bar code scanning to coupons," Jones added.
He added that PriceGrabber expects mobile shopping to be game-changing as consumers increasingly enact various strategies to find the best prices and retailers inevitably expand their mobile presence.
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Safeway’s Steve Frisby to lead Seattle division
PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway announced Monday a management change in the retailer’s Seattle division.
The company said Steve Frisby, will assume added responsibility of the division after the exit of the current president, Greg Sparks. Frisby, who joined Safeway in 1972, currently serves as the president of its Portland, Ore., division.
"Taking on this dual role is well suited to Steve’s extensive knowledge of our Northwest markets and his considerable leadership skills," said Safeway chairman, president and CEO Steve Burd. "His demonstrated ability to get results across a variety of competitive environments will serve Safeway’s interest well in the region."
Bi-Lo, Winn-Dixie announce completion of merger
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Bi-Lo has announced that it has successfully completed its merger with Winn-Dixie Stores. The two banners now will be subsidiaries of privately held parent company Bi-Lo Holding. Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie will continue to operate under the same banners, and the company does not expect any store closures as a result of the merger.
All Winn-Dixie stockholders will be eligible to receive $9.50 per share in cash for each share of common stock held, for a total purchase price of $560 million.
“With the merger of Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie now complete, we can begin delivering on this exciting combination for the benefit of our customers, team members and communities,” said Randall Onstead, CEO and president of Bi-Lo Holding. “Together, we are a stronger company that will be focused on meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations by offering even greater value with the service and shopping experience that they have come to expect.”
The company eventually will be headquartered in Jacksonville, which is centrally located within its eight-state operating area.
On Dec. 19, 2011, Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie announced that the companies had entered into a definitive agreement under which Bi-Lo would acquire all of the outstanding shares of Winn-Dixie stock at a price of $9.50 per share. As a result of the completion of the merger, Winn-Dixie’s common stock has been delisted from NASDAQ.
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