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Wegmans Food Markets introduces new app

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Wegmans Food Markets on Thursday upgraded its complimentary shopper’s app. 

“Ever since we released the first version of our app a couple of years ago, we’ve been listening to customer feedback and making improvements based on what we hear,” stated Jason Wehle, director of internet marketing for Wegmans. “One of the most common requests we received was for compatibility with Android devices. We’re excited that this new version delivers on that request, and it will soon work with Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook too."

For iPhone users, Wegmans helped personalize the app by including the ability to reference past purchases. "We’ve added other features too, from more nutrition information to estimating what it will cost to buy the items on your list," Wehle said.  

And the app is expected to help expedite the grocery trip. The Wegmans app organizes shopping lists by aisle according to the store’s layout. If a shopper visits a different Wegmans, users can switch to another store location. The new app also estimates the total cost of the items on the shopping list. “Customers have asked us for this feature because it offers more control over spending and planning. It helps keep the food budget on target,” Wehle said.

Other tasks that can be completed on the app include refilling a prescription, checking store locations and hours, watching cooking videos, browsing recipes and checking nutrition information.


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Device fools burglars into thinking somebody’s home

BY Alaric DeArment

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Strictly speaking, television is a pulsating blue light, which is why from the outside of a house, it makes it look as though the entire living room or bedroom is glowing blue while turned on. That’s the basic principal behind a new device designed to ward off burglars.

FakeTV, manufactured by Hydreon Corp., uses LEDs to simulate the light produced by a television set, using a built-in computer to produce effects that emulate variations in light and color that come from scene changes, camera pans, fades, flicks and on-screen motion.

"My wife and I were going out for the evening, and I decided to leave the TV on so that it looked like somebody was still at home," inventor Blaine Readler said. "I commented that it was a shame to waste all that electricity, when the burlgars couldn’t even see the picture itself, just the reflection on the wall."


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Walgreens raises quarterly dividend, names new controller

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — The board of directors of Walgreens on Thursday declared a regular quarterly dividend of 27.5 cents per share, a 22.2% increase over the year ago dividend. The dividend is payable March 12, 2013, to shareholders of record Feb. 15, 2013.

Walgreens has paid a dividend in 321 straight quarters (more than 80 years) and has raised its dividend for 37 consecutive years. Over the last five years, Walgreens annual dividend rate has increased from 38 cents per share to $1.10 per share, resulting in a compound annual growth rate of nearly 24%.

The board today also elected Ted Heidloff as controller of the company. Heidloff succeeds Mia Scholz, who continues in her role with Walgreens as SVP corporate financial operations.

Heidloff, 36, had served as assistant controller since joining Walgreens in May 2011. Previously, he served as controller of Aon Hewitt, a division of Aon Corp., from October 2010 to April 2011, and as assistant controller of Hewitt Associates from September 2008 to September 2010. He also served as controller of Brunswick Boat Group, a division of Brunswick Corp., from April 2007 to August 2008.

 


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