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Will paperless receipts become the norm?

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — After Apple began giving consumers the option to receive paperless receipts, it seems that other retailers are following suit, according to published reports.

While it’s common knowledge that cutting back on the use of paper has a positive impact on the environment, eco-conscious consumers that would prefer to receive their receipts electronically (via e-mail) now may have more options.

A new report by the Boston Herald said many retailers already have opted in to use a paperless option. The report noted that some retailers, including Whole Foods and many apparel retailers, have tapped such software makers as Intuit, the developer of Quick Receipts, to provide customers with a more environmentally friendly option to keep a record of their purchases.

“It’s the next big thing in retail,” Richard Mader, executive director of the Association for Retail Technology Standards, a division of the National Retail Federation, said. “In five years, up to 60% of retailers will go paperless.”

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Tops scores with NuVal

BY Allison Cerra

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. — Tops Markets shoppers should expect to see something new on store shelves.

The regional supermarket chain recently announced its implementation of nutrition scoring system NuVal, which allows consumers to see the nutritional value of foods they purchase by looking at the items’ shelf tags. Tops, who will roll out the program in 1,000 stores, joins a breadth of retailers that have rolled out the NuVal system in their stores.

"This partnership [with NuVal] gives us the opportunity to help our customers make better-informed decisions about nutrition," said Frank Curci, Tops president and CEO.

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Report: Giant Eagle named largest private company in Pittsburgh

BY Michael Johnsen

PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle was named the largest Pittsburgh-area private company, with 2010 revenues of $8.6 billion, by the Pittsburgh Business Times in a report published Friday.

The Pittsburgh Business Times ranks the largest Pittsburgh-area private companies by 2010 revenue. Coming in at No. 6 on the list was Gateway Health Plan, with $1.4 billion in revenue. GNC ranked No. 4 with $1.8 billion in 2010 revenue.

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