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Southeastern Grocers donates more than 3.6 million meals to Feeding America

BY DSN STAFF

Southeastern Grocers’ customers and associates joined forces to help combat hunger in their local communities by raising nearly $218,000 through an in-store hunger relief program.

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based retailer, who also is the parent company of Bi-Lo, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie, partnered with 25 Feeding America local food banks and provided more than $150,000 in fresh produce and shelf-stable products to food insecure communities, the company said.

“We want to recognize and thank our generous customers and associates for their contributions to this important cause through our Feeding America partner food banks,” Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, said. “We care passionately about the deep impacts of food insecurity in our communities and we were proud to implement the Hunger Relief Program to raise funds in our stores, provide meals through mobile pantries and food donations to serve those who struggle to put food on their tables, especially over the summer. We are committed to being a company that our associates, customers and communities can always count on.”

Southeastern Grocers’ foundation also activated a two-week, company-wide hunger relief program that ran from June 27 to July 10. The program allowed consumers to donate during checkout and associates the opportunity to volunteer with food banks at mobile pantries throughout the Southeast.

“Thank you Southeastern Grocers for engaging the community to fight hunger,” Matt Knott, president of Feeding America, said. “The summer is a key time to support families in need. By utilizing their customers and associates to raise awareness and funds, SEG continues to be a critical partner in the fight to end hunger for their communities.”

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Dollar Tree’s distribution network continues to grow

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Dollar Tree has opened the doors to its 23rd distribution center, and another is on the way.

The company’s newest facility is located in Warrensburg, Missouri. The distribution center will service the 11 of the company’s stores located across 11 Midwestern states.

Dollar Tree invested approximately $110 million in the facility, according to the company.

The discounter also recently broke ground on its 24th distribution center in Morrow County, Ohio, scheduled to open in summer 2019. This new facility will be 1.2 million sq. ft., and is expected to create 400 new jobs in the local community.

Both buildings will bolster the retailer’s distribution network, which shipped and received more than 1.7 billion cases of merchandise in 2017.

Dollar Tree operates nearly 15,000 stores across the United States and five Canadian provinces.

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Snapchat, Amazon reportedly developing visual search

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Snapchat could potentially make it easier for users to make a purchase from Amazon.

Code buried within the social media channel’s Android app update includes an unreleased “visual search” feature that connects users to Amazon’s product listings, according to TechCrunch.

Codenamed “Eagle,” the service encourages users to “press and hold” the camera feature to identify an object, song, or barcode. The data is then sent to Amazon, Shazam or other partners. Once an object’s data or barcode has been scanned, it is sent to Amazon. Users are then linked to the product on Amazon’s website, according to the report.

The code also prompts users to “share product,” “send product,” or “see all results at Amazon.”

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