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“Meijer has come up with a new way to keep the kids occupied while mom and dad shop for groceries: Play videos for them. Meijer soon will begin offering shopping carts that, for a $1 fee, play kid-friendly videos while parents shop. Called TV Karts or Kid Karts, the shopping …

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“‘It’s a self-everything world,’ said Mike Webster, vice president and general manager of NCR Self Service, which makes self-checkout equipment. ‘Customers increasingly are demanding self-service in all parts of their lives because of the convenience, the privacy and the speed that it affords the customer.’”

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“The problem came when I reached the checkout aisles and found no lines open and no friendly clerk waiting. A pale young woman who looked as if she hadn’t seen the sun since the Ford administration was standing over by the manager’s desk. She pointed sleepily to the end of …

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“Supermarket chains offering online shopping and delivery services are to introduce clearer pricing, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has announced. The UK’s leading online grocery retailers, Asda, Sainsbury, Tesco, Waitrose and Ocado, have agreed to make their pricing policies more transparent following an OFT investigation into complaints about discrepancies …

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“In 2004, Nancy Giehl spent $12,000 on groceries for her family of five. ‘Now, I probably spend about $9,000 a year,’ said Giehl, of Boulder, Colo. What’s changed since then is Giehl, 48, now is one of the many ‘players’ on a Web site called The Grocery Game. For a …

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