Foodservice Technology News

Albertsons LLC grocery chain confirmed that it is removing self-checkout systems from all of its stores because of a “very high focus on customer service.” It’s important to note that Albertson’s split into two chains a few years ago and Supervalu’s Albertsons have not said they are abandoning self-checkout.
Giant Eagle said it is offering a new iPhone app that allows customers to integrate and monitor their Giant Eagle coupons and accounts.
Kroger is now doing a trial in Texas where it has redesigned a store to completely do away with self-checkout.
Roundy’s Supermarkets has deployed Agilence’s Hawkeye POS video auditing solution.
Sinclair Oil Corp. of Salt Lake City and Daktronics Inc. of Brookings, S.D., announced the LED display manufacturer is now the petroleum distributor’s LED signage provider.
Safeway, WinCo Foods and Wegmans have each selected Sysrepublic’s Secure loss prevention software solution which enables them to identify and catch employee theft and decrease shrink.

ERJ Dining, LLC., which has signed a multi-year contract with Table Top Media, has completed the first phase of deployment of Ziosk touchscreen devices to its 30 Chili’s locations in St. Louis, Chicago and Central Illinois. TableTop Media is the creator of the Ziosk, a digital promotion and pay-at-the-table device for the casual dining restaurant market. A Ziosk resides on each table and enables guests to see promotions, play games, watch movie trailers, sign up for e-clubs, order desserts, take surveys and pay on demand when they are ready to depart.

McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited and MasterCard Canada have introduced the MasterCard PayPass contactless payment technology at participating restaurant locations throughout the country. PayPass point-of-sale terminals have been installed in over 1,400 McDonald’s restaurants in Canada.

Taco Bell is rolling out an entertainment network across its 5,600 locations. Guests will be able to interact with the network by downloading music, receiving opt in text messages, engaging in social media campaigns and accessing free Wi-Fi. All locations will be equipped by 2015. 

Retail Technology News
Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman aren’t known for their technical savviness, but their online sales are growing rapidly and the chains are investing more in tech innovations such as streaming fashion shows and shoe-shopping applications to help them stay ahead of the curve.

About Matt Werhner, Managing Editor
Matt has worked at Chain Store Guide for 6 years. He began his career with CSG as a Research Editor and was promoted to Managing Editor in 2007.  He graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. degree in English.