Industry News: Retail and Foodservice Technology – April 2014
Supermarket and Convenience:
Meijer is testing an automated system that speeds up the checkout process at one of its Michigan stores. Shoppers place merchandise on a conveyor belt, the items are scanned, and then sent to one of three collection areas where customers bag them.
Discount and Specialty:
Family Dollar is currently rolling out loss prevention technology from Checkpoint Systems across the retailer’s more than 8,000 stores nationwide.
Sleepy’s has launched new web and mobile commerce sites on the Demandware platform.
Department Stores and Apparel:
Neiman Marcus is working with Oracle Retail and will use Oracle Retail Merchandise Planning and Optimization, Merchandising Operations Management, Supply Chain Management and Execution, and Merchandising Analytics.
BJ’s Restaurants is testing a mobile system that would allow customers to place orders ahead of time and pay at the table using a smartphone.
Boston Market recently completed a WiFi rollout across all of its locations.
Burger King plans to add a mobile-payment option to its domestic stores next month with plans to make the technology available at all of its more than 7,000 units in the United States within a few months. The app will provide coupons and nutrition facts and allow payment values to be loaded onto a virtual card.
Delhaize America has entered into a multi-year agreement for Revionics Life Cycle Price Optimization solutions.
Darden Restaurants plans to launch online ordering this month at Olive Garden and complete the nationwide rollout by August. LongHorn Steakhouse will test a web-based reservation system in June of this year. Both LongHorn and Olive Garden will test tabletop tablets later this year.
Panera Bread has unveiled “Panera 2.0” which brings together new capabilities for digital ordering, payment, operations and consumption for patrons who choose to eat in as well as for those who order to go.
Wendy’s is rolling out a program that lets customers pay using their smartphones.