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by Brian Lutz
Yesterday, 9:39 am
Forum: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Walgreens to test drone deliveries
Replies: 0
Views: 102

Walgreens to test drone deliveries

https://komonews.com/news/tech/walgreens-google-affiliate-to-launch-drone-delivery-test-09-19-2019 Next month, Walgreens will be partnering with Wing (a company affiliated with Google) to test delivery of products by drone in Christianburg Virginia, offering delivery of a relatively limited number o...
by Brian Lutz
September 19th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: JCPenney Remodels
Replies: 13
Views: 1016

Re: JCPenney Remodels

In general, it seems that malls don't do exterior remodels all that often, if at all. At Southcenter Mall in Tukwila WA, the JCPenney and Macy's (formerly Bon Marche) have basically the same exteriors they had when the mall opened in 1969.
by Brian Lutz
September 18th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Kroger and creepy PA Announcements
Replies: 23
Views: 3160

Re: Kroger and creepy PA Announcements

It seems to be the Verifone PINPad hardware, and is not limited to Fred Meyer stores. I've heard the same pinpad jingle (which indicates when it's safe to remove your chip card) in Target and Costco stores as well. Contactless payments (such as from payment apps) don't do it because there's no need ...
by Brian Lutz
September 13th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Northwest, Rockies, & Alaska USA
Topic: H Mart opening two Downtown Seattle locations
Replies: 4
Views: 202

H Mart opening two Downtown Seattle locations

https://seattle.eater.com/2019/9/13/20863922/district-h-seattle-h-mart-us-location-south-lake-union Korean grocer H Mart is opening two stores in Downtown Seattle this month; one regular (but presumably smaller than usual) H Mart store near Pike Place Market, and a more upscale "District H" store (w...
by Brian Lutz
September 13th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Tabletop tablets in chain restaurants
Replies: 12
Views: 2181

Re: Tabletop tablets in chain restaurants

I think the main challenge for integrating the tablets into the tables would be that most restaurants would have no way to power them, although it looks like the Ziosk and Presto tablets have removable batteries that would presumably be removed and charged overnight (fairly large capacity batteries ...
by Brian Lutz
September 11th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Bristol Farms, Metropolitan Market & Lazy Acres Acquired!
Replies: 6
Views: 805

Re: Bristol Farms, Metropolitan Market & Lazy Acres Acquired!

Metropolitan Market seems to be a fairly high-end operator, but their stores I've been in tend to be on the small side. Asian ethnic grocers here seem to favor larger stores with things like food courts and large non-food item selections. For example, the Uwajimaya store in Seattle has its own a foo...
by Brian Lutz
September 11th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Tabletop tablets in chain restaurants
Replies: 12
Views: 2181

Re: Tabletop tablets in chain restaurants

My guess is that the on-tablet games are probably aimed at two groups: Kids whose parents are trying to get them to settle down, and people who have been drinking and might be more inclined to make the impulse purchase. As for the tablets, I have yet to see them anywhere besides Applebee's and Red R...
by Brian Lutz
September 10th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Wendy's to serve breakfast in all locations in 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 362

Wendy's to serve breakfast in all locations in 2020

https://komonews.com/news/offbeat/wendys-is-introducing-a-nationwide-breakfast-menu-in-2020 Wendy's is planning to expand their breakfast menu to all locations in 2020, up from roughly 300 locations currently. I've only had their breakfast at a now closed airport location at Sea-Tac but thought it w...
by Brian Lutz
September 8th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Northwest, Rockies, & Alaska USA
Topic: Oregon AFL-CIO sponsors ballot initiative to severely restrict self checkouts
Replies: 7
Views: 729

Oregon AFL-CIO sponsors ballot initiative to severely restrict self checkouts

https://reason.com/2019/09/06/union-backed-ballot-initiative-would-limit-grocery-stores-to-2-self-checkout-machines/?fbclid=IwAR1YP-m7U4kcKbQbiO01Ln7mFysYlZA2Xgt6fo5rbHFu3MpvdVyQOBAFMGw The AFL-CIO union in Oregon is sponsoring a 2020 ballot initiative that would prohibit stores from operating more ...
by Brian Lutz
August 28th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Lord and Taylor sold for $100m to clothing rental company
Replies: 3
Views: 521

Lord and Taylor sold for $100m to clothing rental company

https://komonews.com/news/nation-world/lord-taylor-sold-for-100m-to-rental-clothing-company Le Tote, a company that rents clothing on a subscription basis, is buying Lord and Taylor for $100 million. It sounds like Hudson's Bay will continue to operate the remaining stores, at least for the time bei...