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AisleBuyer inks deal with Alliance

BY Allison Cerra

BOSTON — A mobile shopping platform has inked a deal to sell its checkout solution to various retailers.

AisleBuyer said that Alliance will sell its mobile self-checkout solution, which allows shoppers to scan a bar code, read product information and reviews, and complete the checkout process directly from a mobile device without having to wait in line.

"AisleBuyer has developed something really exciting by fundamentally changing the way people experience shopping," said Jeff Coppolo, managing director and partner of Alliance. "We at Alliance are excited to leverage our payments expertise and relationships to support AisleBuyer’s sales efforts and are confident that customer demand will be high."

AisleBuyer’s chief revenue officer, Mark Farnham, stated: "In our discussions with major retailers, there’s been a real demand for mobile self-checkout technology, and this partnership with Alliance will help us implement our solution quickly and reliably, offering immediate value to retailers of all types."

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Harris Teeter continues promoting Yourwellness

BY Allison Cerra

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Harris Teeter is encouraging shoppers to get healthy in 2011 by promoting its Yourwellness program.

The program, which launched in 2006, helps customers learn about healthy lifestyle changes through its membership program, where customers can receive exclusive tips and savings via e-mail. This year, the retailer said, two members of the Yourwellness team — Russell Greenfield, known as "Dr. Russ," and nutritionist Beth Avery — will take shoppers on a video tour of Harris Teeter’s grocery aisles. Their goal: to help customers learn how to prepare a variety of delicious foods while keeping wellness in mind.

In late September 2010, the retailer expanded its Yourwellness program by offering an updated generic prescription savings club.

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Walmart Foundation donates $2 million to make food banks ‘green’

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart’s philanthropic arm announced a $2 million donation to help food banks save money on energy bills.

This funding, the Walmart Foundation said, will help 16 food banks "go green" by becoming more energy efficient through lighting, refrigeration or heating and air-conditioning equipment upgrades.

This initiative is a part of Walmart’s commitment to fighting hunger. In May, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced a $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment through the end of 2015, including:

  • Donating more than 1.1 billion lbs. of food from Walmart stores, distribution centers and Sam’s Club locations, valued at $1.75 billion;

  • Giving $250 million in grants to support hunger relief organizations at the national, state and local levels; and

  • Collaborating with government, food manufacturers and other corporations that are fighting hunger to increase impact and reach a greater number of families in need.

"These grants underscore Walmart’s commitment to lead on both hunger relief and sustainability," said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. "Every dollar these food banks save on energy costs is another dollar they can use to help meet the hunger needs of their local communities."

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