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Coming soon to Sam’s Club: 3-D printers

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Home Depot had it first, but now MakerBot is coming to an even wider mass market arena as the 3-D printer rolls out at more than 300 Sam's Club locations in the United States.
 
“I truly believe that having the opportunity to learn about 3D printing first-hand is a big step towards a better understanding of the technology,” said Frank Alfano, acting CEO of MakerBot. “By expanding our retail presence into Sam’s Club, we’re providing opportunities to reach professionals, entrepreneurs and small business owners and show them the power of 3-D printing. Offering MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printers in retail stores exposes potential users to 3-D printing technology and provides them an opportunity to understand the benefits of 3-D printing today. We’ve made a conscious effort this past year to expand accessibility to MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers by working with key retailers like Sam’s Club.”
 
According to Alfano, bringing MakerBot printers into the mainstream offers a user-friendly way for the average consumer to leverage 3-D printing technology and avail himself of the related software, apps, MakerBot Learning, lectures, classes and parts and support offered through the company's MakerCare program.
 
“We strive to provide our members with access to the latest technology, at a great value," said SVP technology Dawn VonBechmann. "Offering the comprehensive MakerBot 3D Ecosystem is just one example of delivering on that commitment. Our members have shown interest in 3-D printing, both from a professional and small business aspect. Any member with a natural interest in creating things will be excited to learn more about this amazing technology.”
 
Home Depot initially started selling the printers in its retail stores last summer, which it introduced in select markets like Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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Delhaize Group completes sale of Bottom Dollar

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Delhaize Group has completed the sale of its Bottom Dollar Food store locations to ALDI.

As reported in November, Delhaize Group signed an agreement to sell its Bottom Dollar Food stores to deep-discount grocer Aldi for approximately $15 million, including the assumption of associated lease liabilities. The transaction involved 66 Bottom Dollar stores in the greater Philadelphia and Pittsburgh markets.
 

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CHICAGO — Cashiers at Walgreens are no longer required to bid farewell to each customer with a "Be well," according to a report Wednesday in The Chicago Tribune, though a focus on exemplary customer service is still in order. 
 
"[The send off] accomplished its goal of reinforcing our branding," spokesman Michael Polzin told The Tribune. "We'll continue to build our relationships with customers in other ways."
 
Citing a memo sent to Walgreens employees earlier this week, The Tribune reported that Walgreens employees are encouraged to learn their regular customers by name and greet their customers as it comes naturally. 
 
 
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