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Fred Meyer installs Canon large-format photo printers

BY Allison Cerra

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. — More than 130 Canon ImagePrograf iPF6300 large-format photo printers now are in operation at digital photo centers in Fred Meyer stores in the Northwest, Canon announced Wednesday.

The printers are designed so that consumers can print high-quality, poster-sized print collages of memorable moments.

“We are constantly trying to provide our customers with more options for their favorite photos and prints,” Fred Meyer VP photo, electronics and music Karen Hughes said. “We’re pleased to partner with Canon to give customers poster-sized prints of their treasured photos.”

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Hy-Vee launches mobile shopping app

BY Alaric DeArment

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee has introduced a mobile application that it said could make locating pie crust in its stores as easy as saying "pie."

The supermarket chain announced the release of the app, which allows customers to locate products, browse ads, search for recipes, build shopping lists, shop and interact with the company through social media. The app is built on the AT&T Mobile Enterprise Applications Platform and uses Taqtile Mobility’s Shingle solution.

"We decided to jump into the social media conversation and make our stores easier to navigate by developing an app that helps you find the foods you’re looking for faster and even tweet about what’s missing on our shelves," Hy-Vee assistant VP media relations Ruth Comer said. "This app gives us another way to communicate with customers and fulfill our mission of making lives easier, healthier and happier."

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Stop & Shop customers, partners donate nearly $2 million through Food for Friends program

BY Allison Cerra

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop announced that its customers and partners donated nearly $2 million through the company’s annual fundraising program.

The supermarket chain said it will donate 100% of the funds, raised through the 22nd annual Food for Friends program, to regional food banks and local pantries across the Northeast as part of the company’s hunger relief efforts.

The storewide effort ran from Oct. 28 and through Dec. 11, 2011.

"Food for Friends is an easy way for communities to come together and give food security to those who wouldn’t otherwise have it," said Mark McGowan, president of Stop & Shop’s New England division. "We are proud to have partnered with our customers and help provide more than 15 million meals to families across the Northeast this winter."

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