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Okla. regional supermarket chain introduces mobile payment system

BY Alaric DeArment

PASADENA, Calif. — Customers at Oklahoma City-based Homeland Stores can pay for groceries with their smartphones, thanks to a new mobile payment system announced Monday.

Homeland and Pasadena, Calif.-based mobile payments technology provider DoubleBeam announced the completion of a pilot of SwiftScan, a mobile application currently accepted at 20 of the chain’s 78 stores. The chain will add 26 more stores by the end of October.

"The SwiftScan app is another example of Homeland’s commitment to save our customers time and money each time they visit our stores," Homeland president and CEO Daryl Fitzgerald said. "We have had a tremendous response to the app and are pleased to make the convenient pay-by-phone services available at more Homeland locations throughout our community."

Within three months of the initial pilot, which started last June, 1,500 customers downloaded the app and have purchased $55,000 in goods using it. Once downloaded, customers can activate the payment option by taking a picture of a check and a photo ID and then scan a QR code at the register to pay for purchases, selecting a payment option. As part of an introductory reward, customers who pay for purchases with the app will earn 20 cents off per gallon for gas purchased at participating Homeland and Shell gas stations.

 

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Squeez’Ems allow easy storage for blended, pureed food

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Booginhead has introduced a way for parents who make their own baby food to conveniently carry and store it.

Booginhead’s Squeez’Ems are reusable food pouches for pureed and blended food, designed to be easy to fill, clean and store, and ideal for such foods as yogurt, applesauce and homemade baby food.

The pouches, which come with a resealable screw top, are free of BPA, PVC and phthalate and cost $7.99 per duo pack.

 

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Yankee Candle introduces Thanksgiving fragrances

BY Alaric DeArment

 SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Yankee Candle Co. has introduced its collection of scented, Thanksgiving-themed candles, the company said Monday.

Yankee announced the launch of the Thanksgiving Dinner Collection, which includes such fragrances as Turkey with Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce and Sweet Potato Pie. For each candle sold, $1 will be donated to the USO. The donations will take place between Sept. 30 and Oct. 31, and will support the USO’s Holiday Box program for military personnel stationed overseas.

"Many of our customers value Thanksgiving as a time for spending with loved ones, so the Thanksgiving Collection is a way for them to relive and celebrate the holiday," Yankee EVP brand, innovation and merchandising Hope Margala Klein said. "We are so grateful to be working with the USO to connect our troops overseas with home and show a token of our appreciation."

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