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Peapod expands in NYC

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Royal Ahold’s Peapod online grocery service is expanding in New York, according to published reports.

According to the reports, the new service, Peapod by Stop & Shop, will fill orders using the existing warehouse presence of Ahold supermarket banner Stop & Shop, which operates several stores in the city. In addition to groceries, Peapod also offers numerous health and beauty products.

The service will reach residents in the Midtown, Upper East Side and Upper West Side areas of Manhattan, where another grocery retailer, FreshDirect, already has a strong presence. Peapod offers a similar service, Peapod by Giant, in the Washington, D.C., metro area, a market served by fellow Ahold banner Giant-Landover.

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Report: U.S. consumer spending up in February, economy on ‘firmer footing’

BY DSN STAFF

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A report released Monday by the Commerce Department showed that consumer spending in the United States rose more than forecasted in February as incomes climbed.

Bloomberg News estimated spending would advance 0.5%.

Purchases increased 0.7% — the most since October 2010 — after advancing 0.3% the prior month. Incomes increased 0.3%, less than the 0.4% projected.

The report also showed that the United States added jobs for the sixth consecutive month in February, and the unemployment rate fell to the lowest level since April 2009.

Retail sales climbed in February by the most in four months, boosted by a jump in auto purchases. “The economic recovery is on a firmer footing,” federal officials said.

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Drug Store News launches mobile website

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Recognizing and responding to the changing U.S. digital media landscape, Drug Store News is making it even easier for online readers to quickly navigate the latest leading industry news via a newly launched mobile version.

The new mobile version of the site, m.DrugStoreNews.com, includes such categories as top retailers, supplier news, pharmacy, OTC, beauty, new products and insights. Now when accessing the DSN website via a mobile device, a message will appear giving users the option to access the easy-to-read mobile version.

"We recently conducted a study and learned that more than 85% of our readers use a smartphone, so clearly there was a need to create the mobile edition of our website to help our ‘on-the-go’ readers, suppliers and retailers alike gain access to Drug Store News content in a convenient, easy-to read format via their smartphone," said Wayne Bennett, publisher of The Drug Store News Group. "As the leading provider of retail pharmacy news, we are excited to offer our readers this new mobile format."

Further underscoring the importance of adapting to the fluid digital landscape is the findings of ComScore’s "2010 U.S. Digital Year in Review" report. The annual report by the provider of digital business analytics found that nearly half (47%) of mobile subscribers now are connected Internet media users (via browsers, applications or downloaded content), which is up eight percentage points from the previous year.

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