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Safeway makes its online shopping experience more accessible to those with visual impairments

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Friday announced a comprehensive initiative to make its online grocery shopping web site more accessible and usable for Safeway shoppers with visual impairments. The site enhancements are the result of collaboration between Safeway and several visually impaired customers.  

Safeway has adopted the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 level AA as its accessibility standard and has already made significant enhancements to its online shopping website to meet this standard and will continue to do so over the next year.

"Safeway has a long history of supporting our communities and people with disabilities. This decision is an important step toward helping our customers who are blind or visually impaired have a better shopping experience," stated Larree Renda, Safeway EVP.

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Giant-Carlisle opens 10th Peapod pickup spot

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. – Giant Food Stores is further expanding its partnership with sister company Peapod with the launch of a new pick-up spot at a store in a town near Philadelphia, the chain, also known as Giant-Carlisle, said.

Giant-Carlisle and online grocery service Peapod, both banners of Ahold USA, announced the launch of the pickup service in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. The store is the 10th Giant location in Pennsylvania to include a Peapod pickup spot.

"Our customers enjoy having options when it comes to when, where and how they want to shop," Giant-Carlisle VP sales and merchandising Jeff Beaulieu said. "Through our partnership with Peapod, Giant Pick Up is another convenient and affordable option for customers to quickly pick up their groceries while running other errands."

 

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Baby Elephant Ears provide neck, head support for infants

BY Alaric DeArment

CAMBRIDGE, Minn. — A new product is designed to provide babies with neck support and comfort while they’re in the seated position.

Baby Elephant Ears, invented by mother Alicia Overby, provide spinal and neck alignment and can be placed behind babies’ necks while they’re in the stroller, swing, car seat or on the changing table.

Overby created the pillow when it seemed her second child could never get comfortable. A chiropractor suggested something to better support the baby’s head and neck while in a seated position, as his discomfort was most likely due to strain experienced during labor and the normal lack of neck strength in infants.

 

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