How Gross Is Your Shopping Cart?

If this story doesn’t get you to use those antibacterial wipes at grocery store entrances, nothing will. The California-based organization ReuseThisBag.com decided to celebrate its 10th anniversary of making “green” reusable grocery bags by swabbing items in grocery stores for bacteria. It’s an odd choice, considering that most companies would have just popped for bagels and coffee but … […]

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Scottsdale woman invents recyclable shopping cart liner

For Andi Barness-Rubin, the COVID-19 pandemic led to invention. The Scottsdale woman created a recyclable shopping cart liner to protect people from the germs and grime that cling to carts. Barness-Rubin, who started Cart Safe in April 2020, points to an often-quoted study from University of Arizona microbiologist Charles Gerba – also known as Dr. Germ – that […]

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Meet the Company that Turns Shopping Carts into Ad Inventory

Cartvertising helps local businesses advertise in grocery stores. Advertising can get pretty niche. For instance, here’s an entire agency dedicated to helping supermarkets transition from print to digital marketing. There’s also IndoorMedia, a company that helps small businesses advertise within their local grocery store, whether at the checkout stand or on grocery dividers. One of […]

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Kroger Pilots AI-Powered Shopping Cart

Kroger is testing an AI-powered shopping cart at a Cincinnati store, enabling shoppers to scan items and pay directly on the cart itself for a more seamless in-store experience. The new “KroGO”-branded smart cart, which is powered by tech company Caper, uses deep learning and computer vision to quickly recognize items placed inside the cart, eliminating […]

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Coronacoping: Cooking at home is a ‘thing’ again

Fiction writer Sherrie Flick had an inkling there might be shortages of her favorite cooking and baking supplies when Pittsburgh shut down during the start of COVID-19. For the first time, she signed up for Harvie Farms Pittsburgh’s community-supported agriculture program — despite being a prolific home gardener. “They tend to have things sooner than […]

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