Food Fob hits market

Making a grocery list just got a little easier. Soon, consumers will be able to scour their cupboards and using a scanner-equipped key, fob or pen, scan the bar codes of the items they want to repurchase. Once at the grocery store, the product data captured by the scanner is downloaded into an in-store kiosk, allowing consumers to immediately print their shopping list, along with applicable coupons, price comparisons, purchase history and even loyalty program info or other data based on the specific preferences of the shopper.

Making a grocery list just got a little easier. Soon, consumers will be able to scour their cupboards and using a scanner-equipped key, fob or pen, scan the bar codes of the items they want to repurchase. Once at the grocery store, the product data captured by the scanner is downloaded into an in-store kiosk, allowing consumers to immediately print their shopping list, along with applicable coupons, price comparisons, purchase history and even loyalty program info or other data based on the specific preferences of the shopper.

Kiosk company NCR and pen purveyor Cross Company recently introduced the bar code scanning technology, called the Cross Purchase Pal. The scanning technology for consumers and customizable software for retailers is currently available for purchase in Canada from NCR.

Moving with consumers

Maintaining customer relationships from year to year – amidst constant telephone and address changes – can be daunting. After all, every year, nearly 20% of Canadians move.

Group 1 Software recently unveiled a solution for businesses to interface directly with Canada Post’s National Change of Address (NCOA) database by providing users a three-year history of residential and business moves. MOVEforward is updated monthly and it supports Canadian NCOA processing requirements.