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• The Washington Post reports that a new report from investor research firm Moody’s says that “bankruptcies in the retail sector were at a record high during the first quarter of 2018. There were nine defaults in the sector - including Sears and Claire’s - during the three months ended March 31. Tops Friendly Markets, a supermarket chain, and the Bon-Ton department store chain also filed for bankruptcy during the period. The only non-U.S. default that occurred in the first quarter was Britain-based BrightHouse Group, which sells rent-to-own refurbished sofas, televisions and refrigerators.”

Crain’s Detroit Business reports that Meijer is rolling out a new “Scan & Go” program that “allows customers to scan products with their phone and bag them as they shop so that once they hit the checkout, all they have to do is scan their phone once more and pay.”

Meijer began testing the system in seven stores last November, and will have it in all 235 of its stores by the end of the summer.
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