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• The Columbus Dispatch reports that Giant Eagle is expanding its Scan Pay & Go service, allowing customers to use either a smartphone app or a hand-held scanner to scan products as they walk the store and put them in their carts and bags. The service was launched in its home market of Pittsburgh last month, and now is being expanded to three Market District stores in the Columbus, Ohio, market. There are another nine Ohio stores scheduled to get the system in the near future.

The Dispatch goes on to say that “the move to what insiders call “friction-less” shopping has produced a host of new options for grocery shoppers. Kroger, Giant Eagle, Walmart and more offer online shopping with at-store pickup during which shoppers never need to leave their cars. There are also expanding delivery services for a host of grocers and an expanding availability of fresh foods from outlets such as Amazon.”
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