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•  Western New York-based Tops Friendly Markets (which, together with Price Chopper/Market 32, make up Northeast Grocery, Inc.) announced that it is expanding the use of its  Shop + Scan app, which allows shoppers to scan product codes with their smart phones while shopping, bag them in the shopping cart and then quickly check out with a generated bar code when existing the store.

The technology currently is available in 19 Tops stores, and is being expanded to five more.

•  The Boston Globe this morning has a story about how local online retailers are opening physical locations around the city, looking for find new ways to connect with their shoppers.

Familiar Boston-area brand names such as Wayfair (for its AllModern line), luxury mattress manufacturer Saatva, and framing startup Framebridge all have opened stores that they believe will attract both online customers and walk-ins, burnishing their brands and giving them greater insights into consumer behavior.