Safeway outlets in Moraga and Cameron Park, Calif., are testing grocery carts equipped with infrared tracking. The technology tracks customers' movements in the store and offers discount alerts.
President Bush's proposal would reach help feed nearly 8 million women and children in the Women, Infants and Children program.
The retailer has hired the services of Virginia-based CareerBuilder to assist laid-off hourly workers find new employment. Kmart announced about 35,000 pending layoffs earlier this week.
Core wholesale prices dropped 0.3% in December for the second consecutive month. The drop, which excludes energy and food prices, was weaker than the 0.1% increase analysts predicted.
Tesco is testing electronic radio tags that would allow staff and customers to keep track of food and nonfood products in the future. The radio frequency identity tags are developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Auto-ID Center.