Jewel-Osco is cutting the prices on thousands of products in Chicago-area stores. The "Big Relief Price Cut" program, which will reduce prices by up to 20%, is designed to help the retailer compete with lower-priced discounters.
Albertsons-Osco grocery stores, with locations in nine states, will be remodeling store interiors. In addition to adding organic products, the stores will feature full-service meat and seafood counters, as well as expanded produce, dairy and frozen-food sections.
Chicago-area food retailers such as Jewel-Osco will no longer offer the Pay By Touch payment system, a payment method that uses fingerprint verification instead of credit cards or cash. The creator of the system announced that it will no longer process payments after this week.
Six Chicago-area Jewel-Osco supermarkets are testing the company's "Shop 'N' Scan" program, which allows customers to scan their own purchases using their store loyalty card. The industry says the purpose of such technology is "convenience," although some shoppers will always prefer to use traditional cashiers.
Jewel-Osco and Toys "R" Us have joined forces in testing toy-only aisles in five Chicago-area stores. Since it began the co-branding venture in November, Jewel president Peter Van Helden said the company's "toy category is substantially ahead of a year ago" in test stores.