Progressive Grocer - January 2011 - (Page 100)
Sneak peeks at tomorrow’s functionality
It’s a Mad, Mobile World
Get an up-close and personal look at the most popular mobile devices used by members of Progressive Grocer’s Independent Grocer Network.
By Joseph Tarnowski
’m a gadget guy — I live online; own a desktop PC, a netbook with an 8.5-inch screen and a 4G Broadband wireless modem, an e-reader, and a Nokia E71x Smartphone, which syncs to my laptop and can view and edit Microsoft Ofﬁce documents; and will soon be the new owner of the latest-generation iPhone by the time this is in print.
Inspired by the plethora of mobile devices in my mad, mobile world, I sought input from members of Progressive Grocer’s Independent Grocer Network about what devices they’re using to meet their business needs, as well as how they’re using them, via IGN’s discussion forum. What follows is a variety of verbatim responses we received, edited and condensed for brevity’s sake:
with social media for our [stores]. I also have an HP Netbook with Windows 7 for browsing the Internet and better e-mail support for looking at attachments that are not real friendly on the BlackBerry. The Netbook also serves for remote access to ofﬁce and store servers. My favorite “gadget,” though, is my Kindle. I can carry my books with me and read virtually any time I have a few minutes. Overthe-air books and syncs to Kindle for PC if I am in front of the Netbook or desktop and don’t have the Kindle with me. If you like to read, (and you should), it’s a fantastic addition. Marty Jarvis, Director of Marketing, B&R Stores Inc., Lincoln, Neb. My mobile device is a cell phone. I would love to go 3G, but I’m in the ofﬁce too much to justify it. So, if I need to need the Internet or Ofﬁce documents while away from the ofﬁce, I undock my laptop and strap it to my back. Gina Rau, Marketing Product Director, Aisle 7, Portland, Ore. I just bought a HTC Hero Android (for Sprint) and love it. It works similar to an iPhone, but I can actually get reception at my home and have more than one app open at a time. I’m a Google gal and love how integrated everything is. The Android OS is growing in popularity quickly, which means that more and more killer apps are being developed for it. Since we’re building cuswww.progressivegrocer.com
Michael Lindsay, VP, Paramount Foods Inc., d.b.a. Piggly Wiggly, Clinton, N.C. BlackBerry curve 8330 — It syncs with our exchange server for mobile e-mail and calendar. We also use BlackBerry messenger for phone-to-phone messages that are nested. (To me, it’s better than texts if the other party has a BlackBerry). It’s also very useful for mobile Twitter and Facebook[posts/feeds], as we are experimenting
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“I’ve always been a PC kind of guy, but this phone is the bomb.” —Ben Wells, CIO, Paul’s Fruit Market, Louisville, Ky.
A H E A D O F W H AT ’ S N E X T
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Progressive Grocer - January 2011
Progressive Grocer - January 2011
Table of Contents
Nielsen’s Shelf Stoppers/ Spotlight: Medications and Remedies/antacids
Mintel Global New Products: Salty Snacks, Meat Snacks and Popcorn, Q2-Q3 2010
Best Practices: Are We There Yet?
Store of the Month Special Edition: My H-E-B
Marketing: Circular Paradox
Gma President’s Note: United We Stand
Pg Special Events: Pg Honors 2010 Top Women, Green Grocers at Gala Event
Retailer Spotlight: Winn-Dixie’s Awakening
Category Management: Mutual Benefi Ts
Special Section: Progressive Grocer Independent: For Retailers, by Retailers
Condiments: A Matter of Taste
Butter/margarine: Promise for the Future
Desserts: Sweet Solutions
Energy Drinks/shots: Energy Drinks Get a Jolt
Winter Produce: Season of Plenty
Meat Merchandising Study: Meat to Meals
Candles/Air Fresheners: Beyond Common Scents
Front End: The Front End Checkout: A Microeconomic Model of the Store
Cough and Cold: A Tissue Please?
Whole Health: Feeling Good in 2011
Futuretech: It’s a Mad, Mobile World
Progressive Voices: Retailers’ Value Equation = Customer-Benefit Costing
Ovens and Rotisseries: Heating Up
What’s Next: Editors’ Picks for Innovative Products
Progressive Grocer - January 2011