Costco Gives Health Workers And First Responders Front Of Line Priority

With health workers experiencing the horrors of COVID-19 first hand, many business have taken to supporting these brave individuals in however way they can. This includes advancing to the front of the long lines to enter Costco Warehouses.

Costco is now granting priority access to healthcare workers and first responders during the days of this pandemic. This extends to police officers, EMTs, and firefighters. All these guests will need to do is present a Costco membership card and an official form of identification that clearly states their role and they will automatically be allowed to jump in front of any line in order to enter the warehouse.

With healthcare workers and first responders pulling double, sometimes triple duties during this pandemic, skipping the line is the least we can all offer them.

At the time of publication, the earlier hours for seniors and two persons per membership card being allowed into the warehouse is still in effect as well.

Grocery Hacks

The Best Day Of The Week To Go Grocery Shopping

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Fewer crowds, fully-stocked shelves and freshly delivered produce—welcome to any given Wednesday at a grocery store near you!

This mid-week day is when to shop if you’re looking to save money on groceries. It’s all the better if you can swing an afternoon or evening trip, when perishable items are more likely to be marked down.

Why Wednesday Works So Well

I love shopping on Wednesday afternoons! By then, Tuesday night’s deliveries should be fully stocked on shelves, so I have dibs on the freshest goods before the hungry after-work crowd arrives. (Even if you’re among the first when inventory is at its peak, be sure you’re avoiding 9 of the most common mistakes people make when shopping for produce.)

The reason Wednesdays rule at the grocery store is really two-fold. In addition to it being the day when new specials take effect—hence all the new endcaps you see—it’s also that weekday grocery workers are most likely to give you a little grace. Whether it’s for a raincheck you forgot to use or a manufacturer’s coupon you remembered for last week’s sale item that’s now full price, clerks and store managers are more likely to honor those discounts on Hump Day.

What You Should Buy

Meat: For the best deals, head straight to the meat department and stock up on lean ground beef or chicken breast. It’s often discounted by as much as 50%! It’s also usually on sale 1-2 days prior to the “sell by” date. That’s more than enough time to freeze the extras and work ’em into next week’s meal plan.

Cheese: You can also score major budget mileage in the cheese section of your deli department, especially on those varieties that will really elevate your everyday meals. Think Brie, and bleu, and those baby fresh mozzarella pearls that are perfect for this Insalata Capresa. Or Gouda, Gruyere and goat cheese—take your pick, and enjoy half-off prices with “sell by” dates that are a good five days out.

Bakery: It’s also worth perusing the baked bread section. Reduced items are often displayed together on a mobile bakery cart—keep an eye out for “Quick Sale”-type signage. Among the sourdough and focaccia, you can often find mealmaker ingredients like flatbread pizza crust, with discounts ranging from 25 to 50% off. Is there anything better than a flatbread full of fresh vegetables? (I can’t get enough of this Grilled Flatbread Veggie Pizza!)

Milk & Yogurt: Depending on how fast your household runs through milk, this could be another power buy to save money on groceries. Milk by the gallon often hits the clearance case five days prior to its sell by date. The same is true for versatile and healthy Greek yogurt.

Now that you’re in the know, check out our expert tips to create a well-organized grocery list and then get going!

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Article by Rebecca Walden from Taste of Home. View the original article here.

Technology What's New

Robotic Self-Checkout Instantly Scans And Bags Your Groceries

Lawson grocery store in Osaka, Japan thinks it has found the future of shopping, as they collaborated with Panasonic to create a check-out counter that will not only scan the items in your basket, but instantly bag them.

The basket itself has sensors that detect the items you place inside. Once you’re done shopping and want to check out, the register has a dedicated space for the basket where your groceries are automatically scanned.

Then the really cool part happens, as the bottom drops from the basket, and your groceries safely fall into a bag.

It’s a pretty neat concept, but it would never work for customers who shop big.

We’d also be more excited about this if Amazon hadn’t recently announced the true future of grocery shopping by eliminating the checkout counters altogether.

Still, this is a busy, anti-social introvert’s dream, until an error occurs and you have to ask a pesky human for help.

h/t cnet

Technology What's New

Amazon Built A Grocery Store With No Check-Out Counters

If the future of grocery shopping means not having to deal with a line, or a cashier that hates their life, count me in.

Amazon just built a grocery store in Seattle that does away with the entire checkout experience, letting you grab your groceries, and walk out when you please.

To the naked eye, it looks like shoplifting, but they’re using something called, “Just Walk Out Technology,” where the store uses sensors, and computer-vision technology so your phone detects when you grab something off the shelf.

It all starts as soon as you walk into the “Amazon Go” store and their app gets activated. Your phone then syncs to every single product inside the store.
Once you pick out your groceries, the app puts them in a digital shopping cart. The tech is so refined, that even if you put the item back, your phone still reads the process, and takes it off your shopping cart.

With your groceries recorded in the application’s shopping cart, you can walk out of the store, as the products automatically get charged to your Amazon account.

Right now, it’s in its beginning stages, and only accessible to Amazon employees, but the store will be open to the public in early 2017, with an estimated 2,000 stores opening within the decade, according to Supermarket News.