Wegmans adopts grocery-shopping app that guides blind customers

In a remarkable development to help visually impaired people use their “smartphones as a second set of eyes,” NPR announces that the Rochester, N.Y.-based supermarket chain Wegmans is now offering the Aira (for “Artificial Intelligence” and “Remote Assistance”) service to its customers. Once customers download the…

Last call: Travel through time to these grocery stores of yesteryear

Today’s news about Amazon expanding its grocery store of the future made this Ranker article my friend posted on Facebook seem exceptionally poignant: a photo essay across several decades of grocery shopping. Back when every single aisle had a friendly cashier, and a bagger who might even carry your groceries to your…

U.K. supermarket house brand to stop using rainforest-destroying palm oil

Palm oil may not be great for your body, as it’s high in saturated fat. But it’s generally considered to be terrible for the planet. The BBC notes that palm oil production “is said to have been responsible for about 8 percent of the world’s deforestation between 1990 and 2008.” Nevertheless, palm oil still exists in a…

Blue Apron to sell food kits in stores, a.k.a. “grocery shopping”

Correct us if we’re wrong, we thought that the whole point of Blue Apron was to avoid grocery store shopping. Ingredients for an entire meal delivered right to your door, in perfect amounts! But now, as Uproxx points out today, “the new plan for Blue Apron is essentially an inverse of its original model: putting meal…

Costco to serve us $1.50 hot dogs even faster with self-serve food court kiosks

As has already been reported, we love Costco—especially the food court, where even the snack food (pizza slices! hot dogs!) appear to be giant size. Trouble is, other savvy Costco shoppers agree with us on the splendor of the box store’s fast food, making for frequent long lines and heavy wait times. What’s a lover of…

Overwhelmed at Trader Joe’s? Use this year’s fan favorites as a cheat sheet

I’m pretty sure my Trader Joe’s tally is about the same every time I go there, within a 20-dollar window: That full-fat yogurt the kids like, some ready-made soup, produce, two packs of the frozen mac-and-cheese, a box of Puffins and some body butter and the grapefruit hand soap, and some cheap(ish) bottles of wine:…