BLOOM: STORE OF THE FUTURE?

Is Bloom the U.S. version of Metro Group's Future Store?Metro Group, the retailing giant based in Dusseldorf, Germany, unveiled a supermarket in nearby Rheinberg last year replete with more in-store technology under one roof than ever before seen in retailing: an "intelligent" produce scale, personal shopping assistant, a variety of kiosks, electronic shelf labels, self-scanning, and applications

Is Bloom the U.S. version of Metro Group's Future Store?

Metro Group, the retailing giant based in Dusseldorf, Germany, unveiled a supermarket in nearby Rheinberg last year replete with more in-store technology under one roof than ever before seen in retailing: an "intelligent" produce scale, personal shopping assistant, a variety of kiosks, electronic shelf labels, self-scanning, and applications of RFID, among other things.

On May 26, Food Lion, Salisbury, N.C., opened

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