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Kroger says it's all about convenience-and time. "Do your order online, and then, when you pull up to the time you leave, it's about five minutes," says Jason Talerico, e-Commerce Field Specialist for the Mid-Atlantic region, based in Roanoke, Virginia. "So, it's very quick and very time-saving." Special scanners help store employees find items residents ordered. 20 people have been hired specifically to handle the online system. Shoppers we spoke to who used the service placed their orders Wednesday night. "It seems like when you go with young children to the store, you're easily distracted," notes Ashley Skinner. "Whether they're walking in front of the shopping cart, or throwing something in the cart you didn't plan on buying. So it was nice today." "I think it's going to be a lot (of help) for people who are challenged in terms of getting in and out of their cars," says Andy Skinner. "From time to time, it can be something I can use." The Belpre Kroger-the newest of Wood and Washington Counties' four stores-already has been a destination for area shoppers. Mayor Mike Lorentz believes the online ordering system will make it an even greater attraction. "If you're coming through town, either for a doctor visit or out to dinner, you can order your groceries and just stop and have them loaded and take them home," the mayor says.
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