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Wegmans is partnering with a high-tech company to offer a new option for people who are blind or have low-vision.

The Rochester supermarket chain is working with a California-based tech company called Aira, a firm that uses artificial intelligence and augmented reality to remotely assist people who are blind or have low vision with a variety of tasks.

Another top ranking for Wegmans leads this WXXI Business Report. Also, find out about strong job growth numbers for the Rochester metro region, and a new executive appointment at Kodak.

Another top ranking for Wegmans. 

The Rochester-based supermarket chain has topped a lot of customer satisfaction polls over the years, and this latest survey comes from Market Force Information, a market research company which conducted this latest poll in an online survey of nearly 13,000 shoppers.

Wegmans finished #1 for  the third straight year in this survey, edging out Florida-based Publix Supermarkets.

In this WXXI Business Report, Randy Gorbman explains the main findings from Paychex's latest Small Business Employment Watch - it shows a small increase in hiring, but a slight decrease in wage growth. Plus, Wegmans opens store number 97!

In the latest business report, now that a judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking the proposed takeover of Xerox by Fuji, what’s next for the proposed merger?

Good news for job numbers, we've seen another month of solid job growth in the Rochester metro, and Wegmans opens up a two-story store in the Boston region. 

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Wegmans is opening another store this weekend, but this one is a little different in terms of its design.

The Rochester-based supermarket chain is opening a two level store in Natick, in the Boston area on Sunday.

The more than 146,000 square foot store  is among Wegmans’ largest stores. It is attached to the Natick Mall, and includes a cart conveyor system with an adjacent escalator for customers.

This will be Wegmans sixth store in New England. The company has talked about opening a store in the City of Boston, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Wegmans has again been named one of the FORTUNE Best Companies to Work For.

Wegmans ranked #2, same as last year. It has been on the list every year since the survey began 21 years ago

The list is based on survey responses from more than 310,000 employees rating their workplace culture on more than 50 different elements.

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Wegmans is experimenting with new, heartier produce, and new ways of growing it, on over 200 acres of organic farmland and orchards, and they plan to pass that knowledge on to local farmers.

On the top of a hill, on a plot overlooking Canandaigua Lake, Wegmans Organic Farm and Orchard is growing 1800 cherry tomato plants. Some varieties are more popular than others.

Nate August, the farm's manager, pulls at a golf-ball sized Sakura tomato. He says customers haven't been wild about these bigger varieties. Turn out, people like tinier tomatoes.

Retired RIT Marketing Professor Gene Fram weighs in about the supermarket one-day delivery competition heating up.  It's not just Wegmans, other retailers are involved locally and nationally.

Plus, the George Eastman Museum launches the Technicolor online research archive, and news about a big job fair this week in Rochester.

The WXXI Business report looks at business and economic issues facing the Rochester area including Western New York and the Finger Lakes.

Same day grocery delivery from Wegmans is about to begin through the Instacart app. They also deliver from other retailers including CVS, Price Rite, and Petco.

The pace of small business job growth is a little slower than it was a year ago but wages are up; accelerating, at what Paychex calls, a decent pace.

BlueTie has been sold. CEO and President Robert Doty now owns the business outright. 

The WXXI Business report looks at business and economic issues facing the Rochester area including Western New York and the Finger Lakes.

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