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How I Learned to Love Email by Using it Less
By Christophe Goudy
From Retail Online Integration
 
Christophe Goudy     If you think email is starting to feel outdated, perhaps it's not the tool, but your misuse of the tool. For years, I resorted to email when other forms of communication would have been much more effective. Why? Because everyone has an inbox. It's the most reliable way to reach someone without having to know all their different communication... more »
 
 
Macy's to Offer Digital Wallet Application
By Joe Keenan
From Retail Online Integration
 
Macy's logo   While retailers are diving headfirst into mobile payments, consumers appear to be a bit more hesitant. Usage of digital wallets remains at less than one-third, even though a surprisingly high number of U.S. consumers — 80 percent — recognize the technology as an alternative to cash-based transactions, according to a survey of more than 2,000 smartphone, tablet and desktop users... more »
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AutoZone to Acquire Interamerican Motor Corporation
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AutoZone_logo   AutoZone today announced it's entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Interamerican Motor Corporation (IMC). Founded in 1962, IMC, which currently operates 17 locations, is the second largest distributor of original equipment-quality import replacement parts in the United States. The company has been committed to offering an extensive parts line for all European and Asian cars. "We're excited about the IMC... more »
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Dollar General Boosts Family Dollar Offer in Takeover Tussle
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Dollar General logo   Dollar General Corp. raised its bid for smaller Family Dollar Stores to $9.1 billion and is willing to divest twice as many locations to ease antitrust concerns after the retailer's first proposal was rejected for a lower offer. Dollar General bid $80 a share in cash for Matthews, North Carolina-based Family Dollar, compared with an offer of $78.50 made two... more »
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Fred's to Close 60 Stores
From Memphis Daily News
 
Freds   Memphis, Tenn.-based general merchandise retailer Fred's has decided to close 60 of its stores that don't have a pharmacy and that don't meet performance targets, as the chain continues to place more emphasis on its pharmacy offerings. Fred's CEO Bruce Efird said today the decision, announced the same day Fred's reported a second quarter marked by a net loss of... more »
 
 
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Best Practices for Getting the Most Out of PLAs
By Udayan Bose
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Udayan Bose, NetElixir   Q: "When PLAs were free, our company was king. Now that they're paid, we can't figure out how to crack the code and get PLA visibility. Any best practices around getting the most out of PLAs?" — Jackie Eldridge,  director of social media and affiliate marketing, DollarDays.com... more »
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