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Keeping Kids Protected at the Store

March 17, 2014 - More than 75 percent of shopping trips are taken by women, which means there’s a good chance that when many of them enter your establishment, they’re going to be accompanied by children.

The vast majority of us take great care to keep our stores safe, but when it comes to our most vulnerable customers, it’s always a good idea to go the extra mile. By implementing a few relatively minor but crucial steps, retail establishments can help ensure the well-being of their youngest customers.

Here are three tips to make your shopping environment safe and secure for children—and worry-free for parents. Read the full story at the Retail Merchandiser blog.

March 13, 2014 - Gap Factory Store announced the "Exclusively Styled" campaign, its first global marketing collaboration and partnership with celebrity stylist and television personality George Kotsiopoulos. The campaign kicks off on March 20, showcasing current trends and styles at a value from Gap Factory Store's Spring 2014 collection.  The "Exclusively Styled" campaign will feature George Kotsiopoulos as a Style Editor for Gap Factory Store offering expert tips, product picks and styling insight via social media platforms, print advertisements and store-front displays. 

Read more: Gap Factory Store "Exclusively Styled" By George Kotsiopoulos

March 12, 2014 – In celebration of the 45th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, The Joester Loria Group has brokered a deal for its client, The World of Eric Carle, with Langers Juice for a six week on-pack promotion featuring Eric Carle’s iconic character. The promotion kicked off the first week of March and will run through April 19, 2014 in participating supermarkets and Walmart grocery stores nationwide on a series of Langers juice containers.  

Read more: The World of Eric Carle Partners with Langers Juice

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Jennifer Lawrence, one of the stars of
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
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Source: Wikipedia

March 11, 2014 - Lionsgate, a leading global entertainment company, announced today that the global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise continued to gain momentum as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire sold an estimated 3.9 million DVD and Blu-ray units in its first weekend of North American release and had the biggest digital launch in the company's history with opening weekend digital sales increasing nearly 40% over the first Hunger Games film.

The record digital performance was driven by #1 openings on all major digital platforms, including iTunes, Xbox, Amazon, Vudu, Comcast Xfinity, Verizon FiOS, Google Play and Sony Entertainment Network, among others.  Higher-margin Blu-Ray titles surged to 50% of all packaged media sales of Catching Fire in its opening weekend compared to 35% of packaged media sales of the first Hunger Games film.

Read more: Big DVD/Blu-Ray and Digital sales for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

March 10, 2014 - Philips Sonicare, the #1 dental professional-recommended power toothbrush brand in the U.S., is introducing the new Philips Sonicare for Kids, a rechargeable power toothbrush for kids ages 4+.  The company cites a recent ORC International CARAVAN survey that found more than half (53 percent) of kids are adamant about brushing their teeth independently. The company feels its new product will help alleviate many parents' concerns that their child will miss key steps without supervision, and thatthe new Philips Sonicare for Kids will be a toothbrush that both parent and child can feel confident about.

Read more: Philips Sonicare Launches New Philips Sonicare For Kids Power Toothbrush

March 5, 2014 - Walgreens and Roush Fenway Racing have launched a partnership to stage "The Race Around America" Interactive Promotion Presented by Balance Financial Prepaid MasterCard from Walgreens. The multi-faceted campaign will be fueled by fan interaction, and will culminate with the awarding of the grand prize:  the fully-enhanced ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang used in the promotion by Roush Fenway drivers.

Read more: Walgreens, Roush Fenway Staging "Race Around America"

March 4, 2014 - Taubman Centers, Inc., CoastWood Capital Group, LLC and Queen Emma Land Company, this week announced the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new International Market Place. Scheduled to open in spring 2016, the 360,000 square-foot shopping center will feature open-air retail, dining and entertainment located in the heart of Waikiki.

Read more: Revitalizing the International Market Place In Waikiki

March 3, 2014 - The Great Recession and slow recovery have taken a toll on state and local government revenues. Many states and municipalities have cut services and operations in response, but they’ve also significantly ramped up tax enforcement activities in an effort to secure more revenue, relying heavily on simple technology tools to automate and expedite enforcement processes.

While governments are putting technology to work for tax enforcement purposes, many small businesses have been slower to follow suit on the tax compliance side, living under the false premise that compliance technology is expensive, difficult to use, and relegated only to those large enterprises that have armies of technical and accounting staff who master the expertise to use these tools. This misperception leaves them vulnerable and at a significant disadvantage. It’s not that business leaders don’t want to leverage the best technology tools to ensure compliance: Often it’s a case of small business leaders not realizing the scope of their obligations and the many pitfalls associated with compliance, even for company leaders who have the best of intentions, and more important, that modern technologies are readily available to businesses of all sides, that are not difficult to implement and not expensive to use. Read the full post on the Retail Merchandiser Blog.