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Mar. 19, 2012 GMDC Industry Sourcing Guide:     

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Retailers on Facebook should offer deals, not news
Internet Retailer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. consumers tend to interact with brands on Facebook because those shoppers are regular customers of those companies, while European consumers are more likely to interact only if they have a customer service problem, suggests a new report from e-Dialog Inc. More

How the media can use Pinterest to drive traffic and revenue    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Media owners may be spooked by Pinterest's controversial re-use of copyrighted content — but they could have plenty to gain from embracing, not fighting, social media's newest darling. Here's how. For those yet to be (p)interested: Pinterest is a virtual pinboard for displaying, planning and organising collections of information found on other Web pages, like a scrapbook. More

Without the right message, Twitter is no better for your brand than a fax machine
Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Why brands have this endless fascination with social media is one of the more fascinating phenomena in business today — especially since many are missing the one key ingredient that, if ignored, will turn their most choreographed efforts into social media hell. More

Wal-Mart acquires Social Calendar
Retail Online Integration    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wal-Mart has purchased Newput Corporation's Social Calendar products, services, website and Facebook app. The app currently has a total of 15 million users with approximately 400,000 active users per month. More

Latest way to find and organize ideas for home projects? Pin them
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Looking for new home design trends or fresh ways to brighten up your living space for spring? These days, many designers and design enthusiasts are turning to the social media site Pinterest for inspiration. More

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Report: PayPal launching Square competitor
PC Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Competition in the mobile payment space is about to shift into overdrive. GigaOm is reporting that PayPal is set to announce its own solution, which will include a dongle that can process credit card swipes on a mobile device. More

Walgreens adds Pill Reminder, Transfer by Scan features
to mobile app

Drug Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Walgreens is bringing its pharmacy to the palms of customers' hands by introducing new mobile features that aim to improve the management of prescription needs and medication adherence. More

Retailers add gadgets for shoppers at ease with technology
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Nadia Karim goes shopping, she doesn't wait around for salespeople. She saves items from apps and websites on her cellphone as a shopping list. And as she browses one store — recently trying on Sam Edelman flats at Nordstrom — she uses the phone to check out styles at competitors like Macy's. More

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New Sears CEO looks to add some pizzazz to brand
The Globe and Mail    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The new boss at Sears Canada Inc., an expatriate of Loblaw Cos. Ltd., wants some of the grocery giant's marketing savvy to rub off on the troubled department-store retailer. More

Top brands ready to set up shop
The Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
They strut the world stage as only multibillionaires can. They own global retail brands such as Ikea, Zara, Aldi and L'Oreal and increasingly Australia is appearing on their radar as a place to do business. More

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Pampers celebrates the London 2012 Olympic Games and babies' unique spirit of play by partnering with Team USA Hopeful Kerri Walsh and her family
Business Wire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The efforts babies go to in order to overcome everyday challenges — like learning to crawl, walk and balance — are world class in their effort and determination. To celebrate this unique spirit of play, Pampers® is launching its Limited Edition "USA" diapers and wipes, and has partnered with two-time Olympic Games Gold Medalist (Beach Volleyball) and Team USA Hopeful, Kerri Walsh and her family, including husband, Casey Jennings, and sons, Joseph (age 2) and Sundance (age 1), as they make their way to the London 2012 Olympic Games. More

Dude, check out those spoons
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recently, in a small room hidden amid the swirling insanity that is the International Home and Housewares Show, Tom Mirabile showed off a sleek, stylish spoon with a twinkle in his eye. "It's just sex, you know," said Mr. Mirabile, a handsome fellow who served as the show's lifestyle trend forecaster and sported four earrings, a gray goatee and various pastels. "It's sex on a spoon." More

Companies honored with IHA Innovation Awards
Home Furnishings News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Twelve housewares suppliers ranging from name brands to small entrepreneurs were honored as winners of the first annual IHA Innovation Awards. The winners were at the 2012 International Home + Housewares Show. More

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Degree Men introduces ground-breaking technology in premium Adrenaline Series line
PR Newswire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Degree Men® is revolutionizing their popular Adrenaline Series of anti-perspirant/deodorant by adding the world's first movement-activated anti-perspirant technology for men by introducing new, innovative MOTIONSENSE™ technology. In today's fast paced world, guys are constantly moving throughout their day — they want to succeed and keep a leg up on the competition. When the stakes are high, men don't have time to worry about underarm protection — they need a deodorant that covers their every move. More

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AFS joins Topco Pharmacy program
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Associated Food Stores has joined Topco Associates and its 22-member pharmacy program to lower in-store pharmacy costs. "By joining with the other Topco Pharmacy members, we are confident our member- and corporate-owned in-store pharmacies along with our other partners will experience a significant decrease in their cost of goods," said Neal Berube, president and chief executive officer of the cooperative, in a statement. More

Walgreens to deliver immunization data over Surescripts network
Drug Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Immunization records will be sent directly from Walgreens and Duane Reade stores to primary care providers over Surescripts' electronic prescribing network, Walgreens said recently. Walgreens announced that beginning this month, the use of Surescripts' Clinical Interoperability services to deliver immunization data from its 7,800 Walgreens and Duane Reade stores and 350 Take Care Clinics to patients' primary care providers would improve coordination of care. More

Why Tide's a target
Cincinnati Enquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Shoplifting's a dirty business, so maybe that's why Tide is a target. Procter & Gamble's signature brand has become a hot item among professional shoplifters, who resell the detergent on the black market for quick cash, retailers and law enforcement officers confirm. More

Upscale grocery stores make neighborhoods 'desirable'
WTOP-FM    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Upscale grocery stores, including Whole Foods and Wegmans, do more than just create excitement when they open in a neighborhood. They also can increase real estate values, studies have shown. And there's a good chance that when one big company moves into an area, others will follow. More

7-Eleven TV network gets off to solid start
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
7-Eleven TV showed solid results in its first year of operation by increasing both sales and revenue in participating stores, according to Harris Corp., which deployed the digital out-of-home screen technology across 4,344 7-Eleven stores in 2011. More

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Ross Stores pumps 19 percent increase in fourth quarter net
Home Furnishings News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Fourth-quarter net income for Ross Stores totaled $192 million, up 19 percent from the fourth quarter of last year. For the fiscal year that ended Jan. 28, Ross Stores posted an 18.5 percent increase in net income, to $657.2 million. More

Bi-Lo's acquisition of Winn-Dixie Stores is complete
The Times-Picayune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bi-Lo LLC has completed its previously announced $560 million acquisition of Winn-Dixie Stores. As a result of the merger, Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie are now subsidiaries of the privately held parent company, Bi-Lo Holding. Winn-Dixie's common stock has been delisted from the Nasdaq. More

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Economy: Growth in US to strengthen as jobs lift consumers
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The world's largest economy will strengthen through 2012 as employment gains give Americans the means to withstand rising fuel costs, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. More

Reports: WAG-RAD merger speculation drives RAD stock
to 4-year high

Drug Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Shares of Rite Aid crossed the $2 mark recently following analyst speculation about the prospects of a takeover by Walgreens, according to published reports. More

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Dollar General names Sparks to head store operations
Home Furnishings News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Greg Sparks has been appointed executive vice president of store operations for Dollar General. In his new role, which goes into effect on March 19, Sparks will oversee the dollar-store chain's operations of more than 9,900 stores in 38 states. More

Weigel's hires exec to aid expansion efforts
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Weigel's has hired Chris Ooten as director of real estate to help the retailer as it grows its footprint through new store acquisitions, and the selling and leasing of existing company-owned properties. "With a solid background in commercial development, Chris is poised to help expand and take Weigel's to the next level," Bill Weigel said. More

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