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360buy.com named Pure Play Etailer of the Year at Oracle World Retail Awards

BY Staff Writer

Berlin — 360buy.com was named the Pure Play Etailer of the Year at the Oracle World Retail Awards, which took place during the annual World Retail Congress in Berlin.

Operated by Jing Dong Mall, China’s largest online retailer, 360buy.com provides customers with home appliances, digital devices, computers, household items, clothing and accessories, baby products, books, and food, plus 11 other large product categories, including more than 10,000 brand names and 800,000 SKUs.

Jing Dong Mall has more than 20 million registered users and over 1,200 suppliers. It has an expansive logistics system that runs throughout all of China, including five large logistics centers that cover every large Chinese city in the country.

In 2010, Jing Dong Mall gained a 32.5% share of the Chinese online retailing market.

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Ace Hardware to build Import Re-Distribution Center in Virginia

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Oak Brook, Ill. — Ace Hardware Corp. has selected Suffolk, Va., for the company’s new 336,000-sq.-ft. Import Re-Distribution Center (RDC). Construction is scheduled for completion May 1, 2012.

The facility will allow the company to reduce import and logistics costs and provide an even higher level of service to East Coast retailers, making it possible for Ace stores to more effectively respond to consumer needs dictated by hurricanes and other weather emergencies in the region.

The new Import RDC will receive international goods arriving at the Port of Virginia. Ace executives considered the Panamax – which expands the Panama Canal and is scheduled for completion in 2014 – an added incentive to selecting the location. Panamax will allow larger container vessels easier access to East Coast ports, further lowering land-transportation costs.

This RSC receives and warehouses product shipments from thousands of manufacturers. The products are sorted to fill customized orders received from retailers and then shipped to those stores.

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Cabela’s signs on for Swagg mobile application

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Atlanta — Mobile commerce enabler Firethorn Mobile, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, announced Cabela’s as its latest retail partner for its Swagg mobile application.

"Our customers are increasingly expecting a mobile experience to assist with their shopping and gift-giving needs," said Mindy Knight, merchant relations manager of Cabela’s, Sydney, Neb. "Swagg is the perfect fit for our country’s outdoor enthusiasts who lead a mobile lifestyle while hunting, fishing or camping."

Cabela’s is the first Swagg merchant in the outdoor/sporting category. The application is designed to provide shoppers with convenient mobile access to purchase digital gift cards and send them to family and friends. Mobile shoppers can also receive special offers and manage customer loyalty programs through the app.

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