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99 Cents Only to establish clean trucking fleet

BY Katherine Boccaccio

City of Commerce, Calif. — 99 Cents Only Stores said Monday it will convert 40 semi-trucks from diesel to clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG).

This new fleet, according to the discounter, is the largest private Class-8 CNG trucking fleet in Southern California.

The move comes as part of 99 Cents Only’s plan to become a greener organization and ties in with the chain’s 30th anniversary since its debut in 1982.

"We are thrilled to be marking this important 30 year milestone by making this announcement which will help save the planet, use a plentiful domestic resource and help save our customers money. We believe we will have one of the nation’s largest retail fleets operating on compressed natural gas," said Eric Schiffer, CEO.

The chain operates 302 stores in four states.

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IKEA Canada adds interactive element to catalog

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Burlington, Ontario, Canada — IKEA Canada announced Monday that its new catalog, debuting Aug. 13, has incorporated a host of interactive elements designed for smartphones and tablets.

When holding a smartphone or tablet over a page, users are able to access films about IKEA products, experience 3D models, look behind closed doors with an X-ray function or change curtains and get creative.

Users will access the bonus material by downloading the IKEA app to smartphones or tablets, or by visiting www.IKEA.ca.

A selection of preview pages from the 2013 catalog will be posted on Pinterest, to allow viewers to “pin” favorite items and enter to win IKEA gift cards.

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French retailer Auchan inks franchise deal with India’s Max Hypermarket

BY Staff Writer

Dubai, India — A Monday report by Reuters said that French retailer Auchan has entered into a franchise agreement with Max Hypermarket, India.

Max operates 13 hypermarkets in India, which will be rebranded as Auchan stores in early 2013.

The pair said they plan to open 12-15 new stores annually across India. Because Max Hypermarket India Ltd is controlled by retail and hospitality company Landmark Group, which operates hypermarkets under the Max brand only in India and therefore is not restricted under foreign ownership regulations.

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