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Aaron Brothers, West Hollywood, Calif.

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Aaron Brothers has launched its new prototype, opening a store in West Hollywood, Calif. (and another in Woodland Hills). The new format, designed Chute Gerdeman, Columbus, Ohio, is hip, urban and creative, providing an experience that inspires artistic expression. The ambiance is that of an urban artist’s loft, with polished concrete floors, fixtures on industrial-style wheels and hand-hewn qualities.

The store includes a do-it-yourself Framing Workshop, a space where customers can bring in their artwork and then choose a frame, a mat and assemble everything on-site. Clever communications guide customers step-by-step through the process, even offering a “Use Our Wall” area to imagine and compose frame groupings that can be recreated at home. A Custom Framing Studio offers private consultation areas and a window into the professional frame shop, where customers can watch their art being framed by Aaron Brothers’ experts. A lounge offers a comfortable spot to wait or digitally browse the entire selection of frames.

A new Art District area offers everything artists might need for their studios, and features a Brush Bar, where brushes are organized according to paint type (watercolor, oil and acrylic). A southern California-inspired wall mural is a colorful backdrop to the Brush Bar. A series of murals were created that depict famous landmarks of different California regions to give stores a local flavor.

To encourage interaction and experimentation in the space, an Art Bar provides the perfect stage for local artists to share techniques with customers.

“Aaron Brothers prides itself on inspiring artistic expression,” said Chute Gerdeman president Brian Shafley. “This new prototype builds on that, encouraging artists of all styles, ages and persuasions to pursue their passion.”


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duyentran607 says:
Apr-20-2013 10:38 pm

A new Art District area offers everything artists might need for their studios, chat random

P.Lopez says:
Apr-10-2013 01:45 pm

A Custom Framing Studio offers private consultation areas and a window into the professional frame shop, where customers can watch their art being framed by Aaron Brothers’ experts. chat random

P.Lopez says:
Apr-10-2013 01:45 pm

A Custom Framing Studio offers private consultation areas and a window into the professional frame shop, where customers can watch their art being framed by Aaron Brothers’ experts. chat random

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Honeywell reinvents, expands scanner capabilities

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Fort Mill, S.C. — Honeywell has introduced a next generation scanner said to offer retailers improved label reading properties and increase checkstand throughput.

Dubbed the Stratos 2700, the bioptic scanner is equipped with hybrid architecture that incorporates both laser and Honeywell’s industry-leading imaging technology. The device allows cashiers to quickly and easily scan virtually all bar codes, from traditional 1-D barcodes to 2-D bar codes found on the screen of a mobile phone, with a single device and will help to reduce checkout loss.

The hybrid platform allows retailers to maintain quick throughput performance while greatly expanding the scanning capabilities of standard bioptic scanners to read damaged, 2-D and mobile codes. Honeywell also offers a cost-effective migration path for easy upgrades in the field to meet future point-of-sale needs through the installation of various software and modular hardware plug-ins, including imagers and scales.

To help reduce checkout loss, the Stratos 2700 incorporates an LCD display in the vertical portion of the device. When combined with an off-the-shelf camera, it creates an effective monitoring system that can, at a very reasonable cost, provide retailers significant value by reducing items that are forgotten or missed in the under cart area. A live video feed positioned to be observed without obstructing the cashier’s view provides surveillance of bottom-of-basket items, reducing store loss without impacting the POS system and IT infrastructure.

“To minimize retail scanning inefficiencies, including costly software and feature upgrades and checkout loss, our hybrid platform provides speed and accuracy, top priorities for our customers,” said Taylor Smith, director of product management, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility. “The Stratos 2700 enhances the checkout experience for in-store customers, cashiers and IT support with a quicker, more accurate checkout process and a wide selection of add-ons and applications to address future needs.”

Stratos 2700 scanners and connected devices can be managed and upgraded from one remote location with Remote MasterMind, potentially saving a mid-sized retailer more than $250,000 per year based on four software upgrades. Additionally, integrated Checkpoint and optional Sensormatic Electronic Article Surveillance antennas for tag deactivation can further reduce shrink loss at checkout.

The Stratos 2700 is compatible with Honeywell’s TotalFreedom 2.0 development platform, providing retailers with increased flexibility and simplified customization of software and features, without the need for host system modifications. It will begin shipping January 2013.

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Target, United Way deliver a holly, jolly holiday

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Target is teaming up with the United Way for the 22nd consecutive year to bring families in need some holiday cheer.

Target stores across the country will donate more than $200,000 worth of holiday trees to the charitable organization, as part of the Target Share-a-Tree Program. The United Way and its volunteers will distribute the trees to families in need, shelters, community centers and childcare programs.

"United Way is proud of our longstanding partnership with Target on this special program that makes the holidays a little bit brighter for families," said United Way Worldwide president and CEO Brian Gallagher. "We appreciate Target’s leadership in communities nationwide and hope Share-a-Tree inspires everyone to find unique ways to give back and lift someone else’s spirit."

Target employees also got into the spirit of giving, and volunteered more than 475,000 hours in 2012 in communities across the country.

"The holiday season is about sharing with others, especially those in need," said president of Target Community Relations and Target Foundation Laysha Ward.

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