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Alliance Data renews agreement with HSN

BY Dan Berthiaume

Dallas — Alliance Data Systems, a global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions, today announced its Retail Services business has signed a multi-year renewal agreement to continue providing both private label and co-brand credit card services for lifestyle and entertainment retailer HSN.

“Alliance Data is a trusted partner that possesses the credit marketing and multi-channel expertise to help us achieve our business objectives,” said Bill Brand, chief marketing and business development officer, HSN. “Since we began partnering with Alliance Data Retail Services in 2009, the number of HSN cardholders has nearly tripled to more than 1 million, and we’ve more than doubled our credit sales. As HSN continues to deliver an exceptional shopping experience for our customers, our partnership with Alliance Data will be a key component in enhancing that experience and driving sales.”

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American Greetings offers iPad app for personalized kids’ cards

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cleveland – American Greetings is offering the iPad Creatacard app that provides children with virtual tools like crayons, paint, stickers, stamps and chalk to create personalized greeting cards. Kids can also add their own photos and enhance them with frames, as well as virtually sign the cards.

Each design can be printed as a paper greeting card and shipped anywhere in the world by American Greetings for $3.49. Cards can be tracked online from creation at the American Greetings factory all the way through the post office and delivery.

"This groundbreaking app gives kids the tools they need to start a life-long friendship with their own imaginations," said Eliza Wing, director of digital brands at American Greetings. "As American Greetings prides itself on product innovation, we are thrilled to introduce Creatacard because it gives kids the unique opportunity to truly become greeting card artists. We have taken the offline behavior of making cards that children have enjoyed for generations and created an app that brings this experience to an amazing new level with the option to professionally print the cards.”

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Logistics leaders recognized by Walmart

BY CSA STAFF

Walmart honored more than a dozen trucking and transportation partners this week as “Carriers of the Year,” and the list includes many of the supply chain world’s biggest companies along with some lesser known firms.

In addition to its massive private trucking fleet, the enormity of Walmart’s business means it works with more than 400 third party carriers. Out of those the company recognized 13 companies and further singled out Charlie Crawford from UPS as carrier representative of the year.

“When Walmart chooses a carrier partnership, we look for companies who provide outstanding service, effective communication, and for a company that will exemplify Walmart’s mission to ‘save people money so they can live better,’” said Kevin X. Jones, VP of Walmart inbound transportation. “Walmart is fortunate to have worked with many companies that have accomplished this task.”

Companies were recognized in the following categories:

  • Small Parcel: FedEx Corporation
  • LTL Regional: Averitt Express
  • LTL National: SAIA
  • Grocery dedicated: Swift Transportation
  • Intermodal: Hub Group
  • Diversity: Go To Transport, Inc.
  • Temperature Control: Decker Truck Line, Inc. and Prime, Inc.
  • Sam’s Club carrier of the year: Legacy Supply Chain Services
  • General merchandise: Tango Transport, Celadon and Heartland Express
  • Innovation: United States Postal Service
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