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Best Buy taps former Starbucks exec as its new digital head

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Minneapolis — Best Buy Co. said Friday it has named Stephen Gillett as executive VP and president of Best Buy Digital and Global Business Services, effective March 14.

Gillett was previously executive VP Digital Ventures, and chief information officer at Starbucks, charged with leading the company’s efforts to enhance the overall global business operations and improve the customer experience through the use of innovative technology and digital experiences worldwide.

In the newly created position at Best Buy, Gillett is tasked with accelerating the transformation and growth of Best Buy through the advancement of the company’s global digital strategy, digital marketing, entertainment offerings, multi-channel capabilities and business development.

"E-commerce is one of the fastest-growing sales channels for our business,” said Brian Dunn, CEO, Best Buy Co. "Through his transformation work at Starbucks, Stephen has shown the ability to use digital capabilities to deepen relationships with customers across a wide demographic range.”

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Guess uses Pinterest to launch contest

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Los Angeles — Guess Inc. has grabbed onto the Pinterest social media tool to launch a new contest for its customer base.

The “Color Me Inspired” contest, for which Guess collaborated with four style bloggers, invites the Pinterest community to showcase how color inspires them for a chance to win a pair of color-coated denim from the Guess spring collection.

The one-week Pinterest campaign kicked off on March 8.

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Washington state starts process of privatizing state-run liquor stores

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New York — Washington state opened a public auction online Thursday of its state-run liquor stores, beginning the process of privatizing an industry the state has tightly controlled since the end of Prohibition, the Associated Press reported.

The minimum bid is $1,000, and within hours, more than 30 bidders had entered the fray, the report said. Some were looking to buy rights to all of the stores, while the majority bid on individual store locations.

Big-box stores will be entering the market for the first time under the voter-approved initiative, which had the strong support of Costco. However, two lawsuits seeking to overturn the measure could derail efforts to implement it June 1.

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