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Blue Nile launches new shopping sites in French and Spanish

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Seattle — Online jewelry retailer Blue Nile said Thursday it has launched two new websites that cater to French- and Spanish-speaking shoppers. The sites also take purchases in the preferred currencies.

“Constantly improving our service and shopping experience for our international customers is one of our primary goals, and I am thrilled with the launch of our French and Spanish language websites,” said Vijay Talwar, Blue Nile president and general manager of International.

The French and Spanish versions join sites in Japanese, English, and Traditional and Simplified Chinese.

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SoloHealth Stations to roll out in Sam’s Club locations nationwide

BY Allison Cerra

Atlanta — Sam’s Club has become the first warehouse club retailer to install SoloHealth’s comprehensive health-and-wellness screening kiosks, SoloHealth announced Wednesday.

SoloHealth said it will begin the rollout of its SoloHealth Station to more than 500 Sam’s Club locations nationwide. The kiosks, currently available in select U.S. retail locations, is expected to be in more than 2,500 retail locations by mid-2013.

"Providing innovative, preventative products and wellness services to our members is a major priority for Sam’s Club," Sam’s Club SVP health and wellness Jill Turner-Mitchael said. "As the first warehouse club retailer to install the SoloHealth Station for our members, Sam’s Club continues to deliver on that priority, providing support of preventive health to our communities and enabling our members to take charge of their health."

The SoloHealth Station provides health screenings for vision, blood pressure, weight, and body mass index, a symptom checker as well as an overall health assessment free of charge. The kiosk received the Food and Drug Administration’s stamp of approval this past June and also was recently honored with Intel’s coveted IT healthcare award, the "Intel Innovation Award."

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RadioShack CEO steps down

BY Marianne Wilson

Fort Worth, Texas — RadioShack Corp. said CEO James Gooch has agreed to step down from his position, effective immediately. The company did not specify a reason for his departure. Gooch was appointed CEO in 2011 and has been working to boost stagnant sales.

RadioShack said its board is conducting a search for a successor and would not rule out internal candidates. In the interim, executive VP and CFO Dorvin Lively will serve as the acting CEO.

In July, RadioShack posted an unexpected second-quarter loss and suspended its dividend. The chain’s struggles are at least partly due to wider problems in the traditional consumer electronics industry.

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