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B&N offers free holiday shipping, instant electronic gifts

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Barnes & Noble is offering free shipping on any Nook e-reader device purchased online by 11 a.m. ET on Dec.23, with delivery guaranteed by Dec. 24. In addition, Barnes & Noble loyalty members get free express shipping on orders placed online by Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. ET, with guaranteed delivery by Dec. 24.

For most other products offered on BN.com, customers can get free shipping on orders of $25 or more placed by Dec. 17, with guaranteed delivery by Dec. 24. And same day delivery service is available through Dec. 24 for deliveries to Manhattan addresses in New York City; orders placed online by 11 a.m. ET will be delivered by 7 p.m. on the same day.

In addition, customers can purchase a Nook book or Nook app online or in store and have it sent as a gift via email for instant access. Customers can add a message and choose the exact date and time of delivery. Instant email delivery is also available for electronic gift cards.

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Survey: Many homeowners use smartphones for remodeling

BY Dan Berthiaume

Sunnyvale, Calif. — More than one out of four (27%) homeowners reported using their smartphones in the past for a variety of tasks to help with remodeling their homes. According to a new survey of U.S. homeowners by homeowner mobile app provider Planese, the percentage jumped to 40% when they were asked if they planned to use smartphones for future remodeling projects.

Detailed findings from the Planese survey indicate 65% of respondents plan to use a smartphone to find remodeling design ideas in future remodeling projects, while 95% plan to use a PC. Other findings on use of smartphone and PC for different aspects of remodeling projects include:

Get remodeling cost estimates

  • Use a smartphone (27%)
  • Use a PC (66%)

Search for a remodeling contractor

  • Use a smartphone (56%)
  • Use a PC (80%)

Research products/services

  • Use a smartphone (67%)
  • Use a PC (67%)

Do background checks

  • Use a smartphone (25%)
  • Use a PC (50%)

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Vitamin Shoppe files trademark suit

BY Dan Berthiaume

North Bergen, N.J. – Vitamin Shoppe has announced that on Nov. 21, 2013 it filed suit against law firm Seeger Weiss LLP in New York federal court. Vitamin Shoppe argues that Seeger Weiss is infringing on the company’s trademarks on a website designed to solicit plaintiffs for a class-action lawsuit over alleged misrepresentations related to its Bodytech protein supplements and is being harmed by unauthorized use of its trademarks.

Vitamin Shoppe is asking for a permanent injunction against further use of its trademarks, damages, and transfer of the registration of the Vitaminshoppeprotein.com domain to the company, as well as costs and attorney fees.

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