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Calvin Klein to deploy in-store phone chargers

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Shoppers at select Calvin Klein stores may soon be able to charge their phones while also watching some promotional content.

The specialty apparel retailer is installing complementary in-store phone charging kiosks in approximately nine stores across the United States and Canada, including New York City and Las Vegas. The kiosks, from Veloxity, will be in place just in time for Black Friday.

The charging kiosks feature individual lockers so customers can charge their devices while shopping. They will be custom branded for Calvin Klein and run promotional media on built-in touchscreens.

"In the fast-paced retail environment, we are trying to meet all of our customers' needs,” said Roland Figueredo, Calvin Klein's director of marketing. We are also trying to bring a bit of modern technology and convenience into our stores and these charging kiosks gives us that opportunity.”

Figueredo is hopeful the chargers will be a hit.

“I look forward to working with [Veloxity] in 2017 to expand these into more of our stores in North America,” he added.

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Nicole Beck joins H.J. Martin as project coordinator

BY CSA STAFF

Nicole Beck, a skilled project management specialist, has joined H.J. Martin and Son as a project coordinator within the company’s fixtures division. In that role, she oversees the installation of functional, appealing solutions for retailers.

Beck previously spent 10 years as a project coordinator in the Green Bay office of SimplexGrinnell, a national provider of fire-protection, communications and security systems. She coordinated projects from bid acceptance through completion, reviewing specifications, managing purchasing, and scheduling technicians and sub-contractors, among other duties.

She also has held customer-service positions within the financial services and accounting forms industries.

“I’m excited to join a company with a national reputation for quality and service,” says Beck. “The H.J. Martin fixtures division has a number of experienced professionals, who I look forward to working with and learning from.”

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Ikea partners with Red Cross to give customers unique window into Syria

BY Marianne Wilson

Ikea has brought the horrors of the Syrian civil war home to customers at its flagship in Slependen, Norway.

In a joint fundraising effort, the Swedish home furnishings giant, in partnership with the Norwegian Red Cross, has recreated the small, unfurnished apartment of a Syrian mother and her children in the middle of the store. The space is based on a real-life apartment in Damascus, according to CNN.

As part of the project, Ikea’s price tags throughout the store contain stories by Syrian refuges.

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