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Canadian government approves Sobey’s-Safeway purchase

BY Dan Berthiaume

Toronto – Sobey’s Inc. has signed a consent agreement with the Canadian Competition Bureau allowing it to proceed with the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Canada Safeway.

As part of the consent agreement, Sobey’s will divest 23 stores in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Sasketchewan. The deal, announced in June, will cost Sobey’s owner Empire Co. Ltd. about $5.7 billion.

“We are delighted to have received regulatory clearance from the Competition Bureau,” said Marc Poulin, president & CEO, Sobeys Inc. “Our focus now turns to closing the deal, which we expect to do in early November, and beginning to serve our customers in Western Canada as one company.”

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Sen. Schumer, tech firms agree to location analytics code of conduct

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and a group of location analytics companies including Euclid, iInside (a WirelessWERX company), Mexia Interactive, Solomo, Radius Networks, Brickstream and Turnstyle Solutions have agreed to a code of conduct to promote consumer privacy and responsible data use for retail location analytics.

The companies responded to privacy concerns raised by Senator Schumer and the FPF about the use of this new technology. The code of conduct includes in-store posted signs that alert shoppers that tracking technology is being used, and instructions for how to opt out.

Under the code, companies that collect data through this technology must limit how the information is used and shared and how long it may be retained. The code mandates that companies de-identify the data and explain in their privacy policy how they do so. Companies are required to get opt-in consent when personal information is collected, or when a consumer will be contacted. The code calls for opt-out consent where the information collected is not personal. In addition, this data cannot be collected or used in an adverse manner for employment, health care or insurance purposes.

“The code puts the choice in the consumer’s hands and gives them an easy way to opt out of having their device seen when they’re in the store,” said Jim Riesenbach, CEO of iInside, during a phone interview with Chain Store Age. “Some retailers already allow this on a company by company basis, but the code allows consumers to opt out once and have it carry across the entire retail industry. Mobile location analysis technology is really starting to take off in the retail industry and we need to ensure retailers take a solid, stringent approach to consumer privacy.”

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Gillette enlists Kate Upton for ‘Movember’

BY CSA STAFF

Gillette has kicked off its official partnership with Movember by inviting men and women to join Team Gillette, and enlisted Kate Upton as team captain.

The star-studded lineup of Movember supporters also includes Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola and New England Revolution defender Kevin Alston.

To up the ante and provide encouragement for anyone growing a Mo this year, Gillette will donate $100 to the Mo Space pages of the first 250 men and women who sign up on Team Gillette.

Movember is the global men’s health charity encouraging men to grow and women to support the Mo (moustache) for the 30 days of November. Through the power of the moustache, funds and awareness are raised for men’s health to combat prostate and testicular cancer. Mo Bros — men growing out their moustaches — and Mo Sistas — the women who support them — can join Team Gillette by signing up at MoTeam.co/Team-Gillette. Mo Bros start Movember 1 clean-shaven. After shaving down, they let their moustaches grow for the 30 days of November, getting friends, family and colleagues to donate to their Mo-growing efforts.

Men and women who join Team Gillette will have the chance to win prizes, including tickets and on-the-field experiences at NFL games, pieces of Movember art from artists curated by Complex, signed gear from some of their Movember teammates and more. Rallied by their celebrity teammates, members of Team Gillette will be joining Movember’s fight against prostate and testicular cancer.

After registering at Movember.com, the first official rule of Movember is to kick off the month with a smooth-shaven face. So, on Oct. 29, Team Gillette’s star roster of Boston-based athletes will participate in a ceremonial shave down event of their own at Gillette Stadium. Amendola, Aliston and fellow members from their teams will have their faces shaved completely in preparation for Movember. On Nov. 1, Team Gillette participants across the country can participate in Movember’s official “Shave the Date: Movember 1” events in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Boston.

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