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Canvas Lands End opens virtual pop-up

BY Staff Writer

Dodgeville, Wis. — Canvas Lands’ End is reinventing the pop-up concept by taking it online with the first-ever blog-up shop. The result is Arrivals, a virtual pop-up shop series curated by eight well-known fashion and lifestyle bloggers. Each shop will function as its own mini e-commerce site and will feature fall and holiday looks styled by the blogger in his or her unique style that readers can purchase.

The shops will live on the individual bloggers’ sites for a week and on the Canvas Lands’ End site where all shops will be compiled. The first of eight Arrivals shops launched on Oct. 30, with shops continuing to roll out weekly through the end of the year.

The Arrivals shops will each contain three looks styled by the blogger. In addition, the bloggers will provide content to help shoppers put their own looks together. This will include a behind-the-scenes look at the bloggers’ styling processes, their must-have pieces and tips on where to wear the look. All content within the shops will also be fully sharable with easily accessed links that enable people to post the looks on their social channels, including Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter; #CanvasArrivals will be used to help track the conversation.

Finally, in addition to supporting their Arrivals shop by hosting it on their sites, the partner bloggers will be pushing out the content through their own social channels and on subsequent blog posts.

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NCR to install 10,000 self-checkouts in Walmart stores

BY Marianne Wilson

Duluth, Ga. — NCR Corp. announced that it will be installing 10,000 SelfServ Checkout lanes to more than 1,200 Walmart locations in the United States during 2013.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Walmart’s expansion of self-service options continues its commitment to offer customers the choice in how they want to check out, improving the overall checkout and customer service experience.

“Our customers are shopping differently than they ever have, and we’re using innovative technologies like self-checkouts to meet their needs,” said Jeff McAllister, senior VP innovation, Walmart U.S. “Our multiple checkout options give us a unique advantage to provide our customers with the quick, easy and convenient checkout experience they tell us they want.”

NCR is also providing expertise from its Human Factors Engineering group to make the self-checkout experience as easy and convenient as possible through user interface design, configurations, layouts and best practices. To ensure the self-checkout lanes are available for customers, NCR will also provide regular service programs and maintenance to Walmart and Sam’s Club locations across the country.

In a recent independent market study, 64% of self-checkout grocery shoppers and 44% of cashier-assisted shoppers said they believe retailers who offer self-checkout options provide better customer service.

In the same study, 70% of shoppers who use self-checkouts said they would like to see self-checkouts offered at retailers like Walmart and about half of cashier-assisted shoppers said they want self-checkout expanded to mass merchants like Walmart.

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Nestlé names new head of nutrition division

BY CSA STAFF

VEVEY, Switzerland — Nestlé on Tuesday named Luis Cantarell head of Nestlé Nutrition with the departure of Kurt Schmidt, deputy EVP Nestlé Nutrition, who has decided to leave the company for personal reasons effective Dec. 1.

Cantarell will assume this role in addition to his current responsibilities as president and CEO of Nestlé Health Science. Between 2001 and 2005, he was in charge of Nestlé’s Nutrition Strategic Business Division.

"We respect Kurt Schmidt’s decision, thank him for his valuable contribution during his time at Nestlé and wish him all the best for the future," stated Paul Bulcke, Nestlé CEO. "Luis Cantarell plays an important role in shaping Nestlé’s nutrition, health and wellness vision, and his strong and proven leadership will be of great value to our nutrition business."

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