Casey’s chairman dies
Ankeny, Iowa Ronald M. Lamb, the chairman and longtime executive of Casey’s General Stores, died Friday after a battle with cancer, the company said. He was 74 years old.
Lamb worked for the company for nearly 40 years in various positions, ranging from store manager to chairman. He served as CEO from 1998 until 2006.
“Ron’s exceptional character and integrity influenced the lives of many people,” Robert Myers, president and CEO of Casey’s, said in a statement. “His tireless work ethic and strong leadership style are embedded into the culture of our company.”
Casey’s operates about 1,500 convenience stores in the Midwest under the brands HandiMart, Just Diesel and Casey’s. It is in the midst of a hostile takeover battle with Canada-based competitor Alimentation Couche-Tard.
B&N introduces college study platform
NEW YORK Barnes & Noble announced that it has developed an integrated software solution for the higher education market. Called NOOKstudy, the feature rich, free software application is the ultimate study tool, enabling students to manage all their digital content – e-textbooks, class materials, and notes – on the computing device they rely on most, their PC or Mac, the company reported.
Among its features, NOOKstudy lets students view multiple books and sources at once and offers access to complementary content (e.g. toolsets, reference materials, etc.), as well as the ability to highlight and take notes that are searchable and customizable, said Barnes & Noble.
“NOOKstudy is a big win for college students: it will not only lighten their backpacks, but also help them save money and study more efficiently,” said Tracey Weber, EVP, textbooks and digital education for Barnes & Noble.com. “NOOKstudy is a revolutionary approach to learning that offers students access to the reading and organizational tools they need, across all content sources and formats, enabling them to study smarter, not harder.”
NOOKstudy will be compatible with the company’s entire catalog of e-books and digital content, including relevant study aids, test prep guides, periodicals, and hundreds of thousands of trade and professional titles. NOOKstudy will also enable students to save money, as e-textbooks offer up to 40% savings off new textbooks, the company reported.
Advance Auto Parts enhances ‘Your Garage’ online service
ROANOKE Advance Auto Parts has announced the launch of a suite of new online service features as part of the fully enhanced “Your Garage” area on AdvanceAutoParts.com.
Customers can now get service alerts based on their vehicle’s mileage, diagnose problems, get servic cost estimates and find a mechanic, among other features.
“Advance is working hard to create customers for life by providing them the best experience in our industry, whether they are shopping in our stores, calling us on the phone or visiting our website,” said Scott Bauhofer, SVP and general manager for e-commerce. “These free enhancements are giving our customers even more reasons to only shop online with Advance Auto Parts and to visit us more often.”