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Cash Register Services rebrands as Truno

BY Dan Berthiaume

Lubbock, Texas – Cash Register Services Inc. is launching its new brand, Truno Retail Technology Solutions. The company has been preparing to rebrand during the course of 2013 and 2014 through phases of brand research, development, and design.

The new name is derived from the "True North” mission statement. Truno offers integrated technology solutions for the retail industry.

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Zant named president at Belk

BY CSA STAFF

Regional department store operator Belk wasted no time filling its president and head merchant position after Kathryn Bufano vacated those positions to become CEO of The Bon-Ton Stores.

Within minutes of Bon-Ton’s announcement that it had hired Bufano, Belk named David Zant president and chief merchandising officer, effective August 11. Zant has served as EVP and general merchandise manager of men’s, home and kids since 2008 and in his new role will report to Tim Belk, chairman and CEO of the 299-unit chain.

“(David Zant) is an exceptional merchant who is well-respected in our industry, and who will bring great strategic leadership to these areas of our business,” Belk said.

Zant began his retail career in 1978 and held senior merchandising positions with Saks and the former Mercantile Stores Company. He joined Belk in June 2001 as president of Belk’s former central division in Charlotte. He was named EVP and GMM of men’s and home in August 2002 and also served as EVP and GMM of feminine apparel. He left the company in 2005 to serve as vice chairman of private brands, merchandise planning and Internet marketing at The Bon-Ton, but returned to Belk in 2008.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk operates in 16 Southern states.

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Crock-Pot unveils smart slow cooker

BY CSA STAFF

Belkin and Crock-Pot have unveiled a smart slow cooker enabled with WeMo, a built-in technology that allows consumers to adjust, manage and monitor their slow cookers from anywhere using a smartphone or tablet.

“Since the announcement of the Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker enabled with WeMo at the 2014 International CES back in January, we have seen enormous interest in the slow cooker and its potential to bring the Internet of Things to life for consumers,” said Ohad Zeira, director of product management for WeMo. “Thanks to our collaboration with Jarden Consumer Solutions, we are expanding the realm of the connected home, allowing people new ways to interact with their kitchen that makes life easier and better.”

The Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker is touted as the first smartphone-controllable slow cooker. With the free WeMo app, users can receive notifications, change the cooking time, adjust the temperature, turn the slow cooker off or check the status of their meal from their mobile devices. It works with an existing Wi-Fi router and the WeMo app for iOS 6 or Android 4.0 or higher.

“Perfect for busy moms or anyone else with a hectic schedule, the large-capacity 6-quart Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker has the same handy features as a regular slow cooker, but the addition of WeMo ensures you always come home to a perfectly cooked meal, no matter how late you are,” said Alejandro Peña, president JCS USA.

The Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker enabled with WeMo retails for $129.99 and is available at Belkin.com, Crock-pot.com and Amazon. The WeMo app is available for free download at the App Store and Google Play Store.

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