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Chain Store Age webinar with Best Buy

BY Marianne Wilson

New York CityChain Store Age will hold a Webinar on Tuesday, June 14, at 2 p.m., ET (11 am PT) on how Best Buy has streamlined its business with the help of a master data management solution from IBM. Register today and take a chance to win a free iPad.

Learn from Best Buy how the company has realized several advantages, including ensuring that data is accurate and consistent across all selling channels and improved the customer experience across the same, by deploying the IBM InfoSphere Master Data Management (MDM) solution.

To register for the Webinar, click here.

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Macy’s workers in four New York stores vote to strike

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — Local 1-S of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union announced that more than 4,000 union workers at Macy’s Manhattan flagship and three other New York locations have voted to strike if a new contract is not reached by midnight on Wednesday.

The other stores are in the Bronx, Queens and Westchester County.

According to the union, Macy’s wants to reduce paid time off, eliminate pension benefits for new employees and raise health care costs. The company is proposing a 35-cent wage increase for starting positions, as well as five-cent hourly raise for workers with outstanding job reviews — boosts that union officials said are inadequate, according to Bloomberg.

The company is also seeking to put restrictions on paid sick leave, union officials said.

“No one wants to strike, we all want to secure a new contract, said Ken Bordieri, president of Local 1-S of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union, in a statement. “But our workers are prepared to strike and to stand up for fair wages, benefits, and hours.”

Macy’s said it is "available 24/7 to bargain in good faith until an agreement is reached."

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Couche-Tard buys 322 Exxon Mobile sites in California

BY Marianne Wilson

Laval, Quebec — Alimentation Couche-Tard, parent of Circle K Stores, has signed an agreement to acquire up to 322 sites, plus an additional 65 reseller contracts, in Southern California, from ExxonMobil Corp. The purchase price was not disclosed.

“These stores are high volume, high impact locations,” Tim Tourek, Couche-Tard’s VP of operations for the west coast division, said in a statement. “They would significantly strengthen our overall footprint in this important market.”

Once the deal is complete, Couche-Tard will have 543 company-operated and reseller-operated stores on West Coast, nearly doubling its current stable of 315 Circle-K branded sites.

The company-operated sites would be operated under the Circle K brand and the entire network would be part of Couche-Tard’s West Coast Division network. The dealer-operated locations would continue to be operated by current dealers.

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