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Chico’s Stephen Carvelli takes Oracle’s Retail Executive of the Year award

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — Stephen Carvelli, director of eCommerce at Chico’s FAS, was honored as Retail Executive of the Year at the 2011 Oracle Retail Excellence Awards. Carvelli was cited for his advocacy of cross-channel technology and knowledge of how e-commerce technology is applied in retail environments. Chico’s also was honored in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Customer Experience.”

The awards were announced at the annual Oracle Retail CrossTalk event, held June 21-24, at Westfields Marriott, Washington, D.C.

Other Oracle award recipients included Advance Auto Parts, in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Business Performance,” and Netshoes, a Brazilian sports retailer, in the category of “Outstanding Achievement in Business Performance.”

In addition, Shakar Sitipati, CIO of National Pen Co., was named “CIO of the Year.”

The annual awards are designed to recognize Oracle customers’ outstanding achievements in innovative best practices, efficient operations, and achieving results through leveraging technology. Forty-six retailers were nominated across five different categories for 2011, with the winners selected by CrossTalk attendees based on a list of finalists determined by Oracle’s retail community.

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Dunkin’ Donuts signs agreements for 12 new units in Tampa

BY Staff Writer

Canton, Mass. — Dunkin’ Donuts on Monday announced it has signed agreements with three franchisees to develop 12 new restaurants throughout Tampa over the next several years.

"The Sunshine State is a priority growth market for Dunkin’ Donuts in 2011, and we’re excited to expand our footprint in Tampa," said Grant Benson, CFE, VP franchising and market planning, Dunkin’ Brands.

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LG exec talks technology at entertainment conference

BY CSA STAFF

NEW YORK — Technology needs to constantly evolve was the message delivered by Tim O’Brien, VP marketing for LG Mobile, during a keynote session at the 3D Entertainment Summit. O’Brien also used the opportunity to demonstrate LG’s latest smartphone, the LG Thrill 4G.

“With each new technological breakthrough, entertainment becomes more genuine and believable,” acknowledged O’Brien. “3D enabled mobile devices will be the next step in the natural evolution of entertainment technology, and breaking accessibility, technology and content barriers will be crucial in helping make sure all consumers have access to this next generation entertainment platform.”

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