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CSA hires tech expert

BY CSA STAFF

New YorkChain Store Age is pleased to announce that Dan Berthiaume has joined the staff as senior editor, technology.

Berthiaume, who started covering retail technology in 1998, brings a wealth of experience to his new position. He served as corporate content manager of Retail Systems AlertGroup from 1998 to 2006, writing and editing the company’s retail tech publications and overseeing its website, and then moved on to a successful freelance career, reporting on technology for a variety of print and online publications.

Berthiaume will draw upon his deep knowledge and insight of technology to report on the constantly changing world of retail IT for Chain Store Age. His coverage will include a regular online feature, Tech Bytes. Read his first column here.

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Walmart faces new factory disaster in Bangladesh

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Walmart and other retailers are facing renewed criticism over their global sourcing practices following another factory disaster in Bangladesh.

Reuters is reporting that a block of garment factories and shops collapsed in Savar, 20 miles outside Dhaka, on Wednesday, killing 251 people and injuring more than a thousand. According to the report, an unknown number of the more than 3,000 people who work at the factory remain trapped inside. For more information, go to:

In November of last year, a fire broke out in a Bangladesh-based factory being used by a Walmart supplier that left 112 people dead.

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Duck brand assembles with The Avengers

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AVON, Ohio — Duck brand Duck Tape is joining forces with Marvel superheroes the Avengers. The Avengers Duck Tape features Captain America, Thor, Hulk and Iron Man.

"The Avengers’ combination of powerful qualities goes hand-in-hand with the strength, versatility and durability that’s helped Duck Tape stand the test of time," said Traci Finkelmeier, director of licensed products at ShurTech Brands, the company that markets Duck Tape. "Our fans constantly amaze us with inventive new ways to use the sticky stuff, so we’re thrilled to give them this fun and action-packed new print."

The new addition to the Duck Tape family of more than 200 colors, designs and licenses is now available nationally at mass merchandise, craft, hardware, home center, food, drug, office, auto and specialty retailers.

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