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Dairy Farm rolls out Pricer ESL solution

BY Dan Berthiaume

Singapore — Two retail chains in Singapore, Cold Storage and Guardian, have selected the Pricer ESL (electronic shelf label) solution in their stores and the rollout is planned to be completed by the end of 2015. The two chains are under the umbrella of The Dairy Farm Group.

Cold Storage operates about 50 large supermarkets in Singapore while Guardian operates 150 pharmacy stores.

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Amazon grows California operations

BY CSA STAFF

Amazon plans to open a fifth California fulfillment center in Redlands. Since opening its first fulfillment center in the state less than two years ago, Amazon has expanded its presence to nearly 5 million sq. ft. Amazon’s other California fulfillment centers are located in San Bernardino, Moreno Valley, Patterson and Tracy.

“We are proud to be hiring for more than 2,500 full-time jobs in California that offer wages 30% higher than traditional retail stores and include comprehensive benefits on day one, bonuses and stock awards,” said Mike Roth, Amazon’s VP of North America operations. “We have found great talent in the state and we’re excited to be growing quickly to serve our customers.”

“My Council colleagues and I are very excited that Amazon has chosen the City of Redlands to locate their new fulfillment center. And we are looking forward to the hundreds of new local jobs it will create,” said Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar. “Amazon is among the innovative and successful companies that have recognized our City’s attractive, business-friendly atmosphere, ideal location and skilled and diverse labor force. We are looking forward to Amazon taking its place as a valued member of our business community.”

Amazon employees at the 700,000-sq.-ft. Redlands fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship large items to customers such as big-screen televisions or kayaks, for example.

Amazon offers hourly employees programs such as Career Choice, where the company will pre-pay up to 95% of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming and radiology.

Clarion Partners is the building owner and Trammell Crow Company is managing construction of the new fulfillment center in Redlands.

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BitPay expands San Francisco office

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BitPay, a payment service provider (PSP) specializing in e-commerce, B2B and enterprise solutions for the bitcoin digital currency, has expanded its San Francisco office with several new hires.

The company has named Sonny Singh as its chief commercial officer to oversee all sales operations. With more than 15 years of experience in helping to grow tech companies, Singh will be responsible for increasing BitPay’s customer base of more than 40,000 merchants.

Previously, Sonny was part of the founding sales team at Jumio as the VP of sales and business development, where he was responsible for building and managing the sales team that signed up thousands of merchants including five of the top ten consumer Internet companies.

“BitPay offers merchants a no-risk way to increase revenue while decreasing interchange costs and credit card fraud,” Singh said. “When I looked at the amazing growth rate BitPay has been experiencing, I realized bitcoin is a movement that is going to change ecommerce forever.”

Singh has more than 15 years’ of experience in Silicon Valley and previously worked at InMage Systems and Niku which were acquired by Microsoft and Computer Associates, respectively.

“Sonny’s experience in Silicon Valley makes him the perfect candidate to build out our San Francisco office,” said Tony Gallippi, co-founder and executive chairman of BitPay. “While BitPay is used by global enterprises, it’s also designed and priced so technology startups can go live quickly.”

In addition to Singh, BitPay has selected Steve Pratt to serve as director of business development. Pratt formerly worked at Visa for 21 years as a vice president in the healthcare markets industry. He earned his bachelor of science from the University of Arizona.

BitPay has also added Gregg Zigler as a senior software engineer. Zigler has spent 10 years working on PayPal’s foreign exchange architecture.

Worldwide, BitPay has grown to more than 60 employees.

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