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David’s Tea names CEO

BY Staff Writer

Montreal — Canadian retailer David’s Tea has named Sylvain Toutant as president and CEO. He will be responsible for all operations at the company and oversee its growth in Canada, the United States and around the world. He will also serve on the board of directors.

Most recently, Toutant was president of Keurig Canada, where he accelerated growth through a strategic alliance with Keurig Green Mountain in the United States. He also headed Keurig’s operations in the United Kingdom.

David’s Tea operates more than 125 locations in Canada and the United States.

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Jo-Ann names Express, Sears veterans to exec posts

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New York — Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores named Jim Wright as senior VP of marketing and advertising, and Megan Featherston as senior VP of merchandising.

Wright has served in multiple marketing leadership roles at national retail brands. He was most recently senior VP of marketing at Express where he was responsible for their brick-and-mortar and e-commerce advertising and marketing strategies.

Featherston’s background includes leadership positions for buying, product design and development, planning and allocation, as well as promotion in various retail environments. She was recently president of the fine jewelry business unit at Sears Holdings Corporation.

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Verizon partners with Locaid for location-based service

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Verizon Enterprise Solutions has recently introduced a location-based service that will allow retail organizations to offer real-time benefits to their customers, such as proximity-based specials and fraud detection. Verizon Location Data Services, powered by Locaid, is available now to enterprise retail clients in the U.S.

Locaid, based in San Francisco, operates a secure, privacy-protected platform which aggregates the mobile location data of more than 360 million subscriber-approved devices in cooperation with wireless providers, including Verizon Wireless. Locaid works with mobile operators to determine the proximity of a mobile device within 50 meters of its precise location.

Using cellular network location, as opposed to GPS (Global Positioning System) technology, enables more wireless devices to be located indoors and in densely-populated areas where GPS signals are typically not as strong. Consumers must first opt-in to participate through a verification process before mobile carriers can share a registered device’s location information.

"Location-based services are part of the next mobile wave and we are working with our enterprise clients across a number of industries such as retail, financial services and hospitality to be at the forefront of this trend,” said Vishy Ganti, managing principal of vertical markets with Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Consumers are looking for more value-added services from the brands they trust the most, particularly services that can be delivered in real-time to their mobile devices. Locaid is a pioneer in this field and teaming up with them is a win-win proposition for our clients."

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