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Dell Closes Mall Kiosks

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Dallas, Dell Inc. said it will close its 140 shopping mall kiosks in the United States.

Dell now sells computers and other devices in more than 10,000 stores around the world, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Best Buy Co. The kiosks, where customers could place orders for delivery, may be losing some of their novelty, according to the Associated Press.

Tony Weiss, the VP of Dell’s global consumer business, said closing the kiosks ‘fits in with how our broad global retail strategy is evolving.’

Dell said it is committed to the direct-sales business, and kiosks outside the United States, numbering about 50, aren’t affected by Wednesday’s announcement.

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Costco looks to open down under in ’09

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BELLEVUE, Wash. Costco plans to open its first store in Australia in 2009 and is currently looking at sites for its first store down under.

At its annual shareholders meeting in Bellevue, Wash. on Jan. 29, Costco chairman of the board Jeffrey Brotman said Costco plans to “open in Australia sometime next year” when asked about the chain’s plans for international expansion.

Costco evp and cfo Richard Galanti later confirmed that Costco is searching for sites in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. “We’re looking at opening there in 2009 if everything goes as expected,” said Galanti.

But Costco is still not ready to entertain a move into China. Brotman said Costco has been looking at China for years and said it’s, “still undecided, though we’re taking a hard look at it.”

During his presentation, ceo Jim Sinegal said Costco continued to push eco-friendly ideas in stores last year. He said Costco increased the number of stores powered by solar energy to 13 and that the company is considering solar panels for 25 more locations.

Sinegal also confirmed the 531-store chain plans to open 29 new stores this year and estimates Costco could eventually open 1,025 stores worldwide with more than 700 warehouses in the U.S.

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Giant Food Stores names head nutritionist

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Carlisle, Pa. Giant Food Stores has hired Sylvia Emberger, R.D., L.D.N., as its corporate nutritionist, the company announced today.

Emberger will help set the strategic direction for Giant’s health and wellness programming and overseeing Giant and Martin’s in-store nutritionists. Emberger reports to Shirley Axe, acting manager for health and wellness.

Emberger most recently worked for The Hershey Company in the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition where she focused on nutrition labeling and nutrition profiling of products. She also served as a lead dietitian for Messiah Village, a long term care facility, she was responsible for developing systems to track the nutritional status of nursing home and rehab residents.

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