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Dollar General joins AARP initiative to help 50-plus workers

BY Staff Writer

Goodlettsville, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. announced it is supporting the American Association of Retired Persons’ “Work Reimagined” program and the 50-plus worker pledge.

“Work Reimagined” is a social network-based jobs program that connects employers seeking experienced workers with qualified professionals searching for new or more satisfying careers. The site (will leverage the platform of social media site LinkedIn to make the best connections between experienced workers and the best employers.

“Dollar General is committed to creating job opportunities for all Americans,” said Bob Ravener, Dollar General’s executive VP and chief people officer. “Experienced people bring tremendous work skills and talent to the workplace, and Dollar General is a place where every employee’s knowledge and expertise is valued.”

The discount retailer has plans to add more than 6,000 new jobs in 2012 to support its more than 10,000 stores and 11 distribution centers across the country.

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RedPrairie helps Foot Locker boost customer service

BY CSA STAFF

ATLANTA — Foot Locker has rolled out retail technology provider RedPrairie’s Enterprise Work force Management (EWFM) solution at approximately 2,700 retail stores throughout North America. Foot Locker, which operates retail brands Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction, CCS, and Champs Sports, partnered with RedPrairie to help enable store associates to offer exceptional, highly interactive customer service.

“At Foot Locker, we realize that the passion, knowledge, and performance of our store associates is a tremendous asset for our customers,” said Dick Johnson, EVP and COO at Foot Locker Inc. “We felt that RedPrairie’s work force management solution was the most intuitive, robust and scalable resource available to help us achieve our vision of being the leading global retailer of athletically-inspired shoes and apparel."

Foot Locker’s deployment of RedPrairie EWFM began as a 21-store pilot that was completed in April. The solution was then deployed at all remaining North American locations between April and July.

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Costco’s same-store sales up 5% in July

BY Marianne Wilson

Issaquah, Wash. — Costco Wholesale Corp. posted a 5% increase in same-store sales in July, helped by strong sales at its U.S. stores. But the stronger dollar and lower gas prices pressured its results.

Same-store revenue at U.S. locations open was up 7% for the period ended July 29. The figure was flat for its international stores.

Taking out the impact of lower gas prices and a stronger dollar, same-store sales rose 7% for the month. In the U.S., the metric was up 8% while overseas it rose 7%.

Total revenue for July increased 8% to $7.25 billion from $6.74 billion.

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