Duane Reade racks up one million Twitter followers
New York — Drugstore operator Duane Reade in late August passed an important milestone: It surpassed 1 million Twitter followers. The drugstore chain, which is owned by Walgreens, is most-followed retailer on Twitter in the food, drug and mass arena.
Duane Reade has garnered five times more Twitter followers than its parent company Walgreens (180,390 followers), the second-most followed drug store retailer. CVS/pharmacy, No. 3, is followed by 117,931 Twitter followers.
Duane Reade even outpaces all of mass retail as well — Target has garnered 758,213 followers, while Walmart has captured the attention of 363,894 followers. Leading supermarket retailers include Kroger (37,148 followers), Publix (34,710) and Safeway (31,157).
Things Remembered taps former David’s Bridal exec as CMO
Cleveland — Personalized gifts retailer Things Remembered announced the appointment of Catalina Maddox-Wagers to senior VP, chief merchandising and marketing officer, effective Sept. 3.
Maddox-Wagers previously served as executive VP and general merchandising manager for retailer David’s Bridal. In her new role, she will further evolve the Things Remembered brand in product development, brand marketing, in-store and online merchandising,
“Things Remembered is a company that enjoys a long legacy of helping people celebrate and memorialize their most treasured milestones in life,” said Maddox-Wagers. “They have the largest market share in North America in the personalization space, as well as a tremendous record in customer satisfaction for over 40 years.”
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Hideaway Pizza installing March Networks video surveillance solution
Ottawa, Ontario — March Networks, a supplier of intelligent IP video solutions, announced that Hideaway Pizza, a dine-in and takeout restaurant chain in Oklahoma, has selected the company’s next-generation retail solution to enhance security, reduce shrink, and optimize operations.
Hideaway Pizza has already started deploying the video surveillance solution. It is using the high-quality video to help improve loss prevention (LP) efforts, as well as increase store performance and profitability.
“Deterring and minimizing losses due to theft impacts the bottom line, but the true success of a restaurant is measured by the performance of the kitchen and wait staff, interactions with customers, and the quality of its food, and we are using the March Networks video surveillance platform to help our restaurants excel in all of these areas,” said Tyson Smith, IT director, Hideaway Pizza. “With cameras installed throughout each establishment, we can observe all steps in the food service process, from food preparation in the kitchen to its delivery to the customer’s table. The video information helps us identify ways to better serve our guests and optimize our businesses while enabling us to thoroughly monitor and protect our business assets.”
Working with systems integrator and March Networks certified partner SageNet, Hideaway Pizza has already installed the retail solution in several of its newer restaurants. It will also deploy the platform in other locations as required to replace a Windows-based legacy system that cannot be centrally managed.
Hideaway Pizza equips each location with as many as 25 cameras, ensuring extensive coverage of its kitchens, cash drawers, bar areas, entrances, exits and parking lots.
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