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Entrepreneur launches shoe vending machine in Las Vegas

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Las Vegas — A resident of Las Vegas has launched a shoe vending machine, according to the Las Vegas Business Press. The business was born of a need to change out of high heels and into more comfortable footwear.

Ashley Ross launched Rollasole, a vending machine that dispenses comfortable flats. MGM Resorts International sells the shoes in several of its retail outlets in its Las Vegas resorts. And the shoes can be purchased in stores at Wynn Las Vegas and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as well.

Rollasole shoes also are provided in guest rooms at Caesars Palace’s boutique Nobu Hotel.

Ross’ company has two vending machines at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood; two at the Grand Canal Shoppes, one near Tao at The Venetian; two at the Fashion Show mall, including a large outdoor machine that can stock up to 200 pairs of shoes; and one near the Body English nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel.

The smaller vending machines stock 70 pairs of flats. Ross services her machines once a week after buying inventory from her British supplier.

The shoes come in a variety of sizes and colors in the retail outlets, with a more limited selection from the vending machines.

The vended shoes come in small plastic cylinders and with polyurethane soles are rolled up in the tube. Each pair comes with a pouch to carry the heels they replace.

The vending machines have simple transaction instructions and a customer can choose black or one other color, whatever is stocked in the machine at the time. Shoes come in four sizes, small (sizes 5-6) medium (7-8), large (9-10) and extra large (11-12).

Vending machines will take transactions by cash or credit card. Most of those are a basic style that sells for $20, but other more elaborate styles sell for $40 in stores.

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Lane Bryant collaborates with designer Lela Rose

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Lane Bryant announced that American ready-to-wear designer Lela Rose will be creating a limited-edition line exclusively for the special-sized retailer. The collection is set to hit stores summer 2015, and will be sold under the Lela Rose Exclusively for Lane Bryant label.

Lela Rose will be the third designer collaboration for Lane Bryant, joining the Sophie Theallet and Isabel Toledo collections.

"Lela Rose is a master of the dress – day, night, work and everything between. I am excited for her to bring her signature prints and styles to the Lane Bryant customer," said Linda Heasley, CEO of Lane Bryant.

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Toys‘R’Us partners with Pujols for special needs guide

BY CSA STAFF

Toys“R”Us is teaming up with nine-time baseball All Star Albert Pujols for its yearly Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids. This year’s issue marks the 20th anniversary of the publication, which focuses on products sold in Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores that are good for special needs children’s development.

“We’re honored to partner with Albert Pujols in our goal to bring joy to children of all abilities,” the company said. “Toys“R”Us has a long-standing commitment to ensuring tools like the guide are accessible and available for parents and children everywhere.”

Pujols has five children, including a daughter with Down syndrome, and started the Pujols Family Foundation in 2005, advocating for children with special needs since then.

“As a proud dad to my beautiful daughter, Bella, who lives with Down syndrome, I understand how important it is to have resources like the Toys“R”Us Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids to help in making informed choices to support a child’s development,” Pujols said. “And, as a professional athlete, I truly value the importance of play and recognize the impact it has in the lives of children who face everyday challenges — for these kids, playtime is not just about fun, it’s an opportunity to explore their strengths and experience success in reaching each new milestone.”

The guide points out toys that will help children develop auditory, creative, tactile, fine motor and gross motor skills, as well as those that help build self-esteem and social skills.

“I have a tremendous amount of passion for this cause, and I’m excited to partner with Toys“R”Us to make it easier for gift-givers to find toys for the special needs children in their lives that will inspire their imagination, encourage inclusive play and help them develop new skills,” Pujols added.

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