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FedEx to expand Canadian retail presence

BY Dan Berthiaume

Mississauga, Canada – Federal Express Canada Ltd. has reached an agreement with Home Hardware Stores Ltd. that allows individual dealer-owners the ability to house full-service FedEx Authorized ShipCenters within their stores. The FedEx Authorized ShipCenters will be rolled out across Canada in a series of implementation waves throughout the year.

"The rise in e-commerce has presented both Home Hardware and FedEx Express Canada an opportunity to enhance our respective business models," said Lisa Lisson, president of FedEx Express Canada. "Our alliance with Home Hardware expands our retail footprint across Canada, giving online shoppers more points-of-access options to meet their shipping needs."

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Timesly releases iPad time clock app

BY Dan Berthiaume

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – Timesly, a facial detection time clock app for iPad, has launched, allowing employees to clock in or out of work by snapping their photo using Timesly’s FaceCheck technology. Now available for download via the App Store, FaceCheck uses the iPad’s camera to detect and hone in on the user, adding their picture to a log of every photo ever captured of that person.

FaceCheck will soon include true facial recognition technology, at no additional cost.

“The time clock is an antiquated piece of equipment, and we knew we could do better,” said Timesly president and founder Marc Aptakin. “We wanted something that looked sleek, with updated technology to make employee time management more efficient. Timesly has transformed the traditional time clock into something remarkable. Facial detection personally connect with employees. We’re proud to provide a solution that’s much more than a time clock and acts as a valued member of your human resources staff.”

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Sunglass Hut launches retail kiosk concept, Shaded

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Sunglass Hut has debuted a new retail brand, Shaded, in the form of a freestanding, open-air kiosk. Targeted at Millenials, the format puts an emphasis on interactivity, with a built-it photo booth that allows for on-the-spot photo taking and photo sharing. (See photos here.)

Developed and designed by IDL Worldwide, Pittsburgh, the kiosk has an American industrial-vintage inspired look with reclaimed wood, metal beams and wired glass. The kiosk is designed with sp-special bi-fold doors that close and lock, protecting the merchandise at night.

To date, Shaded has opened freestanding locations at Polaris Fashion Place in Columbus, Ohio, and the Mall at Tuttle Crossing, Dublin, Ohio, along with a location in Macy’s, at Queens Center, New York City, and the Sunglass Hut Store, at Easton Town Center, Columbus, Ohio.

The Shaded brand has plans to expand the new concept and brand footprint with potentially 10 more retail locations this year, including eight in-store locations in Sunglass Hut.

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