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Foot Locker elects Smucker exec to board

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – The board of directors of Foot Locker Inc. has elected Steven Oakland as a director of the company. Oakland is currently president -international, foodservice, and natural foods of The J.M. Smucker Company.

Oakland has spent the bulk of his career at The J.M. Smucker Company, serving in increasingly senior positions. He has extensive experience in domestic and international retail operations at the company, having also served as president of U.S. Retail for Smucker’s, Jif, and Hungry Jack.

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Visible Brands adds P&G vet, Safeway board member to board, council

BY Dan Berthiaume

Kirkland, Wash. – Digital coupon provider VisibleBrands has added former Procter & Gamble VP Jan Murley to its board of directors, while former Safeway Stores board member Rebecca Stirn was added to the company’s advisory council.

Murley was a 23-year marketing veteran with Procter and Gamble and was the VP of its skin care division. Stirn was on Safeway’s board of directors from 1999 to 2010. She has more than two decades of executive marketing experience with a variety of industries.

“The addition of these two highly respected industry executives to our team from opposite ends of the grocery marketing spectrum will allow us to make smarter decisions going forward, as well as provide an added stamp of credibility and validation as we continue to forge a new path in the $100 billion U.S. couponing industry,” said Tim Belvin, CEO of Visible Brands.

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Report: Starbucks to include tipping on Square app

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle – Starbucks reportedly plans to soon include an automatic tipping feature on its Square mobile payment app.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Starbucks, which currently only uses the payment features of the Square app, will deploy a feature that both automatically prompts a customer to leave a tip in appropriate situations and computes tip amounts for them.

The Square tipping feature prompts users to leave a tip roughly 45% to 50% of the time. It will automatically compute and offer three tipping options – basic (15%), better (18%) and best (20%). A Square spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that most customers will select the “better” option when given those choices.

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