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Forever 21 donating 100% of Friday online sales to Japan relief

BY CSA STAFF

New York City — Fast-fashion retailer Forever 21 has pledged to donate 100% of its global online sales on March 18 to help the victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.

All of Forever 21’s e-commerce sites — forever21.com, canada.forever21.com, forever21.com/eu, forever21.com/uk, forever21.co.kr, and forever21.co.jp — are participating in the initiative.

A statement from the Los Angeles-based company said: "The time to take action and send help to those who need it most is right now. Forever 21 strives to put forth the first of its relief efforts by donating all online sales made on March 18 to deliver support and hope to Japan. Online shoppers around the world can now seize this opportunity to rekindle a glimmer of hope, faith and strength into the hearts of the people of Japan."

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Walmart helps women ‘Dress for Success” with $2 million donation

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NEW YORK — Walmart announced that it has donated $2 million to Dress for Success, a non-profit that helps femailes get back into the work force by providing clothes, interview preparation and other tools needed to land a job. The announcement was made at the third annual Dress for Success day of service in New York City.

"Dress for Success is helping women get the skills they need to get back into the workforce and those services are desperately needed right now," said Mary Fox, Walmart’s senior vice president of global apparel sourcing. "Three years ago, our New York office began building a relationship with Dress for Success by lending our time and skills because we believed in what the organization does to help women. We’re proud that our office’s community service efforts at the local level have grown to a national partnership between Walmart and Dress for Success."

Dress for Success reports an increase in female jobseekers that have been out of work for several weeks. The most recent employment report from the Bureau of Labor mirrors the sentiment, reporting that nearly 44 percent of the jobless have been unemployed for 27 weeks or more.

Today, 300 of Walmart’s New York-based associates will review resumes, provide career advice and conduct mock interviews at Dress for Success branches across New York City.

"Dress for Success is already a leader in employment retention for disadvantaged women, but with this generous grant from Walmart, we will significantly expand our work in job preparation and career advancement," said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide. "The women we serve across the country will now have access to support and services for every phase of their professional lives, starting with the job search and leading to sustained employment and self-sufficiency."

Dress for Success has more than 110 job training offices globally and served an estimated 48,000 women last year through its nationwide efforts. The Going Places Network by Walmart helps women gain professional skills, accelerate their job search and build confidence.

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Will paperless receipts become the norm?

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NEW YORK — After Apple began giving consumers the option to receive paperless receipts, it seems that other retailers are following suit, according to published reports.

While it’s common knowledge that cutting back on the use of paper has a positive impact on the environment, eco-conscious consumers that would prefer to receive their receipts electronically (via e-mail) now may have more options. A new report by the Boston Herald said many retailers already have opted in to use a paperless option. The report noted that some retailers, including Whole Foods and many apparel retailers, have tapped such software makers as Intuit, the developer of Quick Receipts, to provide customers with a more environmentally friendly option to keep a record of their purchase.

“It’s the next big thing in retail,” Richard Mader, executive director of the Association for Retail Technology Standards, a division of the National Retail Federation, was quoted as saying. “In five years, up to 60% of retailers will go paperless.”

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