OPERATIONS

Forever 21 teams with Accertify toward fraud prevention

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Chicago — Fraud prevention and risk management provider Accertify said Thursday that Forever 21 will deploy its fraud prevention solution, customized to the retailer’s e-commerce business.

Forever 21 said it is growing its online presence internationally and turned to Accertify, an American Express company, to process and decrease risk in Forever 21’s online transactions.

“With Accertify managing our fraud prevention program, we will be able to redeploy our resources to further enhance our customer’s online shopping experience, including customer service,” said Beth Jain, controller at Forever 21.

The Accertify platform is designed to integrate a complete e-commerce program, allowing merchants to process online transactions, minimize fraud risks, and manage payment disputes and measure outcomes.

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OPERATIONS

Dollar General appoints executive VP store operations

BY Allison Cerra

Goodlettsville, Tenn. — A former Safeway executive has joined Dollar General as its executive VP store operations.

Effective March 19, Greg Sparks will assume all responsibilities for the operations of more than 9,900 retail stores in 38 states and serve on Dollar General’s real estate and store development committee, the company said. Sparks will report to chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling.

Sparks most recently served as president of Safeway’s Seattle division. His departure from the supermarket retailer was announced earlier this week.

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REAL ESTATE

Casey’s launches Kentucky expansion

BY Staff Writer

Ankeny, Iowa — Casey’s General Stores said Thursday that it will break ground on its first site in Kentucky later this month. This store will be located in Cadiz, Ky., and will mark the 12th state in which the c-store chain operates.

The Cadiz store is slated to open summer 2012, and will be followed by additional stores in Paducah and Henderson later this year, said the company.

Casey’s said it also has land under contract in Tennessee with plans to break ground next fiscal year as well.

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