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Former OfficeMax and Office Depot executive joins Snap36

BY Dan Berthiaume

Chicago — Retail industry veteran Steve Embree has joined the executive leadership team of spin photography services and solutions provider Snap36 as director of business development. Embree is responsible for driving business development and go-to-market strategies for Snap36 across both B2C and B2B markets.

Embree spent six years as the executive VP of merchandising and e-commerce at OfficeMax, where he was responsible for the development of strategic merchandising plans and repositioning the merchandising portfolio. Embree also spent 16 years at Office Depot in a number of leadership positions, including executive vice president of merchandising and replenishment. He has additional experience in running successful business development programs for retail start-ups, supply chain management, and management consulting.

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Big Lots opens 6 a.m. Thanksgiving

BY Dan Berthiaume

Columbus, Ohio – Big Lots will open at 7 a.m. Thanksgiving morning and 6 a.m. on Black Friday. The retailer will offer one-day special offers on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, and Saturday as well as three-day discounts.

In addition, on all three days, shoppers who spend $50 or more will receive a coupon worth $10 off their next purchase between Dec. 1 to Dec. 14.

"We’ve been open on Thanksgiving for several years, and we’ve received terrific feedback from our customers who enjoy making shopping on that day part of their family tradition," said Andrew Stein, senior VP, chief customer officer. "We are happy to provide them with extended opportunities that will help them make the most of their holiday shopping dollars."

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Bangladesh sets minimum standards for factory safety

BY Dan Berthiaume

Washington, D.C. – Earlier this month in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the International Labor Organization (ILO), technical experts from the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) came to agreement on a common, minimum criterion for fire and structural inspection safety standards, pending a few final modifications.

The Alliance has added 66 additional factories into the publicly released supplier database, bringing the total to 686 Alliance member factories. The list notes factories that also manufacture goods for members of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety, and with the new additions, there continues to be an approximate 50% overlap with Alliance and Accord factory lists.

Alliance membership continues to grow, with three new companies joining in the past month. The companies include Australia’s The Just Group, Giant Tiger Stores Limited and YM Inc. of Canada. This takes the Alliance membership to 26 member companies. And in November, the Alliance hired staff in Bangladesh, including Managing Director Mesbah Rabin, who brings many years of experience working with ready-made garment factories in Bangladesh. The Alliance expects to officially open its Dhaka office in December.

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