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Former ShopperTrak exec joins AccuStore board

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York — AccuStore, a leading provider of site intelligence for retailers and multi-site operators, has added Jan Davis, president and CEO of ShopperTrak, to the board of AccuStore’s parent company, GSP.

“AccuStore’s technology meets a profound need in retail to reduce the cost and delays that arise when large retailers struggle to understand store-specific facts and data,” Davis said. “With the backing of GSP’s 35 years of experience in supporting large retail chains, AccuStore is uniquely positioned to offer a technology and support platform that will enable major retailers to realize long-lasting improvements in their bottom-line performance.”

During her tenure at ShopperTrak, from 2004 to 2008, revenues doubled and the company expanded internationally, including a wholly foreign-owned subsidiary in China.

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Zara uses social media to apologize for big fashion gaffe

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Fashion powerhouse Zara, owned by Spain’s Inditex, used social media to apologize after complaints poured in via Twitter that the retailer was selling a piece of clothing that closely resembled a uniform worn in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. The item in question, called the “Sheriff,” was a children’s blue-and-white striped top with a prominent six-pointed yellow star.

The top was featured on the retailer’s online site in a select number of countries, including Sweden, France and Israel. It was removed on Wednesday hours after it went on sale. Zara turned to Twitter, issuing apologies in a number of different languages, and said the design of the shirt was styled after shirts worn in Old Western movies.

The company wrote on its Twitter feed:

“We honestly apologize, it was inspired by the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western firms and is no longer in our stores.”

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Hudson’s Bay names Shoppers Drug Mart exec as treasury VP

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Toronto – Hudson’s Bay Company has appointed John Caplice to the position of senior VP treasury and investor relations, effective Sept. 2. He most recently served as senior VP treasurer & investor relations at Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. from 2000-2014.

While at Shoppers Drug Mart, Caplice was responsible for treasury and compliance activities, as well as developing and implementing communication strategies.

Caplice will be based in Toronto and will report to Paul Beesley, CFO, Hudson’s Bay Company.

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