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Goodwill teams with AT&T on locator app

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Rockville, Md. — Goodwill Industries International teamed with AT&T to launch a free “Goodwill Locations/Locator” mobile app, currently available on iOS and Android mobile operating systems.

The mobile application provides users with a tool that currently has information about more than 4,800 Goodwill donation centers and stores across the United States and Canada.

The custom app was built by AT&T’s Mobility Solutions Services, using the AT&T Mobile Application Development platform.

“Working with AT&T, we were able to design a mobile app to provide Goodwill supporters with a convenient way to support our mission of job training,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Rather than having to type a zip code into a website, they are able to instantly locate their nearest Goodwill locations based on their geographic whereabouts.”

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Report: CVS/pharmacy looks to re-enter Toledo market

BY Antoinette Alexander

Woonsocket, R.I. — CVS Caremark is reportedly planning to re-enter the metro Toledo, Ohio, market by snapping up parcels of property, according to a local news report. The Blade is reporting that the pharmacy retailer bought land on Monroe Street near Douglas Road, where it plans to open its first drug store since exiting the market in 2001.

Citing Lucas County real estate records, the newspaper reports that the company bought eight parcels of property totaling 1.5 acres. The total price for the property was $2.2 million.

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Staples Canada launches multichannel back-to-school centers

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Toronto — Staples Canada has rolled out back-to-school shopping centers in both its stores and online, using both offline and online venues to promote BTS trends, technology and supplies to Canadian school children and their parents.

"We’re ready to celebrate the back-to-school season with our customers," said Steve Matyas, president of Staples Canada. To put together the program, Staples Canada associates spent the past 12 months collaborating with specialists in education, major brands and other partners to develop a comprehensive collection of back-to-school products – and has made the collection available in-store and at staples.ca.

In addition, based on its research, Staples Canada developed a new website featuring tools, tips, sample lists for every grade, and information on a wide assortment of back-to-school products. The information can be found at Staples.ca/backtoschool.

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