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Google Glass in partnership with Luxottixa

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Italian eyewear maker Luxottica Group SpA has entered into an agreement to design, develop and distribute glasses based on Google’s Internet-connected Glass eyewear.

Luxottica said that its two major brands, Ray-Ban and Oakley, would be part of the deal. No financial terms were discussed.

"We believe that a strategic partnership with a leading player like Google is the ideal platform for developing a new way forward in our industry and answering the evolving needs of consumers on a global scale," stated Luxottica CEO Andrea Guerra.

In addition to Ray-Ban and Oakley, Luxottica has an array of other brands, including Vogue-Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples, and Alain Mikli. It also operates the LensCrafters and Sunglass Hut chains.

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Wawa to roll out Kalibrate Technologies’ fuel pricing solution

BY Marianne Wilson

Florham Park, N.J. — Kalibrate Technologies (formerly KSS Fuels) announced that convenience-store operator Wawa has purchased the Kalibrate PriceNet fuel pricing system and will implement a roll-out across the chain’s entire network of 382 fuel sites.

Wawa will utilize the full capabilities of PriceNet, which includes 24/7 automation of pricing, full integration to the sites, robust analytics to determine optimal pump prices and mobile functionality on smartphones and tablets.

“Kalibrate has demonstrated that PriceNet and their experienced people can bring value to our pricing process and decision making,” said Brian Schaller, VP of fuel at Wawa. “Kalibrate will help us meet our strategic and tactical initiatives to improve performance. The system will help Wawa provide even greater value to our customers by enabling faster responses to changing market conditions. We look forward to a successful partnership together.”

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Rite Aid names chief human resources officer

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Camp Hill, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. announced that Dedra N. Castle is joining Rite Aid as executive VP and chief human resources officer.

In this position, Castle will be responsible for all aspects of human resources, including training, recruitment, talent management, compensation and benefits, labor relations, leadership development and diversity. She will report to Rite Aid’s Chairman and CEO John Standley.

Castle has more than 19 years of experience in human resource management. In 2012, she became a founding member and managing partner of Castle Partners, LLC, a human resources management services firm; and Level Mediation, LLC, a multi-state mediation firm.

Before this, Castle worked for the Sam Club’s Division of Walmart Stores, Inc., where she most recently led the corporate human resources function and was the chief inclusion and diversity officer.

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