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Great American Group to handle Pierre Deux disposition

BY Staff Writer

Woodland Hills, Calif. — Great American Group said Thursday it has been retained to manage the going-out-of-business sale of all Pierre Deux stores, a French furnishing retailer that operated across 13 states.

Pierre Deux ceased business operations and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection on June 23.

“The trustee has charged us with selling the company’s inventory in all of the stores,” said Scott Carpenter, executive VP and the head of the Retail Services Division for Great American Group.

The former Pierre Deux sites are located in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

Prior to its June bankruptcy filing, Pierre Deux had previously reorganized under Chapter 11 in New York in 2002.

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Crabtree & Evelyn chooses PeopleAnswers for pre-employment selection

BY Staff Writer

Dallas — PeopleAnswers and Crabtree & Evelyn announced on Thursday a software licensing agreement for the retailer to use the PeopleAnswers HR solution for pre-employment screening and selection for hourly employees and store managers in its 72 stores across the United States in preparation for the holiday season.

“As brand ambassadors, Crabtree & Evelyn team members help customers select the products that will transform life’s daily rituals into pleasant experiences – the cornerstone of our brand promise,” said Pamela Dunn, corporate manager, Human Resources, Crabtree & Evelyn. “PeopleAnswers provides a standard process for hiring the right people who will maintain our brand across all stores, increase sales and remain with us longer.”

By using the software to prescreen, assess and hire its field employees, Crabtree & Evelyn will create a consistent, automated hiring process that is more efficient for store managers and will help them make quality hiring decisions with easily accessible information. This information supports the interview and behavioral onboarding processes for the critical first 100 days on the job as well as employee development and long-term succession planning.

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Coupon usage up, Sunday newspaper inserts still most popular source

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — When it comes to coupons, consumers still rely on the Sunday newspaper. According to consumer and media measurement firm Scarborough Research, coupon usage for household items is up 24% since 2006, with Sunday newspaper inserts ranking as the leading (49%) source for coupons, followed by in-store coupons (43%), direct mailings (33%), in-store circulars (26%), and preferred customer/loyalty card (24). And some one-fifth (22%) of consumers are utilizing digital media such as email, text messaging or Internet sites to get their household coupons,

“As the American economic recovery continues to find a balance, people are utilizing a myriad of ways to save money. From traditional paper coupon clipping to seeking out deals online, consumers are getting creative with finding the best deals,” said Brian Condon, executive VP commercial development, Scarborough Research.

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