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Harris Teeter adds yearly payment option to online shopping program

BY Marianne Wilson

Matthews, N.C. — Harris Teeter announced Thursday it has launched a new, yearly payment option for its Express Lane Online Shopping program.

In addition to the $4.95 per order option and the $16.95 monthly option — already in place for shoppers who frequently use the service — shoppers can now choose to pay $99.95 for the entire year, allowing them to place as many orders as they would like throughout the year without incurring additional charges.

Shoppers can simply add the yearly fee to their Express Lane Online Shopping bill when placing an order. From that date, the normal service fee will be automatically waived on all orders for the next 365 days.

“Our shoppers love the convenience of Harris Teeter’s Express Lane Online Shopping service,” said communication specialist Danna Jones. “While they are running kids to and from soccer practice and managing their busy lives, we take care of the shopping. Our Express Lane experts not only hand-select the highest quality and freshest items available, but they also load the groceries into the shopper’s car and process payment curbside. Our customers never have to leave their vehicle.”

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Report: Target increases online subscription assortment

BY Dan Berthiaume

Minneapolis – Target has increased the number of goods it offers for sale via online subscription by adding more than 1,600 items, according to the Associated Press. The chain started the service last fall, by offering some 150 baby products for delivery.

In addition to adding more items, Target is expanding the assortment to include a wider range of goods,
Target’s subscription plan is free and provides deliveries in four-, six-, eight-, 10- and 12-week installments. The retailer is primarily trying to compete with similar Amazon.com programs such as Subscribe and Save and Amazon Prime.

Target executives said subscription sales of baby items, introduced in fall 2013, now account for about 15% of the retailer’s online sales.

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Urban Outfitters names former J. Crew exec as president of namesake brand

BY Dan Berthiaume

Philadelphia — Urban Outfitters Inc. has appointed Trish Donnelly to the role of president of Urban Outfitters brand, North America, effective July 14. She will report directly to Ted Marlow, CEO, Urban Outfitters Group.

Donnelly joins Urban Outfitters from Steven Alan, where she has served as president for almost three years. Prior to joining Steven Alan, she spent more than seven years at J. Crew as the executive VP of J. Crew Direct. Donnelly began her retail career with Ralph Lauren, where she spent 12 years immersed within the merchandising organization.

"It is with great pleasure that Ted and I welcome Trish to the Urban Outfitters brand," said Richard A. Hayne, CEO. “Trish is a strong leader who brings with her a deep understanding of the direct-to-consumer channel as well as an extensive background in merchandising. We are delighted to have Trish join our executive team and believe she will play an instrumental role in the Urban brand’s ongoing growth story.”

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