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Hhgregg to hire 800 seasonal associates

BY CSA STAFF

Indianapolis Appliance and electronics retailer Hhgregg plans to hire about 800 seasonal associates for its 117 stores this fall, in preparation for the holiday season.

The company is accepting applications through the end of September for associates to assist in its appliance and home-theater departments from October through January.

Upon hiring, seasonal associates will receive two weeks of dedicated training focused on product knowledge and selling skills, as well as Hhgregg’s policies and procedures.

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Borders to party it up at National Book Festival

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. Borders announced that it will be the exclusive book retailer for the 9th annual National Book Festival, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Borders will have hundreds of titles on hand from many of the bestselling authors who will be at the event including James Patterson, Kate DiCamillo, Judy Blume, Ken Burns, Paula Deen, Jeff Kinney, Rick Riordan, John Grisham, Jodi Picoult, Nicholas Sparks and others.

The Borders store will be located in the Book Sales Pavilion, so attendees can pick up their books before heading over to the Author Signing Pavilions located nearby.

For more information, including a complete list of participating authors and author signing and pavilions schedules, please visit www.loc.gov/bookfest. Festival-goers can also text “BOOK” to 61399 for up-to-the minute text alerts and news. Standard message rates apply.

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Staples, DoSomething raise money for school supply drive

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NEW YORK, N.Y. and FRAMINGHAM, Mass. Grammy winning singer-songwriter Ciara, Staples and DoSomething.org announced that the 2009 Do Something 101 national school supply drive raised more than $630,000 in customer cash donations. Combined with the company’s $125,000 contribution of school supplies, Staples customers also donated thousands of items such as notebooks, calculators and other supplies for students in need.

At one supply drive in New York, teen volunteers worked with Ciara and Chaske Spencer of Twilight and singer Leah Renee to stuff 5,000 bags with school essentials that were donated to local students. In addition, Staples customers responded to the opportunity to donate one dollar at any Staples store to help local not-for-profit organizations serving disadvantaged students. 100% of donations received in Staples stores will be donated to local youth organizations.

“Teens around the country made a difference this summer by collecting school supplies and dropping them off at Staples stores nationally,” said Demos Parneros, president of U.S. stores at Staples. “Every volunteer and contributor to Do Something 101 played a critical role in helping community youth in need get supplies that are essential to start the school year off right.”

In support of the campaign, Ciara starred in a PSA that aired on more than 9,000 television and radio stations nationwide. Staples also established a Do Something 101 Fan Page on Facebook that continues to raise awareness among the teen audience, as does the “Adopt-A-Pack” Facebook application that encourages teens to recruit their friends to donate to the cause.

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