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IBM completes acquisition of Kenexa

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Armonk, N.Y. — IBM announced Tuesday the closing of its acquisition of Kenexa, a provider of recruiting and talent management solutions, for approximately $1.3 billion.

IBM said that Kenexa complements its strategy of bringing relevant data and expertise into the hands of business leaders within every functional department, from sales and marketing to product development and human resources.

"By creating a smarter workforce, employees can drive innovation to bring products and services to market faster, resolve problems before they arise to improve customer service, and increase sales by building new skills — linking the right experts to the right clients," said Alistair Rennie, general manager, social business, IBM. "The combination of Kenexa’s world-class human capital management solutions and IBM’s social business and analytics leadership uniquely positions IBM to help clients generate real returns from their social business investments, while helping them to be more competitive in their markets."

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Staples survey: Shoppers delay holiday mailing until last minute

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Framingham, Mass. — A survey by Staples of 1,000 American shoppers revealed that the majority tend to wait until the last minute to mail holiday gifts.

The Staples Winter Holiday Survey found that two-thirds of those polled confessed to sending holiday cards out too late and nearly half admitted to shipping gifts at the last minute.

Waiting in line to ship packages ranks as a top holiday headache, right alongside travel delays and endless holiday music. More than half of survey respondents cited waiting in line to buy stamps or ship gifts as a top holiday frustration, while 48% of survey respondents say they complete their holiday shipping in the middle of the season’s chaos or at the last possible minute.

Six-in-10 survey respondents say their holiday cards actually arrive too late.

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C.James says:
Mar-29-2013 04:23 am

There are some factors affecting this data. Majority of the people choose to go last minute shopping because many stores will have huge sale during this time. Others just can't get out from work or other personal circumstances. - Kale Flagg

C.James says:
Mar-29-2013 04:23 am

There are some factors affecting this data. Majority of the people choose to go last minute shopping because many stores will have huge sale during this time. Others just can't get out from work or other personal circumstances. - Kale Flagg

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HSN names retail veteran to CIO post

BY Katherine Boccaccio

St. Petersburg, Fla. — HSN announced Tuesday it has appointed Karen Etzkorn to the newly created position of chief information officer of HSNi, effective Jan. 3.

Etzkorn is charged with overseeing all aspects of information technology for HSNi’s two operating segments — HSN and Cornerstone.

Etzkorn was most recently senior VP and CIO for Ascena Retail. Prior to that, she was senior VP and CIO at Tween Brands and has also held senior technology roles at The Home Depot, Williams-Sonoma, Gap and Limited.

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