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IBM: Cyber Monday off to strong start

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — Online sales on Cyber Monday were up mid-afternoon by 15% from a year ago, according to IBM Benchmark.

In other mid-afternoon results, IBM reported:

  • The number of consumers using a mobile device to visit a retailer’s site is 12.4%.
  • The number of consumers using their mobile device to make a purchase is at 7.37%; and
  • iPhone continues to lead all mobile device traffic at 4.88%, followed by Android at 3.9% and iPad at 3.26%.

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Target to donate $5 million to local schools

BY Staff Writer

Minneapolis — Target will donate $5 million to local schools nationwide as part of the company’s commitment to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015.

Target has teamed up with "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and its viewers to select 50 schools in need to receive a $100,000 grant. Viewers are encouraged to submit the name of a school that needs help, along with a compelling story that explains why the school should receive a grant, to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Target then will select from these submissions the 50 schools to receive a grant that can be used to support an improved learning environment for kids. Schools will be selected based on a number of factors, the company said, and two of the selected schools will be featured on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

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Family Dollar gets the Walmart treatment

BY Mike Troy

New York City — Family Dollar hasn’t faced much community opposition during an ambitious decade-long expansion program that has left the company with roughly 7,000 stores in 45 states. However, there is a first time for everything and residents in the North Carolina community of Carrboro are pushing back against the retailer’s efforts to open a new store.

According to a report in The Carrboro Citizen, which serves the community near Chapel Hill, residents are concerned about traffic, noise and safety — and felt disrespected by a developer they said didn’t listen to their concerns. Those same types of complaints are normally associated with new store development efforts by Walmart, and to a lesser extent other big-box retailers. It sounds unusual to hear residents upset about a retailer’s plan to build a store that is less than 10,000 sq. ft.; especially considering Family Dollar is headquartered a little more than two hours away in the Charlotte suburb of Matthews, and North Carolina is already home to nearly 400 of the company’s stores.

To read what has the residents of Carrboro upset, click here.

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