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Ikea plugs-in two electrical vehicle charging stations, with more to come

BY Staff Writer

Portland, Ore. — Ikea officially plugged-in two Blink Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations at its Portland, Ore., store as part of its partnership with ECOtality, a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies.

The initiative is the first such project for Ikea in the United States. Similar installations aa planned at eight other Ikea stores in the Western United States.

To charge an EV at Ikea Portland, drivers pull into a designated parking spot, swipe their Blink InCard (RFID card), plug the charger into the EV, and then shop while the vehicle is charging.

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Kodak enhances retail kiosks

BY CSA STAFF

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Eastman Kodak Company announced that its Kodak Picture Kiosk software will now allow consumers to use images from Facebook to create photo products. The enhanced Facebook application is the flagship feature of the new Kodak Picture Kiosk software version 5.0 currently being rolled out to retailers worldwide, the company said.

“With new applications and the continued explosion in online sharing, Kodak continues to advance what’s possible at retail with breakthrough innovations like social network connectivity, transforming the photo retail experience,” said Larry Trevarthen, VP worldwide marketing retail systems solutions for Eastman Kodak Company. “Kodak pioneered social connectivity at the photo kiosk and we continue innovate to meet consumers’ evolving needs while also expanding profit potential for our retail customers.”

The new software suite also features Kodak SmartFit Technology, which automatically creates a photo book in seconds. SmartFit quickly organizes and places photos in a photo book template, then let’s the consumer decide to print immediately or personalize the Photo Book layout further. The new software also supports customizable captions and an improved photo book project preview that shows virtual pages displayed as they will appear in the actual book.

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Lush selects Demandware Commerce platform

BY Marianne Wilson

Burlington, Mass. — Demandware announced that Lush Cosmetics has selected the Demandware Commerce platform to power three new e-commerce storefronts in North America, including its U.S. English, Canadian English and Canadian French sites.

After evaluating several solutions, Lush felt the power of Demandware’s on-demand model would lessen the administrative requirements of its on-premise platform, while providing them with the freedom to custom-develop and support potential multi-site global deployments.

“Our dedicated customer community expects a seamless, fun and positive shopping experience both in our stores and online,” said Mark Wolverton, CEO of Lush Cosmetics North America. “Focusing on the basic administrative needs of the website detracts from our ability to properly deliver the brand experiences our customers have come to expect. With Demandware, we will be able to focus on improving our marketing, merchandising and customer experiences across all our sites while continuing to grow and expand globally.”



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