STORE SPACES

J.C. Penney expanding in-store digital experience

BY CSA STAFF

Plano, Texas — J.C. Penney Co. is expanding its in-store digital presence by rolling out its “findmore smart fixture” to more than 120 stores across the United States. The kiosk has a 42-inch touch screen store that links store shoppers directly to the retailer’s website and its 250,000 online products.

Using the findmore kiosk, shoppers can check the availability of merchandise in-store and at nearby locations, and scan bar codes on in-store items for more product information and features. They can also e-mail images and information about an online item to themselves or a friend.

Additionally, shoppers can view items and outfits and add them to an online "dressing room." The customer can then print out a page listing the items, locate the items in the store and try them on.

Online items purchased from the findmore fixture can be shipped to shoppers at home, or shipped for free to the local J.C. Penney store. Additionally, customers can also print out a receipt and purchase an online item at an in-store register, with the rest of their in-store purchases.

"We’ve always seen the value of integrating the online and in-store shopping experience offering customers the opportunity to have access to a greater merchandise selection by offering access to online purchases in the stores," said Tom Nealon, group executive VP.

Additionally, in conjunction with the launch of its previously announced in-store Modern Bride concept, J.C. Penney said it will begin rolling out the Findmore experience using iPad to 50 fine jewelry departments.

The retailer said the new initiatives are part of its strategy to encourage store associates and customers to "find more" by providing access to the expanded assortments and product information available on jcp.com.

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Greg Rayburn joins A&P’s board

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MONTVALE, N.J. — Bankrupt grocer A&P has announced the election of Greg Rayburn to its board of directors, replacing Dr. Jens-Jürgen Böckel, who has resigned from the board.

"We are pleased to welcome Greg to A&P’s board. His experience in leading companies through critical transitions will be invaluable to the board. I am looking forward to working with Greg as we continue to execute on A&P’s comprehensive turnaround under Sam Martin’s leadership," stated A&P chairman Christian Haub. Haub continued, "I also want to thank Jens for his contributions to the board over nearly seven years. We wish him well in his future endeavors."

Rayburn has more than 28 years of experience leading companies and maximizing enterprise value through strategic and competitive challenges in a wide range of industries, including retail, freight, manufacturing, telecommunications, gaming, hospitality, home building and health care.

Most recently, Rayburn served as the CEO of the New York City Off Track Betting Corp., where, at the request of the Governor of New York, he developed a reorganization plan and led negotiations with state racetracks and unions. He has also served as CEO of Magna Entertainment Corp., Syntax-Brillian Corp., International Outsourcing Services, Muzak Holdings LLC and Sunterra Corp. Earlier in his career, he was chief restructuring officer of WorldCom — then the largest U.S. bankruptcy filing to-date.

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FINANCE

Report: Target to pay $22.5 million in California waste case

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Oakland, Calif. — A report Friday by the Los Angeles Times said that Target Corp. will pay the state of California $22.5 million to settle claims that the retailer improperly disposed of waste.

According to the report, Target allegedly violated California’s hazardous waste laws by improperly disposing of pesticides, bleach and other potentially toxic items by pouring it down drains and throwing it into trash bins. A tentative agreement with the state’s attorney general calls for the company to train employees on proper waste disposal methods and hire a compliance auditor, in addition paying the monetary settlement.

As part of the deal, Target does not acknowledge any wrongdoing.

An Alameda County judge is scheduled to review the agreement on March 2.

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