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J.Crew expanding to Asia via partnership with Lane Crawford

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — J.Crew Group is expanding into Asia through a partnership with Hong Kong- based specialty store operator Lane Crawford.

Beginning in October, a curated selection of the J.Crew autumn/winter 2012 women’s ready-to-wear and shoes, men’s apparel and accessory collections will be available at select Lane Crawford stores in Hong Kong and China. It is the first time J.Crew goods will be featured in a retail environment outside of North America.

The partnership will debut at the Lane Crawford in the IFC mall in Hong Kong and the Seasons Place store in Beijing, as well as on Lanecrawford.com.

"We always want to work with the ‘best of the best,’ and Lane Crawford was at the top of our fantasy list,” said Millard Drexler, CEO, J.Crew. “When it comes to editing and presenting collections with a creative and elevated point of view, no one does it better. We are beyond excited to partner with Lane Crawford to help introduce J.Crew to Asia.”

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NYC files derivative suit vs. Wal-Mart

BY Staff Writer

New York — A Monday report by Reuters said that New York City’s pension funds have filed a derivative lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. based on reported allegations of bribery in Mexico and a possible cover-up by Wal-Mart officials.

The suit, filed in Delaware Chancery Court, alleges that Wal-Mart’s officers and board of directors breached their fiduciary duty to both the company and shareholders by failing to properly handle claims of alleged bribery and apparently attempting to cover up details of the issue.

Wal-Mart could not be immediately reached for comment on Monday afternoon. On June 1, Wal-Mart said that while it could not predict the outcome of the various suits, it did not believe that the outcome would have a material effect on its financial conditions or results of operations.

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Save-A-Lot looking for college interns to ‘hit the road’

BY CSA STAFF

ST. LOUIS — Save-A-Lot, a wholly owned subsidiary of Supervalu, on Monday launched a national search for a team of two interns to serve as brand ambassadors — or more aptly titled Road Scholars — for its 2012 Fuel Your Family Road Trip campaign.

The winning team will hit the road at the end of July for a four-week tour to 12 U.S. cities to personally bring the brand to consumers and help show people how Save-A-Lot can help families with savings of up to 40%, compared with traditional grocery stores.

Throughout the four-week road trip, the Road Scholars will attend community events, conduct random acts of kindness and sampling, host customer appreciation events at Save-A-Lot stores, and share tips for affordable, easy road trip snacks, and breakfast and lunch ideas.

As part of the national search for this year’s Road Scholars, teams of two are invited to submit their resumes, writing samples and a 90-second-or-less audition video explaining why they deserve this unique internship. Videos will be evaluated based on originality, creativity and poise, as well as applicants’ ability to create social media buzz for their videos. Candidates must be college graduates or enrolled in an accredited college and have strong communications, social media and interpersonal skills.

This year’s Fuel Your Family Road Trip route will include stops in Florida; Georgia; South Carolina; North Carolina; Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and New York.

The experiential program was created to give consumers the opportunity to personally connect with the Save-A-Lot brand and raise awareness of Save-A-Lot as a destination.

In 2011, the road trip team of Abby Tinberg and Bob Ringer visited 10 U.S. cities.

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