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Jon Kubo returns to The Wet Seal; named executive VP and chief digital officer

BY Staff Writer

Foothills Ranch, Calif. — The Wet Seal named Jon Kubo as executive VP and chief digital officer, a newly created position, effective Oct. 6. Kubo will oversee e-commerce, digital marketing and the information technology organization to integrate digital consumer experiences across all business touch points.

Kubo returns to Wet Seal after serving as head of e-commerce and chief information officer for the Company from 2005 through 2011. Most recently, he was head of product strategy at Fluid, a Web development firm, and was previously chief product officer at 8th Bridge, Inc., a social commerce startup, until it was acquired by Fluid in April 2014.

“I am excited to bring Jon back to lead our critically important e-commerce business, along with digital marketing and information technology,” said Ed Thomas, CEO. “Jon’s tremendous vision and innovative leadership during his prior Wet Seal tenure resulted in the most successful e-commerce performance in the company’s history. We are confident that Jon’s expertise will return us to the forefront as an e-commerce leader within the teen retail space.”

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Report: Retailers form anti-theft alliance with NYPD

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – More than 100 retailers, including Macy’s and J.C. Penney, have reportedly joined forces with the New York Police Department to create the Metropolitan Organized Retail Crime Alliance. According to the New York Daily News, the alliance will share information on criminals and scams targeting retailers and their customers.

Target, Home Depot and Rite Aid are also part of the alliance, with Apple reportedly preparing to join in the near future. The group will also share information with the FBI and 50 other law enforcement agencies. It held its first meeting earlier in September, with Rite Aid sharing information about a scam targeting users of Green Dot MoneyPak cards. The group is modeled after a similar retailer-police partnership in Los Angeles.

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RadioShack rolls out mobile repair service in Miami

BY Dan Berthiaume

Fort Worth, Texas – RadioShack’s Fix It Here same-day mobile repair service is now available in 32 stores in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area. By visiting their neighborhood RadioShack store, smartphone and tablet owners can have common issues such as cracked screens, broken buttons and damaged charging ports repaired.

Fix It Here offers, in most cases, same-day repairs, typically in less than two hours, for the most popular smartphones and tablets on the market. Repairs for these devices start at $39.99 and include a 90-day warranty on parts and labor. RadioShack currently offers FixIt Here at 500 stores nationwide and plans to offer it at 700 stores by the end of 2014.

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