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Meijer selects U.S. Vision as exclusive vision center

BY Marianne Wilson

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Meijer announced that it has selected U.S. Vision as its exclusive vision center in its stores moving forward in an effort to enhance its retail healthcare services across the Midwest.

U.S. Vision, a separately owned and operated company based in Glendora, N.J., is currently a tenant in 50 Meijer stores in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio, and has plans to open 19 more vision centers in Meijer stores this year. All of its vision centers will be renamed "Meijer Optical" by the end of the month.

"As a family-focused company, Meijer believes in providing our customers with opportunities to address their healthcare needs in one stop," Meijer drug store VP Nat Love. "The Meijer Optical shops will round out the robust services our stores already offer, including full-service pharmacies, health clinics and our free medication program, that meet our customers’ needs."

U.S. Vision is a leading provider of vision care products and services in the United States and Canada, and represents the sixth largest retail optical chain in the nation. Meijer began working with U.S. Vision in December 2011.

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Kathy Bronstein leaves Wet Seal board

BY Staff Writer

Foothill Ranch, Calif. — The Wet Seal announced that Kathy Bronstein resigned from its board of directors, effective April 4.

Lynda Davey, The Wet Seal’s non-executive chairman, stated: “Kathy has been a valued member of the board of directors and we appreciate the contributions she made to the company, both as a board member and during her earlier tenure as CEO.”

Bronstein added: “Wet Seal will always have a special place in my heart and it was an honor to return to Wet Seal to work with my fellow board members and Wet Seal’s management team to help define the company’s strategic vision for today and beyond.”

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1-800-Flowers teams with Deliv for same-day delivery

BY Dan Berthiaume

Carle Place, N.Y. — Deliv has been chosen as a same-day delivery vendor for 1-800-Flowers.com, its affiliated gourmet food brands, and its network of BloomNet florists across the U.S. commencing with a pilot in the San Francisco Bay area. Using Deliv, 1-800-Flowers.com will enhance its same-day delivery service in several ways, including the use of Deliv’s proprietary technology for an upgraded delivery experience.

Deliv works directly with its retailers and partners to add the Deliv "same-day delivery" option into their checkout process, whether it’s online, mobile or in retail stores. The direct relationship between the retailer and shopper is maintained, with no need to redirect retailer’s customers to a third party to transact and arrange same-day delivery.

Deliv drivers receive delivery tasks via GPS-enabled smartphones. Each delivery may be rated by customers so the platform is able to prioritize the allocation of jobs to those with the highest ratings. Managing a community of these on-demand drivers across the country, the Deliv platform incorporates smart routing and full transparency including the ability for shoppers to watch their delivery on a map in real-time from pick-up to their desired destination.

"With flowers and gourmet food gifts, it’s about delivering smiles to our customers,” said Chris McCann, president of 1-800-Flowers.com. “We are excited to enhance our same-day delivery services with a fast, reliable, game-changing delivery service and Deliv is a clear option for supplementing the quality and flexibility that our customers and florists have come to expect.”

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