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Michaels rolls out mobile-optimized site application, mobile coupons

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Irving, Texas — Michaels said Monday it is rolling out a mobile-optimized site app as well as mobile coupons with the objective of driving in-store traffic.

The retailer, which already has a strong presence on Facebook and Twitter, has zeroed in on mobile initiatives as a way to reach time-pressed customers.

The company is using QR codes and SMS to engage with its customers, and is now targeting smartphone users with mobile discounts. The new app links users to added content, gives information about locations and in-store events, and enables shoppers to scan mobile barcodes on items and create shopping lists.

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Amazon launches new grocery shopping app

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Seattle — Amazon said Monday it has launched a new app to support AmazonFresh on Android phones.

AmazonFresh, a division of Amazon, is available only in the Seattle area and is a service for ordering groceries online for home delivery.

With the new application, users can shop complete grocery and selected Amazon.com aisles, choose home delivery times, view past purchases, and place orders.

The app also includes features such as barcode scanning and list functionality.

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Dollar General divisional president to retire

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Goodlettsville, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. announced Monday that Kathleen Guion, division president of store operations and store development, will retire from the company effective July 31, 2012.

According to Dollar General, during her tenure Guion oversaw more than 9,500 stores in 35 states and revamped the company’s real estate strategy. Before assuming her current role in November 2005, Guion served as executive VP store operations. Prior to joining Dollar General in 2003, she served as president and CEO of Duke and Long Distributing Co.

Guion will continue in her current role through December 31, 2011 as the company conducts a search for her replacement and transitions her store operations duties.

From January 1, 2012 to her retirement, she will be responsible for transitioning her real estate growth and development responsibilities and for assisting the company in its strategic planning.

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