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Natural Grocers opens Omaha store

BY Michael Fickes

Denver — Natural Grocers has opened its third Nebraska store in central Omaha, Neb. It is the second Omaha store and the 89th store in the organic grocery chain.

The family-run chain, which went public in 2012, has locations across Colorado, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico, Montana, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska, Arizona and Oregon.

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Burlington to raise funds for blood cancer research

BY CSA STAFF

WHITE PLAINS — Burlington Coat Factory is joining the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night campaign for the 12th consecutive year. The retailer will be collecting donations at checkout to help support blood cancer research.

Burlington Coat Factory also plans to enlist its more than 28,000 employees nationwide to participate in Light the Night walks across the country to commemorate lives touched by cancer and raise funds to help fight blood cancers.

Throughout the past 11 years, Burlington has raised more than $16 million to help fund cancer research and patient services by engaging both customers and employees in the campaign. Customers can donate now through Oct. 19 at any one of Burlington’s more than 500 locations in 44 states and Puerto Rico.

As part of this year’s paper balloon icon program, Burlington has enlisted 1800Flowers.com to help. Every Burlington customer who donates to LLS at checkout will receive 20% off their entire merchandise purchase at 1800Flowers.com. In addition, 1800Flowers.com will donate a portion of their customer’s online purchase to LLS.

"I am consistently impressed and overwhelmed by the tremendous generosity of our employees and our customers to give back in support of this important life-changing research," said Thomas Kingsbury, Burlington president and CEO. "We are looking forward to another outstanding campaign this season as we work together to raise funds in the fight against cancer."

Burlington is a national off-price retailer offering merchandise for the entire family and the home with up to 65% off department store prices. Departments include ladies’ dresses, suits and sportswear, juniors, accessories, menswear, family footwear, children’s clothing, furniture and accessories for baby at Baby Depot, home décor and gifts, along with a large selection of coats for the entire family. Burlington was founded in 1972 and has expanded from a single store selling coats, to a multi-department retail chain with more than 500 stores in 44 States and Puerto Rico.

LLS funds blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services and aims to ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients and their families. Its mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

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Topshop’s Australian stores deploy Island Pacific’s POS solution

BY Marianne Wilson

Sydney, Australia — Island Pacific has announced the deployment of its point-of-sale technology in Topshop’s Sydney and Melbourne stores.

Island Pacific’s software solutions are being used by the British fashion retailer to standardize its IT solutions. As a new business venture in Australia, Topshop wanted the day-to-day business of its retail divisions to be streamlined with receipting, sales and reporting functionality.

To meet this requirement effectively, the retailer has invested in Island Pacific’s omni-channel server, which is well suited to a large scale retail outlet, enabling Topshop to manage its inventory, merchandising, and head office functionality, and providing it with real-time accurate and immediate data for informed decision- making.

“We want every customer who comes into any of our stores to experience exceptional service,” said Hilton Seskin, chairman, Austradia, the Australian franchisee of the Topshop stores. “It’s important to us that the experience lives up to their expectations “Having a standardized IT solution that is core to our day-to-day business, which supports flexible customer service delivery and helps us to track the requirements and profitability of the business, is critical to achieving this.”

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