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Nine West in RFID Pilot

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New York City Jones Apparel Group Monday announced that it has initiated a program to evaluate radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in select Nine West retail locations. The goal of the pilot program is to study the benefits that item-level RFID provides in the areas of enhanced productivity, customer service and inventory accuracy.

“RFID has interested us for some time, and we believe it has reached the point where launching a pilot program of this nature makes sense,” said Norm Veit, executive VP, MIS at Jones.

The team of companies with whom Jones is partnering on the RFID initiative consists of:

*Vue Technology, which will provide the RFID software and system-management solutions;

*Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility Business, which will provide fixed and handheld RFID readers and antennas;

*Avery Dennison, which will provide RFID tags and printers; and

*inCode Wireless, which will provide installation and integration services and, along with RFID Sherpas LLC, will perform operational and business case analysis.

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Costco posts mercury warning on seafood counters

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WASHINGTON Costco has agreed to post the Food and Drug Administration mercury advice on signs at its seafood counters, ocean conservation group Oceana announced.

“Posting a sign that tells consumers which fish they should avoid would let them know that other fish are OK to eat, and allay any fears they may have,” said Simon Mahan, campaign manager for Oceana.  “In fact, some grocery stores that posted the FDA advice had no negative effect on their seafood sales and one company even reported that seafood sales increased after posting the signs,” he added.

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Food Lion appoints new cfo

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SALISBURY, N.C. Food Lion has promoted Carol Herndon to serve as cfo and chief administrative officer. Herndon will continue to have senior-leadership responsibility for all of accounting and analysis, as well as information technology.

In addition, she will now be accountable for corporate development, which includes real estate, store development, mergers and acquisitions, construction, maintenance, equipment procurement and energy management.

Herndon’s career at Food Lion began when she joined the organization as a financial controller in 1989.

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