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North American retailers offer Bangladesh safety plan

BY Staff Writer

New York — A group of 17 North American retailers, including Walmart, J.C. Penney, Gap, Target and Macy’s, on Wednesday announced a five-year safety pact aimed at improving conditions in garment factories in Bangladesh. It calls for inspecting all factories that supply their garments within a year, and an agreement to set up basic safety standards within three months.

The announcement by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety comes after a separate safety plan was announced on Monday by a group of mostly European companies.

The North American plan pledges $42 million for worker safety, and more than $100 million in loans and other financing to help factory owners in the country correct safety problems. It is backed by a number of groups, including the American Apparel & Footwear Association, Canadian Apparel Federation, National Retail Federation, Retail Council of Canada, Retail Industry Leaders Association, and the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel.

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Rue La La launches shoppable video series

BY Dan Berthiaume

Boston – Rue La La is launching a shoppable "Sunday Supper" chef video series where products used by the chefs in the videos to prepare a dish will be available for sale on the site. Celebrity chefs featured in the videos will include Sam Talbot of Top Chef: Season 2 on July 14, followed by Top Chef: Season 3 winner Hung Huynh and Food Network’s Chopped judge Amanda Freitag in future episodes. Each video will be accompanied by an online boutique featuring the kitchen and cookware used in the video, recipes and giveaways.

"The celebrity chef curated Sunday Supper series is revolutionizing the cooking and shopping experience by offering access to the tools and tips all in one place," said Michael Mosca, executive VP, living with Rue La La. "Through these boutiques, members are able to watch the chefs create the recipe from start to finish and then immediately have access to the elements needed to bring it to life, making anyone a star chef in their own kitchens.”

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CVS offers veterans special store discounts

BY Dan Berthiaume

Woonsocket, R.I. – CVS is offering holders of the Veterans Advantage VetRewards card $2 off every $10 purchase of CVS/pharmacy brand merchandise in stores. To take advantage of the offer, members are verified at VeteransAdvantage.com for access to a special downloadable coupon good every day at CVS/pharmacy. This coupon offer complements the existing 10% online-only discount for purchases made on CVS.com for Veterans Advantage members that was launched in 2012.

"This new benefit for Veterans Advantage members demonstrates our continued commitment to those who have given so much in service to our country," said George Coleman, VP merchandising, store brands, CVS/pharmacy. “We are proud and honored to support the Veterans Advantage mission of respect, recognition and rewards for veterans and military families.”

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