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North American Video launches service contract for A&P

BY Staff Writer

Brick, N.J. — North American Video said Thursday that it has begun servicing and maintenance of the video surveillance systems in all retail outlets across The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co.

A total of over 330 stores across seven states are part of the service program; retail banners include A&P, The Food Emporium, Pathmark, SuperFresh, Best Cellars, Waldbaum’s and Food Basics.

For Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., NAV said it has appointed an account manager to be a single point of contact, allocated a team of dedicated service technicians and will carry inventory of critical components to ensure timely response and resolution of all issues.

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Neiman Marcus debuts first Foursquare challenge

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Dallas — Neiman Marcus said Thursday it has launched its first-ever foursquare challenge to take place on Oct. 1 in conjunction with the department store retailer’s Shoe & Handbag Event.

As part of the challenge, Neiman Marcus will hide 15 Nancy Gonzalez clutches in secret locations throughout its stores. Participants will engage in a hunt for the clutches by unlocking a message when they check into Neiman Marcus stores on foursquare. The "Check-in Special" will indicate whether the user is in the vicinity of a hidden clutch, and if so, where to look for it. The player who first locates the handbag gets to keep it.

In addition, all 41 Neiman Marcus stores will offer foursquare users the opportunity to register to win a Nancy Gonzalez clutch.

"Foursquare is another example of how Neiman Marcus is reaching both new and loyal customers with mobile and digital communications to create a unique in-store experience," said Gabrielle de Papp, VP corporate public relations and social media, Neiman Marcus Group. "Our hope is to engage with our customers in a fun and stimulating way while showcasing our assortment of fashion accessories."

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Cheesewright becomes McMillon’s man in the Middle East and Europe

BY CSA STAFF

Former Asda executive and Walmart Canada CEO David Cheesewright has a new role that opens up some intriguing growth possibilities, given his new responsibilities include oversight of geographic areas where Walmart doesn’t currently operate stores.

Cheesewright was named EVP, president and CEO of a new regional management team within Walmart’s international division, where he will lead Walmart’s retail operations in Canada, the United Kingdom and Sub-Saharan Africa, while also overseeing business development in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada. In this new role, Cheesewright reports directly to Walmart International president and CEO Doug McMillon.

“Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada hold tremendous potential for our company and we are excited to have David Cheesewright leading the team,” McMillon said. “Since joining the company, David has been a champion for our customer, led innovation and delivered returns.”

That has especially been the case in the U.K. and Canada, which are regularly at or near the top of the company’s best performing countries when it comes time to report financial results. However, what’s interesting about McMillon’s comment is how he just slipped in the reference to the Middle East and Europe, suggesting expansion into markets within continental Europe and the Middle East are on the company’s radar.

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