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Office Depot offers online back-to-college help

BY Dan Berthiaume

Boca Raton, Fla. – Office Depot is offering college students a variety of online back-to-school shopping services through a dedicated page on its e-commerce site. Features include an online catalog geared toward college students and an online college checklist, as well as a partnership with connected learning platform Chegg.

Through the Chegg partnership, Office Depot will run a contest called the “Countdown to College Giveaway” with prizes including technology devices and school supplies, and co-authored online tips and articles.

“As with all levels of education, college students need to be equipped with the right tools to succeed,” said Bob Moore, executive VP and chief marketing and merchandising officer for Office Depot. “At Office Depot, we will not only help them find the latest in technology, services and supplies, but also provide educational guidance in order to make each year fulfilling as possible.”

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Build-A-Bear launches ‘Bear Valley’ app

BY Dan Berthiaume

Woodland Hills, Calif. – Build-A-Bear Workshop is partnering with 505 Games to release an app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch called “Bear Valley.” The app, available for $4.99 at the Apple App Store or on iTunes, lets customers create a virtual teddy bear and take it through various online experiences.

Bear Valley game features include shopping, buying and decorating a condo, performing in an outdoor theater, playing with toys, participating in scavenger hunts and playing on a playground. The game was developed by WayForward.

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Johnny Rockets names Campanaro CFO

BY Dan Berthiaume

Aliso Viejo, Calif. – Johnny Rockets has named Gary Campanaro as CFO. Campanaro previously served as CFO for the El Pollo Loco and Claim Jumper restaurant chains and has also held executive roles at Keith Companies, CB Richard Ellis and CKE Restaurants.

"I am really pleased that Gary has joined our company as we prepare for a time of unprecedented growth,” said John Fuller, president and CEO of Johnny Rockets. “His experience working in the restaurant sector and with multiple private equity groups will be very valuable to our owners, our franchisees and our entire corporation."

Johnny Rockets currently has about 300 restaurants in 20 countries

“This is a great opportunity to join a company on the tipping point,” said Campanaro. “I’ve no doubt that Johnny Rockets is primed to increase their expansion, both domestically and overseas, especially with the enthusiasm and resources this new ownership group provides.”

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