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Pathmark Launches Web Shopping

BY CSA STAFF

Carteret, N.J., Pathmark Stores broke into the ranks of e-retailers: the 142-store regional grocer introduced on-line shopping through its company Web site on Friday. Pathmark stores in Middletown, N.J., and Edgewater, N.J., are the first two stores kicking off the program. A third store, located in Lawnside, N.J., will follow shortly.

Customers will be able to place an order at any time through www.pathmark.com, and pick up their order between 10:00 a.m. through 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The fee for on-line shopping is $10.00 per order. All items available in the store can be ordered on-line, with the exception of prescription drugs. Manufacturers coupons can be used via on-line shopping and the Pathmark Advantage Club loyalty offerings will also apply.

“This offering gives the customer who is constrained by time another option to traditional supermarket shopping, enabling them to devote the time savings to another aspect of their lives,” said Grant McLoughlin, Pathmark senior VP of advertising.

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Amazon, Drugstore.com Part Company

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Seattle, It’s a classic case of “He said, she said.” Or, in this instance, “They said, they said.”

On-line retail pioneers Amazon.com and Drugstore.com, partners since 2000, have split. Drugstore.com has been paying to have its products carried prominently on Amazon’s site.

While Seattle-based Amazon implied it had initiated the breakup—by being the first to send out an announcement in the form of a press release—Drugstore.com CEO Dawn Lepore was quick to leap, telling investors on the company’s quarterly conference call yesterday afternoon that she was the one who made the phone call to Amazon to terminate the agreement.

Both had their reasons to part company. According to Amazon, which owns a 14% stake in Bellevue, Wash.-based Drugstore.com, its newly built relationships with major health-and-beauty brands such as Proctor & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson made its deal with Drugstore.com unnecessary. Drugstore.com, on the hand, said that the partnership represented a small and shrinking part of its business.

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Federated Names Two Board Members

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Cincinnati, Joyce Roche and William Stiritz have been elected to the Federated Dept. Stores’ board of directors.

Roche is president and CEO of Girls, Inc., and Stiritz is the retired chairman and CEO of Ralston Purina Co. Both were directors of The May Dept. Stores Co. at the time of May’s merger with Federated.

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