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Report: Barnes & Noble plans 300 new college stores

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Barnes & Noble Inc. reportedly plans to open about 300 new stores on college and university campuses in the next five years. According to Reuters, Barnes & Noble wants to expand its college bookstore footprint from the current 696 locations to 1,000.

A Barnes & Noble executive was quoted as saying the retailer plans to offer colleges nicer, higher-grossing stores that can generate revenue from the growing textbook rental market. Barnes & Noble also plans to offer apparel and cafes in its new college stores, as well as Clinique cosmetics counters in select locations.

The retailer also plans to bring its count of 30,000-sq.-ft. academic superstores from 35 to 75, and take existing accounts from vertical leader Follet Corp., which operates about 940 college bookstores.

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A whole new breed of models at Cole Haan

BY CSA STAFF

Cole Haan has launched its Dog Days of Summer campaign in partnership with The Good Dog Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes the use of animal-assisted therapy using its certified therapy dog teams.

The brand enlisted a few canine friends from the foundation to star in the campaign. From Coco, a Yorkshire Terrier perched upon an upside down top hat, to Emma and Finn, two Mini Whoodles outfitted in white and blue polka dot bows, the dogs are shown alongside select pieces from Cole Haan’s men’s pre-fall collection.

"We at Good Dog, the leader in certified animal-assisted therapy, are thrilled to partner with Cole Haan, the leader in shoes, bags, and finishing touches for people who want to make a difference," said Rachel McPherson, founder and executive director of The Good Dog Foundation. "We applaud Cole Haan’s support of the life-changing work of certified Good Dog teams as they provide therapy services for people in need."

The campaign will feature Cole Haan styles including the LunarGrand Perforated Plain Toe ($248), LunarGrand Chukka ($248), Jasper Mesh Ox ($148), Grant Canoe Penny ($148) and LunarGrand Plain Toe in Black Patent ($228).

The campaign has debuted online at ColeHaan.com and on Cole Haan’s social platforms. Product displayed in the campaign is available at Colehaan.com and Cole Haan stores.

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Ebates.com expands mobile offering

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Ebates.com, a pioneer in online cash-back shopping, has once again expanded its mobile offerings. The new free iPad shopping app offers access to cash back, online coupons and free shipping from participating stores.

The app is available for download at the App Store.

Built with a native tablet design that the company touts as easy to navigate, the app features powerful product and deal search capability, daily double cash back offerings, each user’s personal Favorite Stores and simple find-and-paste couponing.

“We are delighted to give our members and iPad users worldwide a terrific new way to save money on everything they buy from their device,” said CEO Kevin H. Johnson. “This app is the result of our team building a unique and user friendly custom experience for shoppers using an iPad. Our app’s native tablet design offers the easiest and most enjoyable way for everyone to access cash back and great deals at their favorite stores.”

Ebates.com rewards consumers with cash back on purchases while also providing access to thousands of coupons, discounts, promotions and special deals, including free shipping, at more than 1,600 retailers. Free membership allows consumers to shop online while earning a percentage of every purchase they make, paid quarterly in the form of a "Big Fat Check" or through PayPal.

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