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Report: Target to pay $22.5 million in California waste case

BY CSA STAFF

Oakland, Calif. — A report Friday by the Los Angeles Times said that Target Corp. will pay the state of California $22.5 million to settle claims that the retailer improperly disposed of waste.

According to the report, Target allegedly violated California’s hazardous waste laws by improperly disposing of pesticides, bleach and other potentially toxic items by pouring it down drains and throwing it into trash bins. A tentative agreement with the state’s attorney general calls for the company to train employees on proper waste disposal methods and hire a compliance auditor, in addition paying the monetary settlement.

As part of the deal, Target does not acknowledge any wrongdoing.

An Alameda County judge is scheduled to review the agreement on March 2.

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Crate and Barrel and Marimekko plan shop-in-shop, e-commerce rollout

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New York City — Crate and Barrel, along with Finnish textile and design company Marimekko, said Friday they are extending their longtime collaboration to roll out more than 20 shop-in-shops in Crate and Barrel stores across the United States and Canada over the next three years.

The launch kicks off this spring with four new shop-in-shop locations: New York (Madison Avenue), Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In addition, a Marimekko e-commerce ‘shop’ will be added to the Crate and Barrel website later this season, according to both companies.

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JCP helps customers ‘findmore’ with enhanced in-store technology

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PLANO, Texas — JCPenney announced that it has rolled out its findmore smart fixture to over 120 select stores across the country. Additionally, in conjunction with the launch of its Modern Bride concept, the company will begin rolling out a findmore experience using iPad to 50 fine jewelry departments.

"We’ve always seen the value of integrating the online and in-store shopping experience offering customers the opportunity to have access to a greater merchandise selection by offering access to online purchases in the stores," said Tom Nealon, group executive vice president of JCPenney. "Offering an in-store digital experience that drives additional sales is a true differentiator for JCPenney, and continues to build on our leadership in the digital space as we merge our online and in-store shopping experiences."

Findmore is an in-store kiosk that connects users to jcp.com and provides a unique interactive experience, the company reported. Using the kiosk customers can check availability of merchandise in-store or nearby stores, e-mail information about products to themselves or a friend and see 360 degree views of products, among other capabilities.

JCPenney said it is also bringing its findmore strategy to the fine jewelry department with a smaller, hand held concept using the iPad. Fine jewelry associates will be able to use iPad to showcase JCPenney’s full offering of bridal fine jewelry collections for customers – highlighting a variety of styles, cuts, sizes and metal options – all available under the company’s new Modern Bride concept.

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