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Reports: Costco looks to develop e-commerce in China

BY Alaric Dearment

New York — Costco Wholesale appears to be eyeing China’s online commerce market, according to published reports.

The Southern Metropolis Daily, a newspaper based in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, reported Thursday that the Issaquah, Wash.-based club retailer was interested in entering the country’s e-commerce market and was in the process of looking for local partners.

The chain currently doesn’t operate stores in mainland China, but has nine locations in Taiwan. Walmart and French mass-merchandise chain Carrefour also have a long-standing presence in the mainland.

The newspaper reported that Costco was attracted by the growth of China’s e-commerce market, which in 2012 reached $193.4 billion, making it the world’s second largest after the United States.

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Dickies launches ‘Shop and Compare’ on Dickies.com

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Fort Worth, Texas — Work wear brand Dickies said Monday it has launched an online tool called Shop and Compare, which allows users to compare products side by side.

The new Shop and Compare app gives customers the ability to view up to three different pants or shirts side by side along with a detailed display of the price, fabric, fit, color, and description of each garment.

"We are pleased to launch an innovative work wear tool that allows workers to make product selections that will best meet their personal needs," said Matthew McCartin, head of marketing for Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co.

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Macy’s, J.C. Penney back to court over Martha Stewart dispute

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Macy’s and J.C. Penney are slated to be back in New York state court on Monday unless a last-minute settlement regarding Macy’s right – or not – to sell certain Martha Stewart products is reached.

The two retailers are coming out of a month-long mediation stint, but so far no settlement has been reached.

According to a Monday report by Reuters, witness are scheduled to be on the stand Monday and Tuesday, including J.C. Penney marketing executives.

"We’re all reconvening Monday morning," Jim Sluzewski, a spokesman for Macy’s, told Reuters. "The trial is scheduled to resume at ten o’clock."

Macy’s sued Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia last year after it signed an agreement to sell Martha Stewart-branded products at J.C. Penney. Macy’s claims the agreement breaches its contract to sell certain products exclusively at Macy’s. Macy’s also sued J.C. Penney over the deal, which includes plans to create Martha Stewart boutiques in J.C. Penney stores.

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