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Republic launches mobile optimized website powered by Venda

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Austin, Texas — Digby announced Tuesday that U.K. apparel retailer Republic has launched a mobile optimized website through Venda’s advanced mobile platform powered by Digby.

Through the platform, Republic is introducing mobile as a strategic channel that complements its e-commerce site and more than 110 retail stores across the United Kingdom. The mobile shopping experience will allow customers to search, browse and buy products in as little as 60 seconds from mobile devices such as iPhone/iPod Touch, BlackBerry and Android.

Key features of the mobile optimized site include: shop by category, large, rich product images with multiple views, detailed item descriptions, ratings and reviews, share through Facebook, Twitter and email, “find in store,” a size guide, an ever-present search bar, special offers and a store locator.

“It is clear that mobile is quickly becoming one of the most proven and relevant ways for consumers to have access to our products anytime, anywhere,” said Jo Molineux, head of multichannel at Republic. “A mobile optimized website that enables our valuable customers to research products, find Republic locations and purchase items whether they are out and about, at home or in one of our stores will strategically enhance our multi-channel strategy.”

The mobile commerce solution, known as the Venda Advanced Mobile Platform, is a feature-rich mobile portfolio powered by Digby, which is integrated with the Venda Enterprise e-commerce platform.

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Safeway inks new $1.5 billion revolving credit agreement

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Pleasanton, Calif. — Safeway said Tuesday it has signed a new $1.5 billion revolving credit agreement that replaces a $1.6 billion facility.

The new agreement is for four years, while the one it is replacing was set to mature on June 1, 2012.

Safeway said that its Canadian subsidiary can borrow up to $250 million from the new facility, which will be used for general corporate purposes.

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Phillips-Van Heusen expands distribution with Ram Pacific licensing deal

BY CSA STAFF

NEW YORK — Phillips-Van Heusen announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Ram Pacific under which Ram Pacific will market and distribute apparel and accessories under PVH’s IZOD brand in Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The initial term of the license agreement runs through December 2015 and provides for a renewal at PVH’s option.

The new IZOD line will include men’s, boys’, women’s and girls’ apparel and accessories. The first IZOD shop-in-shop opened at the Takashimaya department store on Orchard Road in Singapore in April.

“We continue to look to grow our IZOD brand on a global level and see great opportunities in the Southeast Asia market,” said Allen Sirkin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Phillips-Van Heusen. “Ram Pacific has extensive knowledge and experience in this region and we look forward to partnering with them to develop and grow the IZOD brand in an effective manner, while maintaining the brand heritage.”

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