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Ritz Camera Refits Its POS

BY CSA STAFF

Beltsville, Md., Ritz Camera selected Datavantage Xstore as its new point-of-sale system. With 1,100 Ritz Camera Centers and 110 Boater’s World Marine Centers, the chain will use the new Java-based POS in both store formats on a Linux operating system and a PostgreSQL open-source database.

“Our existing POS had served us well over the years, but it lacks the flexibility and functionality available in an open-source, Java-based platform such as Xstore,” said Bob O’Hern, VP of Information Systems for Ritz Camera Centers.

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Bermuda Shorts

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Capris are so last season—Bermuda shorts are the new must-have summer item. Women are trading in their capris and gauchos of seasons past for this season’s latest knee-length short. Retailers from the mass to mid-tier market are stocking them on shelves.

Wal-Mart sells the shorts in its No Boundaries, George ME, Faded Glory and marykateandashley brands in styles ranging from jean shorts to cotton twill. Price points range from $12.50 for a twill pair to nearly $17 for a marykateandashley pair with lace embellishment on the sides. Target has more than 138 styles and colors of Bermuda shorts, across its kids’, juniors’ and women’s departments.

JCPenney sells pintuck plaid Bermuda shorts in its St. John’s Bay brand for $26, and roll-cuff denim Bermuda shorts in its modern a.n.a. brand for $19.99. Kohl’s sells herringbone Bermudas in its Sonoma brand (pictured), as well as cut-off Bermudas in sweat pant material from Derek Heart in its juniors’ department.

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Germ Fighting

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Getting a home spotless isn’t enough anymore. For many consumers, homes have to be microscopically clean. Yet, such cleanliness has typically come at a price, and that price has been chemical disinfectants. Those are fine with some consumers, but to others, chemicals are as bad or worse than germs.

Some companies have seen the light, and that light is ultraviolet. Zadro is coming out with a line of ultraviolet devices designed so that consumers can go over a space and blast bacteria. It even comes in a portable model that can disinfect hotel phones and gym lockers. Others are building ultraviolet technology into their products. Halo Technologies has introduced the Halo UVX Ultraviolet Vacuum (pictured), the only vacuum on the market that uses ultraviolet light to safely and instantly kill dust mites, molds, bacteria, viruses, lice, fleas and other germs lurking in a home’s carpets. And, it does all of this without using chemicals that can harm children and pets. The retail price is $399.

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