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Saks Off 5th hires former Barneys exec for VP post

BY Staff Writer

New York City — A Tuesday report by Women’s Wear Daily said that the outlet division of Saks has named a former Barneys executive as its new VP.

Saks Off 5th has named Peter Rizzo, former Barneys executive VP, as its new senior VP and creative director for merchandising.

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Report: Wal-Mart reopens 13 stores in China after food safety case

BY Katherine Boccaccio

BeijingThe Xinhua News Agency in Beijing, China, said that Wal-Mart Stores has reopened 13 stores in Chongqing after being forced by authorities to close the stores for 15 days over the mislabeling of regular pork as organic.

Chongqing authorities had also arrested two employees and fined the company $421,000 on charges of passing off regular pork as higher-priced organic meat earlier in October.

During the two-week closure, Wal-Mart set up supervisory teams at the stores to improve management and product labeling while local authorities conducted twice-daily inspections, Xinhua reported.

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Stop & Shop expands Scan It! mobile app

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Quincy, Mass. — The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. said Tuesday it has expanded the availability of Scan It! Mobile – a grocery app that allows customers to use their personal mobile device to scan, tally and bag their groceries while they shop.

First introduced last June for iPhone 3GS and 4G in three stores, Scan It! Mobile is now also available for many Android devices which will double the reach of customers. In addition, the pilot will expand to an additional 42 Stop & Shop stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

A natural transition from the in-store handheld Scan It! device currently in use across 350 Stop & Shop stores, Scan It! Mobile provides shoppers with the industry’s first fully integrated in-store mobile experience where they can scan, tally and bag their groceries. Scan It! Mobile also provides personalized, relevant and specific offers to shoppers based on their location in-store and purchase history. Customers can anticipate potential savings of $250-$500 each year, based upon receiving eight-10 targeted coupons per shopping trip.

"We are excited to introduce our in-store mobile shopping experience to more Stop & Shop stores and Android customers, given the positive feedback we’ve received from customers that have used Scan It! Mobile and enjoy the ability to shop and scan with their smartphone," said Mark McGowan, president, Stop & Shop New England Division.

Stop & Shop first announced the Scan It! Mobile pilot in three Massachusetts Stop & Shop stores in Quincy, Braintree and Plymouth. With this recent expansion, the app is currently available in an additional 19 stores and is being rolled out to another 23 stores in the coming weeks. By the end of 2011, at least 45 Stop & Shop supermarkets will be fully operational with Scan It! Mobile.

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