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Saks launches AT&T Wi-Fi at all stores

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Saks Inc. said Monday it has launched AT&T Wi-Fi at all 44 retail locations nationwide.

The AT&T Wi-Fi network connects shoppers with mobile tools such as the new Saks Fifth Avenue app, which offers features such as shareable wish lists, fashion look books, event calendars and more. AT&T customers with select Wi-Fi enabled devices will auto-authenticate to the in-store Wi-Fi service, so frequent shoppers will be automatically connected to Saks Fifth Avenue’s Wi-Fi each time they re-visit the store.

Saks Fifth Avenue first launched AT&T Wi-Fi at its flagship store in New York City in November 2011, and has expanded availability to more stores on an ongoing basis. Since the initial launch, Wi-Fi users have made more than five million connections to the in-store network.

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CVS Caremark names executive VP/general counsel

BY Staff Writer

Woonsocket, R.I. — CVS Caremark said Monday it has named Thomas M. Moriarty as executive VP and general counsel for the company.

Moriarty most recently served as general counsel at the Celgene Corp., a biopharmaceutical company.

Moriarty succeeds Douglas Sgarro who retired in May after more than 14 years with the company.

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Fred’s launches no fee layaway program for holiday gift purchases

BY CSA STAFF

MEMPHIS — Fred’s on Friday launched a holiday layaway plan featuring no fees and a down payment of only $1.

"Fred’s realizes that the current economy presents difficult challenges to its customers and Fred’s wants to offer as much assistance as it can," Fred’s SVP sales and marketing Dave Mueller said. "That’s why we came up with a layaway plan that — with just one dollar down and absolutely no fees — is unlike any others and will stretch shoppers’ dollars during a time when it will be most welcome."

Mueller stressed that the no fees feature includes a no cancellation fee element, believed to be a first in the retail industry.

The layaway plan also offers a $5 gift card to customers for every layaway purchase totaling $50 or more.

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