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Schulze back at Best Buy

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MINNEAPOLIS— Best Buy founder, Richard Schulze, is returning to Best Buy as its chairman Emeritus. In addition, Schulze has nominated Brad Anderson and Al Lenzmeier to serve on the Best Buy Board of Directors, pursuant to a previously disclosed agreement between the company and Schulze.

Schulze had resigned from the company last June over the scandal involving from CEO Brian Dunn. He then made several failed attempts to take Best Buy private.

Schulze expressed support for Best Buy’s current chief, Hubert Joly.

“Over the past several months, I have come to know and respect Hubert, and have a high regard for the work he and his executive team are doing to revitalize Best Buy for the benefit of all stakeholders,” said Schulze. “My dedication to the company that I founded and love is unwavering and, together with Hubert and the Board, I determined that the best way to support Best Buy would be to return in support of the initiatives underway.”

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Walgreens opens flagship in Empire State Building

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DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens opened its latest New York flagship store in the Empire State Building on March 23.

The store includes an enhanced pharmacy designed to encourage greater interaction between pharmacists and patients, a health guide to help customers find health-and-wellness products and healthcare services ranging from immunizations to health tests. An "Ask Your Pharmacist" desk, private consultation rooms and Express Rx kiosks are included as well.

"We are extremely pleased to provide another revolutionary store that demonstrates how Walgreens is transforming daily living, pharmacy and healthcare experiences nationwide," Walgreens president of operations and community management Mark Wagner said. "Walgreens innovative products and services support our commitment to help our customers get, stay and live well."

The LOOK Boutique beauty department will feature an Eyebrow Bar with shaping and grooming services, as well as dozens of brands across cosmetics, skin care and hair care, including some not typically found in drug stores, as well as beauty advisers.

For consumables, an Upmarket Cafe will have fresh coffee, pastries, doughnuts and bagels, and the store will include self-serve frozen yogurt with a toppings bar, a Coca-Cola Freestye machine that dispenses 130 varieties of Coca-Cola fountain drinks, a variety of beers — including locally brewed brands — and fresh foods such as wraps, sandwiches and salads.

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Coupons.com launches meal-planning app

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Digital coupon site, Coupons.com, has announced the public beta launch of KitchMe, a next-generation meal planning and savings web application. Free to use, the application is available at www.kitchme.com and can be used with desktop and mobile browsers. Coupons.com also announced the acquisition of KitchMe, the San Francisco-based startup that designed the application. Both co-founders of KitchMe, Stella Kleiman and Gene Reddick, have joined the Coupons.com team.

“We were immediately impressed with both the KitchMe product and the company,” said Steven Boal, CEO of Coupons.com Incorporated. “KitchMe is unlike anything else we’ve seen, combining best-in-class meal planning, recipe discovery, shopping list creation and couponing capabilities in a single application. Not only did we acquire a great product but a talented team as well.”

KitchMe features include:

  • Drag-and-Drop Meal Planning. Recipes (or entire meals) can be dragged to the calendar to map out meals for the day, the week or longer and the ingredients are automatically added to the shopping list. KitchMe saves a timeline of meals to speed meal planning in the future. The application also can automatically create weekly plans, pairing entrees, sides and savings.

  • Curated Recipes. KitchMe includes thousands of recipes that have been handpicked for quality and ease of preparation. KitchMe focuses on recipes with a rating of 4.5 stars or higher and that can be prepared in 45 minutes or less. Users can save their favorite recipes as well as share their activities via Facebook and Pinterest.

  • Integrated Savings. KitchMe seamlessly integrates savings by showing which ingredients are on sale at the user’s favorite supermarkets and which have digital coupons available. Circular savings information is included for over 200 grocery stores, covering every zip code in the country. KitchMe includes printable coupons from Coupons.com, offering hundreds of dollars in savings every day.

  • Print-and-Go Meal Plans and Shopping Lists. With the click of a button, KitchMe lets users print meal plans and shopping lists. The detailed shopping list includes ingredients and quantity, organized by store aisles to speed shopping. The shopping list capability is powered by the same technology used in Coupons.com’s Grocery iQ, a leading shopping-list mobile app for iOS and Android operating systems.

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