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Sears Canada launches online points redemption feature

BY Marianne Wilson

Toronto — Sears Financial has launched an online points redemption system for its five million plus card members, making it one of the first major retail loyalty programs in Canada to do so.

Under the program, Sears customers who purchase their products on a Sears Financial credit card earn Sears Club Points that can be redeemed instantly at Sears stores. The new feature allows Sears Financial credit card members to redeem their Sears Club Points online at sears.ca, towards thousands of products across 50 categories, ranging from women’s fashions and cosmetics to appliances and furniture and much more.

To take advantage of the new easy-to-use service, card members must go through the standard checkout process on sears.ca and select a Sears Financial credit card as the form of payment. For every 1,000 Sears Club Points redeemed, the card member will receive $10 off their purchase.

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Bon-Ton to open Herberger’s in Pocatello, Idaho

BY Staff Writer

York, Pa. — The Bon-Ton Stores has signed a lease with General Growth Properties to open a Herberger’s in Pine Ridge Mall, Pocatello, Idaho.

Remodeling is expected to begin in April 2012 and be completed by the end of October 2012.

The Pine Ridge location will be the first store in Idaho for the company.

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George brings bridal-inspired lingerie to the masses

BY CSA STAFF

LONDON — Walmart’s U.K. subsidiary Asda is making it easier for brides to feel special on their wedding day by launching a new bridal lingerie line at its George stores.

The retailer has a launched a four-piece "bridal inspired" collection that ranges from 11.50 to 16 GPB. According to Asda this is 1,639% cheaper than the most expensive alternative.

George brand director, Fiona Lambert said: "Brides-to-be want to look and feel their best on the big day, but don’t always want to spend a fortune and add to the cost of the wedding. We wanted to show that you can design a beautiful set of underwear in a luxurious fabric at a great price with our new bridal-inspired lingerie. Plus, the savings made by purchasing a lingerie set by George could buy an extra night on honeymoon."

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