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SMI expands with new senior ops manager

BY Staff Writer

East Moriches, N.Y. — Solutions Management, a leading national retail and corporate maintenance company, announced the appointment of Michael DiTaranto as its new senior operations manager.

SMI president, Scott Crennan said: “Michael’s wealth of experience and diverse background has already made him a key addition to the SMI family. Our continuous growth and increase in demand from our customers led us to look for an addition to our team who would fit well with SMI’s philosophy. We are very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Michael’s caliber, and we are confident that he will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality solutions for our clients.”

As senior operations manager, DiTaranto will oversee continuous Total Quality Management (TQM) efforts, systems development, budgeting and metric controls, risk management, the introduction and implementation of best practices, and technological improvements throughout all platforms of operations.

DiTaranto said: “I am excited to join SMI and look forward to working with such a dynamic team. I am fortunate to work for a respected company that prides itself in top quality service.”

SMI successfully partners with retailers and corporations to provide quality, reliable maintenance services on a national scale. SMI offers a suite of high quality maintenance and recovery solutions. The maintenance services include floor care, window cleaning, high dusting, power washing and janitorial services. Their recovery services include emergency services, mold testing and remediation, flood restoration and fire restoration.

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Wal-Mart ups holiday hiring 10%, with plans to hire 55,000 temporary workers

BY Dan Berthiaume

Bentonville, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. plans to hire 55,000 seasonal associates for the 2013 holiday season, up from 50,000 last year. In addition, the retailer intends to transition more than 35,000 associates from temporary to part-time and another 35,000 associates from part-time to full-time.

“Our associates have always been the key to Walmart’s success, and that’s especially true during the holidays,” said Gisel Ruiz, executive VP, CEO, Wal-Mart U.S. We know our associates are going to deliver for our customers, so we are going to deliver for our associates. In addition to the traditional hiring of seasonal help, we are expanding opportunities for the people that already work for us.

Chief Wal-Mart rival Target Corp. reportedly plans to hire 70,000 seasonal workers for the upcoming holiday season, about 20% less than the 88,000 seasonal workers it hired for last year’s holiday season.

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Piracy, discoverability challenge app developers

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Francisco — Piracy and discoverability are the top issues facing app developers today, with 26% of app developers reporting their apps have been pirated. A survey of more than 250 app developers App Developers Conference (ADC) also shows that a similar 26% found that their apps had been hacked, or obtained without proper payment.

Other statistics include that a majority of app developers say discoverability issues, including an overcrowded app market and an excess of low-quality apps, make it hard to get consumers to find an app. In addition, 21% of app developers create brand marketing apps.

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