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Survey finds 27% of adults will use a smartphone or tablet for holiday shopping

BY Marianne Wilson

Whiting, Ind. — More than one-quarter (27%) of U.S. adults will use their smartphone or tablet for their holiday shopping this year, according to new survey by CouponCabin.com. In addition, 83% of those who will use their smartphone for holiday shopping this year report they will be doing so because of the convenience.

The survey was conducted online nationwide by Harris Interactive on behalf of CouponCabin.com from Sept. 26 – Sept. 28, 2012 among 2,523 U.S. adults aged 18 and older.

The majority of smartphone users who plan to use their devices for shopping this year will use them for research. Seventy percent said they will use their smartphone to do research ahead of their shopping trips, while 59% will use it to do research in-store. When asked what else they will use their smartphone for this shopping season, U.S. adults said the following:

  • Make a purchase: 58%
  • Redeem coupons: 53%
  • Search for coupons: 48%
  • Other: 5%

In addition to using mobile devices to keep their shopping on track and find coupons, shoppers are interested in taking their traditional coupons and loyalty cards into the digital age. In fact, 67% said they would be at least somewhat likely to use a barcode-scanning app to scan coupons and save for later use, with 12% being very likely. Sixty-nine percent would be at least somewhat likely to download an app on their smartphone, which allowed them to keep multiple store loyalty cards in their smartphone instead of loose in a wallet or purse.

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Jones Group appoints COO

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New York — The Jones Group Inc. announced the promotion of Cynthia DiPietrantonio to COO, effective immediately.

In this expanded role, DiPietrantonio will oversee production in The Jones Group’s overseas facilities, including its production offices in China and Hong Kong, in addition to her current responsibilities overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company. DiPietrantonio, the senior-most operations executive, has been with The Jones Group in several capacities over the past 30 years.

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Newsweek ranks 15 greenest retailers in America

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Office Depot has been recognized in Newsweek magazine’s annual Green Rankings as the number one greenest large retailer in the United States for the third consecutive year. Across all industry sectors, Office Depot was ranked as America’s ninth greenest large company.

Here is Newsweek’s ranking of the 15 greenest U.S. retailers:

  1. Office Depot
  2. Staples
  3. Best Buy
  4. The Home Depot
  5. Wal-Mart Stores
  6. Kohl’s
  7. Target
  8. J.C. Penney
  9. Sears Holdings
  10. Whole Foods Market
  11. Lowe/s Cos.
  12. Kroger Co.
  13. Costco Wholesale
  14. Safeway
  15. Supervalu

To produce the 2012 Green Rankings, Newsweek collaborated with two leading environmental research providers, Trucost and Sustainalytics, to assess each company’s environmental footprint, management of that footprint, and transparency. The Green Rankings focus on the largest publicly traded companies in America and worldwide. Each list consists of the largest 500 companies by revenue (most recent fiscal year), market capitalization, and number of employees, as of April 30, 2012. A number of the largest U.S.–based companies appear on both lists.

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