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Tacoma Screw Products launches Web store

BY CSA STAFF

Tacoma, Wash.-based Tacoma Screw Products is turning to e-commerce to reach more customers with the launch of a new Web store.

TacomaScrew.com offers access to all of the company’s inventory, as well as free shipping and next-door delivery (in most cases) to any of the 16 branch store locations. The company says the site also offers the ability to see real-time inventory at all branch stores.

Orders are shipped on the same day, if the order is received by 4 p.m. PST.

“Since the launch of our new Web store, our visitor traffic has doubled,” said Mike Howard, marketing manager. “We are pleased that our customers report that our new Web store is both convenient and easy to use.”

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Kmart store robbed, sensitive electronic info compromised

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — An armed robber allegedly stole sensitive electronic information on pharmacy customers from a Kmart store in Little Rock, Ark., last month, the mass merchandise retailer said.

Kmart, owned by Sears Holdings, said an armed person entered the store at closing time and demanded all the money and other items stored in the locked safe. These included electronic media that backed up the pharmacy’s computer system and contained information related to prior customer prescriptions, including full names, addresses, dates of birth, prescription numbers, prescribers, insurance cardholder IDs and drug names, as well as some Social Security numbers.

The company said the incident was quickly reported to local law enforcement and submitted written notification to all affected customers last week, but none of the valuables have been recovered to date.

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Walmart exec among keynote speakers slated for Mobile Commerce World

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SAN FRANCISCO — Executives from Walmart, Facebook and Groupon are among the keynote speakers slated for the Mobile Commerce World three-day conference and expo in June.

Mobile Commerce World touts itself as the only event of its kind designed to help retail and enterprise executives create the most effective mobile commerce strategies. It will be held June 24-26, at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

The keynote lineup includes:

Wendy Bergh, VP, Walmart global e-commerce

Nicolas Franchet, head of retail and e-commerce, global vertical marketing, Facebook

Roger Andelin, president, CTO, Rakuten.com (formerly Buy.com)

Aki Iida, head of mobile, Zappos

Amit Shah, VP, online, mobile and social, 1-800-FLOWERS

Mihir Shah, VP/GM, merchant OS, Groupon

Representing retailers and speakers for Mobile Commerce World include:

Bryan Allison, COO, Vegas.com

Howard Blumenthal, Director, e-business platform solutions, Advance Auto Parts

John Faith, senior VP, external affairs, RetailMeNot

Sean Harper, director of product management, Groupon payments, Groupon

Jeff Klonowski, manager, digital retail/mobile, REI

Joe Lezon, CTO, Alex and Ani

Michael Menis, VP web and interactive marketing at InterContinental Hotels Group

Sarah Rose, VP product, Modcloth

David Sasson, president and CEO, OverstockArt

Peter Stringfellow, SAE, national sales, Yelp, Inc.

"We are pleased to present these keynoters and speakers who are at the forefront of the mobile commerce revolution at Mobile Commerce World," said Eliot Weinman, GM and conference chair. "Businesses worldwide are determining their mobile business strategy. Mobile Commerce World will be the only stage to learn from these industry heavyweights who will share what’s working and what’s not in this rapidly accelerating marketplace."

The three-day conference and expo will offer more than 50 in-depth educational programs, workshops, case studies, demonstrations and real-world technology implementations. In addition to more than 110 industry experts participating in the conference program, the event will host an expo with leading mobile commerce solution providers.

Delegates who attend the conference will learn about new business models, how to develop effective mobile website and mobile app development strategies, how to engage the new "mobile consumer" and which mobile commerce business and technology suppliers can help them to achieve their mobile commerce goals.

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