Target to invest $5 million in cybersecurity education
Minneapolis — Target Corp. will invest $5 million in a multi-year campaign to educate consumers about cybersecurity and the dangers of phishing scams.
“Target has a longstanding history of commitment to our communities, and cybersecurity is one of the most pressing issues facing consumers today,” said Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and CEO, Target, in an open letter published in newspapers across the country. “We are proud to be working with three trusted organizations — the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance (NCFTA), National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Better Business Bureau, Inc. (BBB) — to advance public education around cybersecurity."
The group will convene for the first time this week in Washington, D.C., and more details will be shared following that meeting, Target said.
UGG stores deploy Verifone’s mobile hardware and software
New York — VeriFone Systems said that Deckers Outdoor Corporation has implemented VeriFone mobile retailing hardware and software to fulfill its omni-channel initiative at 40 UGG Australia store locations. The solution enables store associates to accept payments from the sales floor and sell out of stock products available online through its integration with an e-commerce platform from Demandware.
The VeriFone GlobalBay Retailing solution is providing Deckers with the ability to bring the power of omni-channel to the aisle, enabling sales associates to better engage consumers, fulfill their requirements and complete transactions with full end to end credit card security. The solution’s seamless integration with the Demandware ecommerce platform enables store associates to also sell out of stock products in the aisle that are available on the store’s website.
“We are not a technology company, but we need to utilize technology to enhance the customer’s engagement with the UGG brand. Our implementation of GlobalBay, which we call Infinite UGG, enables our associates to have a deeper, more meaningful interaction with customers while fulfilling their demands for products—anywhere, anytime—in a seamless, secure and elegant manner,” said Gerard Marceda, VP of North America Retail for Deckers. “Customers are delighted, and that’s our ultimate goal.”
The VeriFone solution delivers an omni-channel experience that is PCI compliant and satisfies consumer demands to keep credit card information safe from theft. The solution includes the PAYware Mobile secure payment sled, which enables payment acceptance through the iPad mini, and VeriShield Protect for end-to-end encryption. It is configurable by Deckers and offers deployment speed and flexibility.
In addition to enhanced sales capabilities and customer experience, the VeriFone GlobalBay solution also provides Deckers with a channel it can use to remotely provide employees with training videos and other types of informational content in real time.
Gerald Storch, former Toys ‘R’ Us chief, named chairman of Supervalu
Minneapolis — Supervalu Inc. said that it has named Gerald Storch, who served as CEO of Toys “R” Us from 2006 to 2013, as board chairman.
The supermarket company said Storch will replace Robert Miller, who is resigning as chairman in March to focus on “other demands.” Miller, then president and CEO of Albertsons, was named chairman last March after Supervalu completed the sale of five of its grocery chains.
Storch is chairman and CEO of consulting firm Storch Advisors, which focuses on retail, consumer products and services.