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Target’s gift cards makes for interesting viewing

BY Staff Writer

New York City — Target Corp. is in a class by itself when it comes to gift cards, offering a broad selection to suit all ages. In fact, the cards are so unusual that the retailer patents them, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Journal.

Click here to read the full story and see a slide show of some of Target’s most unusual gift cards.

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OfficeMax CMO departs

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Naperville, Ill. — OfficeMax said Friday that its executive VP and chief merchandising office Ryan Vero has resigned, effective Dec. 2.

Michael Lewis, executive VP and president of retail, will continue to provide oversight to the marketing and merchandising teams, according to OfficeMax.

OfficeMax said it is initiating a search for a chief merchandising officer immediately.

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Simon files lawsuit against State of Indiana

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Indianapolis — Shopping mall owner Simon Property Group said Friday it has filed a complaint against the State of Indiana in Marion County Circuit Court.

The suit is not for monetary damages but is a move to try and force the state to make Amazon.com collect sales tax in order to erase Amazon’s pricing advantage over brick-and-mortar retailers.

Until recently, Indiana has declined to press the issue with Amazon. Simon’s lawsuit, filed against the Indiana Department of Revenue, asks that the agency be ordered to "issue an assessment on Amazon for unpaid gross retail taxes and use taxes and all applicable interests and penalties."

According to a statement by Simon, its action is being filed to “benefit all of Indiana’s taxpayers and the state’s brick-and-mortar retailers,” many of which are SPG’s tenants at its 27 shopping centers in Indiana.

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