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Target’s Steinhafel elected chairman of RILA board of directors

BY Staff Writer

Naples, Fla. — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced the election of Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president CEO of Target Corp., as chairman of its board of directors.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as chairman of this exceptional group of industry leaders,” said Steinhafel. “Along with the rest of the Board of Directors, I value RILA and its efforts to champion issues that affect our industry, our workforce and our customers.”

Steinhafel, who previously served as the Board’s vice chairman, succeeds Bill Rhodes, chairman, president CEO, AutoZone, who has served as chairman since 2010. Rhodes will remain a member of the Board’s Executive Committee, serving as immediate past chair.

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More details on Home Depot, PayPal deal

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New York City — John Donahoe, president and CEO of eBay, during a Jan. 18 earnings call expanded on the test of PayPal with retailer Home Depot.

A division of eBay, PayPal is experimenting with extending its on-line payment system to point-of-sale retail locations. In the fourth quarter of 2011, it chose Home Depot as its first national retailer for a limited test at five stores. PayPal plans to widen the pilot to 51 stores in the Bay Area by the end of the month, Donahoe said.

Donahoe explained to investors how the payment process worked by relating his own experience.

“I went down to Home Depot in San Jose this morning. I left my wallet and my cell phone in my car. I walked into the Home Depot — and it was one of the five where we’ve got this pilot going. I picked up a hammer and picked up a tape measure, which I have right in front of me, walked into the checkout lane without my wallet, without my mobile phone. On the terminal, I pressed Pay with PayPal. I put in my mobile phone number and a PIN, and, boom, I was done.

"The receipt emailed to my email account, texted to my mobile phone, and I walked out. So it was a beautiful experience."

Donahoe went on to explain that PayPal is being built into the existing hardware at Home Depot. “It’s as fast or faster than swiping your card [and it] doesn’t require you to have your wallet or phone with you.” The company is developing a PayPal card those who consumers who prefer it, he added.

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Hy-Vee launches mobile app

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West Des Moines, Iowa — Hy-Vee has launched a mobile app for customers to make shopping easier, faster and more social.

The smartphone app offers a number of interactive features to help customers with meal planning and preparation, gain access to store and pharmacy information and more.

"We decided to jump into the social media conversation and make our stores easier to navigate by developing an app that helps you find the foods you’re looking for faster, and even tweet about what’s missing on our shelves," said Ruth Comer, assistant VP of media relations for Hy-Vee. “This app gives us another way to communicate with customers, and fulfill our mission of making lives easier, healthier and happier."

The free app, available for the leading smartphone platforms, is built on the AT&A Mobile Enterprise Applications Platform utilizing Taqtile Mobility’s Shingle solution for retail.

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C.Floz says:
Nov-30-2012 11:05 am

Hy-Vee is using smartphone to
Hy-Vee is using smartphone to its advantage. Almost everybody is using smart phones and what better way to communicate your special offers than through smartphone apps. Clever. - Markus Lattner

C.Floz says:
Nov-30-2012 11:05 am

Hy-Vee is using smartphone to its advantage. Almost everybody is using smart phones and what better way to communicate your special offers than through smartphone apps. Clever. - Markus Lattner

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