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Terry Lundgren and Bill Clinton honored as top dads

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — President Bill Clinton and Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren on Tuesday were honored as 2013 Fathers of the Year by the non-profit National Father’s Day Council.

The awards were given at the group’s annual 72nd annual Father luncheon in New York City, with proceeds from the event benefitting Save the Children’s U.S. programs.

The group cited Clinton’s philanthropy work through his William J. Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. Lundgren was honored for his “success in balancing accomplished careers and the demands of fatherhood.”

Major Jackson Drumgoole II of the U.S. Army was also honored as an outstanding.

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Changes to PetSmart board amid CEO transition

BY Marianne Wilson

PHOENIX — PetSmart’s board of directors has named Gregory P. Josefowicz its non-executive chairman. Josefowicz has served as a director since 2004 and as lead director since 2006.

Chairman and CEO Bob Moran will not stand for election as a director at the company’s 2013 annual stockholder meeting. As previously announced, David Lenhardt, current president and COO, will become the CEO of PetSmart at that time.

“David’s transition to the CEO role has been exceptionally smooth. As such, I think it is in the best interests of the company that I step aside and let David put his own stamp on PetSmart,” said Moran. “PetSmart is well-positioned and I am confident in the company’s future under David’s direction and leadership.”

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Survey: Young consumers use mobile retail apps

BY Dan Berthiaume

Portland, Maine – Consumers younger than 35 are nearly twice as likely to download a mobile app from a retailer or brand as those older than 50, according to data from a new survey conducted by CashStar and Digital Research. More than half of consumers who download retailer or brand mobile apps are use them at least once a week, most commonly for coupons, discounts and sales.

In addition, half of survey respondents have used or currently used a digital wallet and digital wallet users are more likely to use their smartphone or tablet to make purchases online with more frequency than non-digital wallet users.

Other results include that more than one-third of respondents have made an in-store purchase using a mobile phone, men use smartphones more than women but women are more likely to use iPhones, and the beauty sector is the retail sector with the most Apple Passbook ads. In addition:

  • Forty-nine percent of respondents have downloaded five or more retailer/brand apps from a mobile phone and 33% have done so from a tablet.
  • Forty-one percent of respondents who have downloaded one or more mobile apps use them weekly and 15% use them daily.
  • The most popular specific uses for mobile retail apps include coupons (63% of respondents), discounts (61%), sales (60%) and browsing inventory (55%).

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