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Tower Records Unveils Digital Download Store

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Sacramento, Tower Records has unveiled its newest on-line project, Tower Records Digital, a music-download store at Tower.com/digital, in an effort to maintain the retailer’s digital media strategy. Individual music downloads are $0.99 each and full albums begin at $9.99 each. The digital music store also complements Tower Record’s traditional retail stores, e-commerce, podcasting and TouchView in-store kiosk presence.

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Small Businesses Take Action to Protect Customers’ Financial Data

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New Castle, N.H., Data-security concerns are penetrating small businesses with more than 64% taking action within the last 12 months to better protect customer financial information, according to a new survey from Visa USA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Although many businesses are taking action, about 63% say they rarely, if at all, worry about securing customer data.

To help small businesses understand how to protect their customers’ sensitive card data and reduce fraud, Visa USA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce begin a nationwide town hall tour Monday in Portsmouth, N.H. The 12-city tour titled, “Securing Our Businesses, Protecting Our Customers,” marks the second year that Visa and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have teamed with local Chambers of Commerce to educate small businesses about new fraud threats and how to protect themselves.

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Retailers Explore Going Green

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New York City, U.S. consumers are slowly becoming “greener,” though the motivation may be more about saving money and less about concern for the environment, according to a report by Reuters. The report said that consumers are willing to pay a premium for items such as energy-efficient washing machines and might also spend more for toys made with corn-based biodegradable plastic.

Reuters explained that Whirlpool Corp. is using energy efficiency to help promote its Duet washers and dryers. A set costs about $2,000, which may put it out of the price range of many consumers, but by focusing on energy efficiency and the attendant cost savings that go with it, Whirlpool and its retailers have attracted lower-income buyers.

Reuters also said that some executives think customers may be willing to spend more on environmentally friendly products for other reasons. “Customers are willing to pay a little bit more if it’s going to help the environment,” Isaac Larian, CEO of MGA Entertainment, maker of Bratz dolls and other toys, told Reuters. He also noted that Wal-Mart’s push for manufacturers to use corn-based plastic “looks promising.” The report said that while biodegradable plastics are more expensive now, they may become more cost-effective as oil prices rise.

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