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Veteran retailer Allen Questrom joins Men’s Wearhouse board

BY Dan Berthiaume

Fremont, Calif. — Allen I. Questrom, who has held CEO and other senior executive positions at several major retailers in the past 40 years, has joined the board of directors of The Men’s Wearhouse. With the addition of Questrom, currently a member of the boards of directors of Sotheby’s and the Glazer family of companies, Men’s Wearhouse has nine directors, seven of whom are independent.

“I’m pleased to welcome Allen to the board,” said Doug Ewert, Men’s Wearhouse president and CEO. “He brings extensive experience in our industry, highlighted by his service as the CEO of several large publicly traded retailers. Allen’s expertise in customer service, merchandising, marketing and finance, will be a great benefit for all of our stakeholders."

Questrom was chairman and CEO of Neiman Marcus, Inc. from 1988 to 1990. He was at Federated Department Stores, Inc. (now Macy’s) as chairman and CEO from February 1990 to May 1997. From May 1999 to January 2001, he served as chairman of the board of Barneys New York, Inc. and from May 1999 and until September 2000, as CEO and president. From 2000 to December 2004, he was chairman and CEO of J.C. Penney Company. He has also previously served as a member of the boards of directors of Footlocker, Inc. and Wal Mart Stores, Inc. and was non-executive chairman of Deb Shops, Inc.

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Shanghai retailer pilots mobile rewards solution

BY Dan Berthiaume

Boston — Japanese retailer Yummie House is piloting a new mobile rewards solution at 10 stores in Shanghai, China. Yummie House is using a joint application from Appconomy and ByteLight that combines the cloud-based Appconomy Platform mobile marketing platform solution with ByteLight light field communication (LFC) technology.

LFC readers transmit a signal via short-range light which is picked up by a shopper’s camera-equipped mobile device by touching or bringing within close proximity. LFC readers allow customers to avoid having to unlock phones, launch check-in applications or search for the store they’re in by tapping the phone near the device. The readers plug into existing POS systems to securely verify customer location for mobile customer loyalty and redemption programs.

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David Weekley Homes honors Office Depot

BY Dan Berthiaume

Boca Raton, Fla. – Private home builder David Weekley Homes has presented Office Depot with its Partners of Choice Award. The award is presented to companies that receive the highest marks from approximately 600 David Weekley Homes employees from all levels of the organization.

“This honor is a testament to the relationships we foster with our customers while providing them with first-class products and services,” said Steve Calkins, senior VP of Office Depot’s Business Solutions Division. “We continuously strive to provide the best customer service to our partners, and we’re honored to receive this award from David Weekley Homes for the eighth year in a row.”

Office Depot, one of 16 winners of the award this year, has been providing office supplies and services to David Weekley Homes since 2002. This marks the eighth consecutive year Office Depot has received the award.

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