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Wal-Mart labor settlement calls for safety fixes at 2,857 stores

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Washington, D.C. — In a settlement agreement with the U.S. Labor Department, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has agreed to improve safety conditions for employees who use trash compactors and cleaning chemicals at 2,857 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in 28 states.

The retailer will also pay a $190,000 fine to fix hazards uncovered during an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection at a store in Rochester, N.Y.

The agreement covers those stores that follow federal OSHA standards; the remaining states, which operate their own OSHA inspection programs, could negotiate similar agreements.

Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove said the company immediately addressed the problems as soon as it was made aware of them. "We have long-standing policies and training requirements in our stores designed to ensure the safety of our associates," Hargrove said.

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Macy’s to offer Lids departments

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Macy’s has reached an agreement with Lids Sports Group to offer licensed departments called Locker Room by Lids that will sell Lids merchandise both in Macy’s stores and on the retailer’s website. Lids Sports Group will operate the departments, which will be the exclusive source of Macy’s in-store team sportswear.

Plans call for Locker Room by Lids departments to be piloted in approximately 25 Macy’s stores and on macys.com in fall 2013, and an additional 175 in-store departments rolling out in spring 2014 as part of the initial phase. Macy’s will be the exclusive U.S. department store with Locker Room by Lids locations.

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Cabela’s uses mobile payments in loyalty promotion

BY Dan Berthiaume

McLean, Va. – Cabela’s used mobile payment processing software from Sage Payment Solutions at seven recent Family Outdoor Days events for holders of its Cabela’s Club Visa card. Sage Mobile Payments was successfully deployed at the Dilliner, Pa., Berlin, Wis., Puyallup, Wash., and Billings, Mont. Family Outdoor Days on June 1, June 20, July 13 and July 27, respectively. The three remaining Family Outdoor Days events will occur in Prior Lake, Minn., on Aug. 10, Cedar Fort, Utah, on Aug. 24, and Kearney, Neb., on Sept. 28.

"Sage Mobile Payments allows us to quickly and easily accept payment for onsite registrations for our Family Outdoor Days," said Haley Steinkuhler, event coordinator for Cabela’s Club Visa. "The built-in functionality and intelligence of Sage Mobile Payments mean we can accept payments, email receipts, track cash, access reports and more."

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