Walmart and Redbox renew agreement
Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. — Redbox Automated Retail, a division of Coinstar, announced Tuesday it has renewed its agreement with Walmart to continue featuring Redbox kiosks at more than 3,700 Walmart locations nationwide.
The agreement extends the availability of Redbox kiosks and builds upon the companies’ more than five-year relationship, said Redbox.
The first Redbox kiosks were installed in Walmart stores in 2006.
Office Depot releases 2011 Corporate Citizenship Report
Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot announced Tuesday the release of its 2011 Corporate Citizenship Report, highlighting its commitment to business, ethics, diversity, environmental sustainability and community.
Highlights of the report include diversity initiatives such as its Historically Underutilized Businesses catalog, which features products by businesses owned by minorities, women, the disabled and veterans; its ranking as the greenest retailer in America; and its compliance training initiatives.
“In 2010, Office Depot remained steadfast in all aspects of our corporate social responsibility commitments despite economic conditions that remained challenging for the office supply business,” said Neil Austrian, chairman and CEO, Office Depot.
The 2011 Office Depot Corporate Citizenship Report is available online at officedepotcitizenship.com.
ICSC launches website for sales tax fairness
Washington, D.C. — The International Council of Shopping Centers announced Tuesday the launch of a new website devoted to sales tax fairness and how the current sales tax system is unable to support the 21st Century retail marketplace.
The site, 21stcenturyretail.org, will be continuously updated to provide the public, stakeholders, the media and lawmakers with information on the online sales tax loophole and resources to help level the playing field for all retailers, according to ICSC.
“Online retailers have been given a free pass for far too long at the expense of their brick-and-mortar counterparts," said Betsy Laird, ICSC senior VP of global public policy. "ICSC is among the many voices calling on Congress to close the online sales tax loophole.”
ICSC has promoted sales tax fairness for over a decade, advocating that a "sale is a sale" regardless of whether the purchase takes place on Main Street, at shopping centers, via mail-order or over the Internet.