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Washington approves plan to end state-run liquor system

BY Marianne Wilson

New York City — Voters in the state of Washington on Tuesday approved a plan to privatize liquor sales, siding with Costco Wholesale Corp. in the costliest initiative campaign in state history, the Associated Press reported. The measure will end Washington’s state-run liquor system, which was formed in the 1930s in the aftermath of Prohibition.

Costco had committed $22 million to supporting the measure – or $6 for every registered voter — as executives portrayed the company as a crusader for consumers and said that it could take years to make up the investment in the initiative, the report said.

Costco also harnessed support from restaurants, groceries and other retailers, including Trader Joe’s.

Wholesalers provided much of the opposition funding, as retailers will now be able to bypass them and buy product directly from producers, the report said. The new rules go into effect in June. About 1,000 people who currently operate the state’s system will lose their jobs.

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Bashas’ selects KSS Retail for price optimization

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Cincinnati — Bashas’ Family of Stores, which operates than 120 supermarkets throughout Arizona, will work with KSS Retail to model, measure and implement pricing strategies for its Bashas’ and Food City banners.

“Our goal is to provide our customers with a superior shopping experience,” said Robert Ortiz, Bashas’ VP sales and marketing. “Working with KSS Retail will give us the ability to better understand our customers and what’s most important to them.”

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Cabela’s rolling out PayItFast service for in-store payment processing

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Sidney, Neb. — Cabela’s and US Dataworks announced the introduction of PayItFast for accepting Cabela’s Club Visa card payments in all Cabela’s U.S. stores.

The Cabela’s Club Visa card is issued by World’s Foremost Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cabela’s. PayItFast, a new payment service provided by US Dataworks, is designed as a faster way for customers to make payments on Cabela’s Club cards while visiting any Cabela’s U.S. retail store. The service was piloted in five Cabela’s retail stores in mid-September and was expanded to all 32 Cabela’s U.S. retail stores in late October.

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