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99 Cents Only Stores launches new website

BY Alaric DeArment

COMMERCE, Calif. — Regional store chain 99 Cents Only Stores has launched a new website that it said would offer more easily accessible information on new products, as well as company information.

The chain — which operates 308 stores in California, Texas, Arizona and Nevada — said the new site was part of its efforts to improve the quality of information that it makes available to the public.

"Since 1982, we’ve been providing our customers with great products and a quality shopping experience," 99 Cents Only Stores CEO Eric Schiffer said. "This new website helps us showcase the broad range of merchandise we carry, all while giving our customers another avenue for purchasing our amazing deals. We are thrilled to display our everyday great values in a new and exciting way and are confident that our growing online ordering business will continue to thrive." 

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Increased OTC usage linked to getting older

BY Michael Johnsen

One-in-5 respondents expect any increase in OTC usage will be related to aging, according to an online survey of more than 900 AccentHealth viewers conducted in September. However, consumers younger than 55 years were the drivers behind increased OTC usage through 2012.

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Sears Holdings appoints New York Mets executive to board of directors

BY Alaric DeArment

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — The parent company of Sears and Kmart has elected an executive from the New York Mets to its board of directors.

Sears Holdings announced the appointment of Mets VP player development and amateur scouting Paul DePodesta. His election to the board brings the total number of board members to eight.

"We are pleased to add the strong analytical skills and talent assessment acumen of Paul DePodesta to our board of directors," Sears Holdings chairman Edward Lampert said. "As Sears Holdings continues the work of transforming and strengthening our company, we look forward to his leadership and contributions. Mr. DePodesta’s ability to scrutinize data and use it to assess tamest and drive execution makes him ideally suited to join our board."

Though DePodesta’s background is in baseball recruitment, the company said his "unique approach" to assembling teams has "transformed how teams evaluate, measure and value talent." He previously was EVP of the San Diego Padres and EVP and general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, following executive positions with the Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians.

 

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