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Case-Mate introduces new iPhone case

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA — Case-Mate is touting an "ultra-protective tough case" for the iPhone.

The product, called Tank, is a dual layer case that features a hard, impact-resistant exterior and a shock-absorbing interior. Tank also features a retractable screen that shields a phone from impacts, cracking and condensation.

"Sixty-seven percent of damaged iPhones are due to cracked screens and the current market does not provide users with an effective solution," Case-Mate chief marketing officer Erik Attkisson said. "We saw this as an opportunity to engineer a tough case that has the high-design aesthetic our customers expect while providing critical protection for both the screen and the phone."

Tank is available for $60 and is available in green/orange, black/black, black/pink and white/pink color options.

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Kroger, DSI extend agreement

BY Allison Cerra

BOCA RATON, Fla. — An in-store magazine merchandising and marketing company has signed a new front-end checkout reset agreement with Kroger.

Distribution Services said it will continue providing installation services for Kroger’s front-end checkout fixture initiatives through December 2012. DSI has provided full front-end merchandiser reset services to Kroger for the past six years.

"We are appreciative that Kroger has selected our dedicated and experienced field staff to handle all aspects of these displays, as well as their merchandising, as retailers view the front-end as the most valuable real estate in the store," DSI president and CEO John Swider said.

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NACDS joins retail groups in urging super committee to pass ‘e-fairness’ legislation

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores announced on Wednesday that it has joined other retail industry groups and companies in signing a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, also known as the super committee, urging it to close a tax loophole to prevent harm to traditional brick-and-mortar retail businesses — including pharmacies — and to assist states in collecting $23 billion in uncollected state sales taxes that currently are due on Internet and catalog sales.

The letter called for the committee to level the playing field for “Main Street” retailers by closing a loophole that prohibits states from requiring remote sellers to collect sales and use taxes owed on purchases from out‐of‐state vendors.

“As you seek solutions to address the federal budget, any final product will undoubtedly have an impact on the states, which are likewise facing their own budget crises. Consistent with the goals of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, Congress has an opportunity to help the states resolve their own budget shortfalls by enhancing states’ rights over sales tax collection authority and in the process closing a loophole that will level the playing field for all merchants,” the groups stated in the letter to the committee.

The letter also cites several pieces of federal “E-fairness” legislation that would give states the authority to manage their state tax law while closing the loophole, including H.R. 3179, the Marketplace Equity Act and House and Senate companion bills — the Main Street Fairness Act (H.R. 2701 and S. 1452, respectively).

 

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