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Memorex debuts new iPod alarm clocks

BY Doug Desjardins

WESTON, Fla. Memorex has released a line of alarm clocks that double as iPod docks and speakers in time for back-to-school shoppers.

The Memorex Mi4019 and iWakeUp feature FM tuners, white backlit LCD displays and snooze alarms along with iPod docking stations that recharge and play songs from any iPod. Both clocks also offer three alarm options to wake up to.

“They let you choose how you want to wake up—be it to the buzzer, radio or a favorite song from your iPod,” said Carla Pihowich, brand director for Memorex Americas. “They also function as a charger for iPods with the sleek design, form and function to complement the furnishings of any bedroom or dorm room.” The Mi4019 retails for $39.99 SRP and the iWakeUp for $69.99.

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P&G launches Febreze pet-odor products

BY Alaric DeArment

CINCINNATI Procter & Gamble has launched two new products to eliminate pet-related odor under the Febreze brand, the company announced Tuesday.

The products include an odor-neutralizing candle, Febreze Candles Pet Odor Eliminator, and Febreze NOTICEables Pet Odor Eliminator, a scented oil.

The company said that while other air fresheners cover up pet odors, its new products eliminate the odors from the air and deliver a fresh scent.

“The success of Febreze Fabric Refresher and Air Effects Pet Odor Eliminator has led the brand to extend freshness to more pet homes across the country,” Febreze brand manager Scott Beal said. “The addition of Febreze Candles and Febreze NOTICEables Pet Odor Eliminator will provide pet owners freshness and odor elimination benefits in a broader and more versatile line.”

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More than 2,000 Minyard employees may see layoffs

BY Drew Buono

COPPELL, Texas Minyard Food Stores has sent a letter to the Texas Workforce Commission informing them of a layoff that will affect approximately 2,387 employees after the grocery retailer sells 37 stores, including its Carnival Super Market brand and other Minyard-owned stores to Grocers Supply, according to local reports.

The announcement, however, does not take into account the number of employees who most likely will be rehired by the new store owners after the sale is complete, a spokesman for Grocers Supply said.

Fiesta Mart, which will be taking over 11 of Minyard’s Carnival locations, is currently reaching out to affected employees and asking them to submit their applications for employment.

Minyard’s says the job cuts will officially start on Sept. 29 and end by Nov. 17. The Grocers Supply said by then, it hopes to have other retailers identified who will be taking over the operations of the remaining 26 stores.

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