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NRF: Swipe fee fix battle ‘isn’t over’

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON Despite the signing of a financial-reform legislation that will curb the credit and debit card swipe fees paid by retailers and their customers each year, the National Retail Federation said it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

While President Obama on Wednesday signed H.R. 4173, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of 2010 — named for Senate Banking Committee chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., and House Financial Services Committee chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass. — NRF president and CEO Matt Shay said that while the legislation “is a dramatic first step in the fight to control rising credit and debit card fees and has tremendous potential for savings,” he added that big banks may press such regulators as the Federal Reserve “as it drafts the regulations intended to result in the ‘reasonable’ debit card fees sought by Congress.”

Shay said, “Congress realizes that debit cards are simply plastic checks, and has said the Federal Reserve should look at them with paper checks in mind. The result shouldn’t be swipe fees being cut by a quarter or even a half. The result should be plastic checks that get paid at essentially face value.”

Swipe fees –– officially known as interchange fees –– are a percentage of the transaction charged by card company banks each time a card is swiped to pay for a purchase.

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Duane Reade takes shot at beer pong

BY Alaric DeArment

Ever since the game began several years ago, beer pong has become as much a part of college campus parties in America as fashioning bed sheets into Roman-style togas or having everyone dress in the most hideous fashions of a past decade.

Now, Duane Reade is hoping to capitalize on the trend, selling packages of ping pong balls next to its beer shelf, as seen in this photo taken at the chain’s store at 55th St. and Park Ave., downstairs from Drug Store News’ offices.

 

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Target opens new store in Chicago’s Wilson Yard

BY Drug Store News Team

MINNEAPOLIS Target said Tuesday it has opened a new store in the Wilson Yard community of Chicago.

The new 200,000-sq.-ft. store, which creates 300 jobs, will celebrate its grand opening on July 25 and features fresh produce, meat and bakery goods along with a Starbucks, Target Cafe, Target Pharmacy, Target Optical and Pizza Hut Express.

Target currently operates 1,740 stores in 49 states.

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