Reports: Costco looks to grow sales online
NEW YORK — Club retailer Costco Wholesale is looking to grow its online retail presence, according to published reports.
According to The Seattle Times, the company plans to introduce apps for Apple and Android devices this month in order to boost its online sales, which, at about $2 billion a year, are behind companies like Walmart and Amazon.
Citing industry statistics, The Seattle Times reported that Costco ranked 17th among online retailers, while Amazon had the top spot, and Walmart was fourth.
UBM Medica: PAs earn more, while NPs have more employment opportunities
NORWALK, Conn. — UBM Medica has unveiled the results of its "Physician’s Practice 2012 Staff Salary" survey.
UBM Medica found that the highest-paid nonphysicians on staff were physician assistants, earning an average $84,000 per year, followed by nurse practitioners, who earned an annual salary of $83,000. Despite PAs earning more per year, UBM Medica found that NPs enjoyed more employment opportunities: 35% of practices are employing one NP, compared with only 25% of practices who employ a PA.
Overall, the survey also revealed that nurses were in high demand and many U.S. medical practices started paying a premium for their services last year, despite pay for most other clinical and administrative support staff stagnated or declined.
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Sears launches localized shopping portal
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears has launched SearsLocalAd.com, an online service that provides customers with access to additional local deals beyond the weekly Sears print circular or Sears.com.
The online shopping portal is dedicated to local customers, allowing them to shop smarter by previewing new local deals updated every week, and includes enhancements for Sears’ Shop Your Way Rewars members.
"We know how savvy our customers are when it comes to finding the best deals. Giving our customers new services and conveniences like a real-time window into the selection and savings specific to their nearby store is a great example of how the future of integrated shopping is here today at Sears," said Imran Jooma, SVP and president of online, marketing, financial services and pricing business units at Sears Holdings.
Localization is pre-selected based on the shopper’s location and can be easily changed to another store within the experience. Shoppers can search their nearest Sears store and browse deals by department, brand or price point, quickly filtering to find offers of interest. SearsLocalAd.com helps shoppers ensure products are available before they go to the store. The site features not only hundreds of additional deals, but shows in real time how many items are currently in stock at the chosen location.