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Target makes up for lackluster comps with last-minute sale

BY Gail Hoffer

MINNEAPOLIS — Target may have a chance to bounce back from its anemic 1.8% November comps increase during a period that included strong Black Friday performances for most retailers with its "Almost Last Minute Sale," a new savings event that will offer discounts on items from the most popular gift categories, including home, apparel and accessories, toys, and electronics.

The three-day sale will take place Dec. 8 through Dec. 10 in stores and at Target.com.

“With many of our guests still in search of the perfect item, Target is excited to introduce a new savings event just in time for Christmas,” Target EVP merchandising Kathee Tesija said. “The ‘Almost Last-Minute Sale’ is ideal for our guests who want to save money and get the perfect gifts for their family and friends.”

The company will announce the deals in an eight-page advertisement found in daily newspapers nationwide on Thursday, Dec. 8 and online Wednesday, Dec. 7.

During Black Friday, Target, which opened its doors at midnight, faced significant competition from other retailers, including Walmart, which got a jump on Target by starting its promotions at 10 p.m.

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Kodak looks to set Facebook photos free via app, picture kiosks

BY Allison Cerra

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Kodak is promoting its Facebook application and Kodak picture kiosks by offering consumers the opportunity to share life’s special moments by turning their Facebook photos into high-quality printed keepsakes, the company said.

Kodak is asking Facebook users to download the its My Kodak Moments app on Facebook or access their Facebook photos on Kodak picture kiosks to create a free 8×10 collage in an effort to "free" the billions of photos stored on social networking site. As part of the promotion, the company has teamed up with morning actor/comedian Mark Malkoff, who will be placed inside of a plexiglass box that will travel around New York City until one million Facebook photos are set "free."

The My Kodak Moments app is available on Facebook and also can be found by visiting Kodak.com/go/freemark.

"By putting Mark and his photos in this box, we are demonstrating the need to free the billions of photos stored on Facebook and encouraging consumers to do more with them," Kodak VP worldwide marketing of retail systems solutions Larry Trevarthen said. "We created solutions like the new My Kodak Moments app and the ability to connect to Facebook from a Kodak picture kiosk, for stories that are worth more than just a status update."

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Supervalu expands partnership with Western Beef

BY Allison Cerra

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu will serve as the primary grocery supplier for retailer Western Beef beginning in January 2012, the company announced Tuesday.

Supervalu, which currently supplies Western Beef’s two stores in Florida, now will include an additional 22 of Western Beef’s conventional stores and five of their limited assortment stores in New York and New Jersey, along with a third Florida store that is slated to open soon.

Supervalu said its Lancaster, Pa.-based distribution center will supply the 27 Western Beef stores in New York and New Jersey, while the two Florida stores (and third pending store) will continue to be supplied by Supervalu’s Southeast region.

“This is an exciting time for Supervalu as we expand our relationship with Western Beef and increase our presence in the New York market,” said Kevin Kemp, president of Supervalu’s eastern region. “For decades, Western Beef has done an excellent job of serving customers in its local markets. With this expanded partnership, Western Beef will be able to increase the variety of products offered in their Northeast stores while taking advantage of a wide array of support services that we offer.”

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