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Target.com under new leadership

BY Mike Troy

MINNEAPOLIS — Target merchandising executive Casey Carl was given added responsibilities for the retailer’s online businesses, following a series of snafus related to an August relaunch that resulted in the departure of former online president Steve Eastman.

Carl will serve as president of multichannel with responsibility for Target’s digital platforms including mobile, social and Target.com, while retaining his prior responsibilities as SVP merchandising for entertainment, toys, sporting goods and electronics.

“We are firmly committed to implementing a multichannel strategy that enables our guests to engage with Target anywhere, anytime,” Target EVP merchandising Kathee Tesija said. “Under Casey’s leadership and with the support of a strong team, we are confident that we will continue to improve our digital operations and deliver on our ‘Expect More. Pay Less’ brand promise.”

Carl joined Target in 1997, and in his recent capacity as SVP hardlines, he was co-lead on the retailer’s multichannel steering committee.

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Clarity introduces new XL cordless phones

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Clarity, a Plantronics company, recently launched two new loud, easy-to-use cordless phones designed for people with hearing loss, low vision or mobility challenges.

The new Clarity XLC2 and XLC3.4 phones amplify incoming sounds, remove unwanted and distracting noises and provide interference-free communication to give users a customized listening experience. The phones also feature three tone settings, are compatible with hearing aids and include a loud speakerphone, while the XLC3.4 also features a caller ID screen, the company said.

The phones are part of the brand’s XL series of communication devices.

Clarity phones are sold nationwide.

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Latest music album from ‘Glee’ to debut in December

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Columbia Records and 20th Century Fox Television are slated to release the latest edition of "Glee: The Music, Volume 7" on Dec. 6.

The collection, which is available in both in standard and deluxe versions, includes such tracks as Michael Jackson’s "Man In The Mirror," Beyonce’s "Run The World (Girls)" and Katy Perry’s "Last Friday Night."

In related news, Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2, which features the cast’s festive renditions of such Christmas staples as "Little Drummer Boy," "Let It Snow" and "All I Want For Christmas Is You," as well as two original tracks "Extraordinary Merry Christmas" and "Christmas Eve With You," debuted last week.

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