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Walgreens touts Redbox movie rentals giveaway

BY Allison Cerra

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens will reward 1 million customers at its stores nationwide on Thanksgiving Day with a free one-day Redbox DVD rental, the drug store chain announced.

The DVD rental, which will be given to the first 130 customers (not including prescription purchases) at the chain’s more than 7,700 locations, will be valid at all Walgreens Redbox locations from Thanksgiving Day through Dec. 24.

“We’re pleased to build upon our existing relationship with Redbox to offer this reward to our early bird shoppers this Thanksgiving,” Walgreens divisional merchandise manager for front-end services Bob Cinq-Mars said. “The holidays are a great time to gather the family for a movie. This will be a good chance for some to try out the service for the first time and a nice bonus for many others who have long enjoyed the convenience and value of Redbox rentals at their neighborhood Walgreens.”

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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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