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Report: Food Lion pulls plug on Bloom stores expansion

BY Allison Cerra

RALEIGH, N.C. Food Lion has pulled its plans to bring four Bloom stores to the North Carolina market, according to local reports.

The four stores, which currently are under construction, will become Food Lions instead. Spokeswoman Christy Phillips-Brown said the company will focus on increasing the number of Bloom stores in existing markets rather than expanding into new ones.

The Bloom chain, which was introduced in 2004, has 66 stores, including one opening in Charlotte this week. The stores are known for such tech-savvy features as scanner guns and recipe kiosks.

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Endicia launches Dymo printable postage

BY Allison Cerra

PALO ALTO, Calif. Endicia announced last week the launch of its Internet postage solutions.

Dymo printable postage allows customers to print postage from their computer without dealing with the hassle of monthly fees or trips to the Post Office.

How it works: Dymo printable postage sheets are self-adhesive, non-dated label sheets allow customers to print U.S. Postal Service-approved postage right from their desktop, PC or Mac, using any standard printer. Postage is easily purchased through the account. And Dymo stamps, a roll version of the sheet product, can be used with premium models of Dymo LabelWriter printers — providing the added bonus of printing one label at a time and thermal ink-free printing technology.

“The availability of Dymo printable postage sheets is a real boon for our customers,” says Amine Khechfe, general manager for Endicia. “Now, small and medium-sized businesses can stock-up on Dymo printable postage sheets from their local store and print postage using Endicia without the added cost of a monthly service fee.”

Additional features and benefits include:

  • Software that determines the right amount of postage, without overpaying
  • Ability to print postage anytime, day or night, for added convenience
  • Flexibility to print different denominations, including First-Class Mail (1 to 13 oz.), Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes and Boxes, Express Mail Flat Rate Envelopes, First-Class Mail International (1 oz.) and Postcard rates
  • Automatic software updates during Postal Service price changes without additional costs

For more information, visit http://www.endicia.com/Products/NoFee/.

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NRF names new president

BY DSN STAFF

WASHINGTON Matt Shay has been selected to serve as the next president and CEO of the National Retail Federation.

The announcement was made by NRF chairman Terry Lundgren, the chairman, president and CEO of Macy’s. Shay will be formally elected at the June 22 NRF Board meeting.

Shay joins NRF from the International Franchise Association where he served as president and CEO. He succeeds Tracy Mullin, who is retiring after 17 years as NRF’s CEO.

 

“Matt brings a deep level of knowledge and experience that will be very beneficial to NRF and its members,” said Lundgren. “He has the leadership skills, energy and enthusiasm necessary to guide this organization confidently into the future, and I look forward to working with him on the issues and projects that lie ahead.”

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