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Retail information technology vet joins Weis from Supervalu

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Information technology vet Shirl Stroeing joined Weis Markets earlier this week as the company’s VP and chief information officer, according to published reports. 

Stroeing makes the move from Supervalu, where she was VP service management and operations support. 

Stroeing succeeds Bob Mawyer, who departed Weis earlier this year, and will report to Scott Frost, Weis SVP, CFO and treasurer. 

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New Snapbox framed prints transform smartphone photos into framed artwork

BY Antoinette Alexander

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jondo-USA, a maker of personalized photo and decor products, is making it easy for consumers to create and order framed prints from their smartphone and digital camera photos with the new Snapbox framed prints.

SnapBox products will be available for pick-up and pay at 12,000 retail locations, including Rite Aid and Bartell Drugs, with free shipping to those locations.


With SnapBox, smartphone users can transform their on-the-go photos into works of art for their homes and offices, or share memorable gifts with friends and family. With the fast-growing adoption of smartphones, consumers are capturing countless spontaneous photos, and now they can go one step further by instantly creating and ordering personalized photo décor using those images.  

SnapBox framed prints start at less than $10 for a 5×5 or 5×7 print on stretched gallery-wrapped canvas. The new EZWay ordering service can be used with any iPhone, Android or Blackberry smartphone, or from any connected PC, tablet or camera.


“Our 25-year background in fine art reproductions for galleries and publishers is now available to smartphone users who want the same high quality for their own photo artwork in their homes and offices. The SnapBox print is a true photo giclée museum-quality wrapped print,” stated John Doe, CEO of Jondo. “With the broad use of smartphones and Instagram today, we are empowering these mobile users to quickly and easily transform their life moments into stunning works of art, and enabling them to create personalized galleries or themes of images in their homes.”


Consumers will have the choice of multiple sizes at special 2012 holiday prices ranging from $9.79 to $24.49. The sizes include a 5×5, 5×7, 8×10, 10×13, 9×9, with the 5×5 and 9×9 square SnapBox prints ideal for Instagram photos. The personalized SnapBox framed prints can be shipped to home, sent as a gift — or coming in early November, the option to pick up and pay for SnapBox prints at 12,000 participating retail locations.


All images are printed on stretched canvas, a poly cotton blend made exclusively for Jondo. The finished product has a gloss finish that protects against moisture, harmful UV rays and fading. The stretched canvas print is complete with a 100% kiln-dried wood frame, made from certified renewable forests in Argentina, with a black enamel finish.


To order a SnapBox framed print, consumers email their selected photo to snapbox@snapboxez.com. A response email arrives in minutes allowing consumers to preview their SnapBox photo, select and order different sizes. Customers can opt to pay right then for the mail-to-home option, or select free delivery to pick-up and pay at one of its participating retail locations, available in early November.  

SnapBox framed print orders are completed and delivered in a few days from one of Jondo’s state-of-the-art production facilities in Anaheim, Seattle or Albany, N.Y.
 

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Target to open second CityTarget format in San Francisco in 2013

BY Gail Hoffer

SAN FRANCISCO — Target has announced plans to open its second CityTarget store in San Francisco in October 2013. The company’s first CityTarget in San Francisco opened nearly a week ago on Oct. 10.

The San Francisco West CityTarget will be 119,000 sq. ft. and located at the southwest corner of Geary and Masonic Streets.

“We are thrilled to call San Francisco home to our newest CityTarget at Geary and Masonic,” said Cary Strouse, Target’s SVP stores in the western region. “With more than five CityTarget locations confirmed, California has always been a strong market for Target. We are excited to continue being a good neighbor and developing long-lasting relationships with guests at both San Francisco Target stores.”

Similar to larger-format Targets, the CityTarget store will offer living essentials, on-trend fashions and exclusive designer collections. The store also will include a Starbucks and a pharmacy.

With five locations confirmed, the state of California has more CityTargets than any other state in the nation. Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Westwood, Calif. locations were opened earlier this year. In addition to the San Francisco West CityTarget, the company has announced 2013 openings in Portland and Los Angeles.

 

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