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Starbucks is offering a store-locator service in North America for cell phone and wireless computing device users who have access to text messaging or Internet browsing.
Consumers can receive a list of nearby Starbucks outlets by testing a ZIP code to MYSBUX or 697289, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. Continue Reading Wireless users get help satisfying their java urges

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After a long, cold winter, consumers are eager to shop this Easter, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2007 Easter Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey.
This year, shoppers who plan to celebrate Easter (79.5 percent) are expected to spend an average of $135.07, up 11 percent from last year’s $121.72 per person. Total holiday spending is expected to reach $14.37 billion. Continue Reading Easter gets shoppers in mood for spring outfits

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Taco Bell is joining the growing list of merchants who are using PayPass payment technology.
MasterCard’s PayPass is a contactless payment solution that enables consumers to process their own transactions on a PayPass reader. Purchases under $25 do require a signature. Taco Bell will continue to accept traditional magnetic-stripe payment cards. Continue Reading Taco Bell, PayPass bring ‘no-swipe’ to fast food

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Eastman Kodak Co. has launched the Kodak Creative Network (creative.kodak.com), an online design and printing solution for the small office/home market.
Kodak Creative Network provides the benefits of an experienced design firm and a high quality printing house and offers one-stop online shopping for the wide range of printed marketing materials essential for small business growth. Continue Reading Eastman Kodak adding to mix of retail services

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Dunkin’ Brands and Procter & Gamble have signed an agreement to launch Dunkin’ Donuts coffee at retail outlets nationwide.
P&G Coffee will be responsible for distributing Dunkin’ Donuts packaged coffee to grocery stores, mass merchandisers, club stores and other consumer retail channels across the United States. Continue Reading Dunkin’ Donuts coffee coming to a retailer near you

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Yo Naturals is joining the healthy revolution by providing natural and organic vending machines.
President and CEO Mark Trotter, a veteran of the vending machine business, opened the company last April. It started distribution in January and in just a month, has received interest from locations across the country. Continue Reading Fresh fruit, organic treats reach vending machines

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Circuit City is inviting Americans to nominate their local firefighters for outstanding service as part of a national online essay contest.
A recent study by the U.S. Fire Administration, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, reveals that many firehouses across the United States lack adequate funding for some of the most essential firefighting tools. Continue Reading Circuit City launches ‘firedog Across America’

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Wal-Mart won top honors at the RACie Awards gala for a 2006 holiday television advertisement.
The RACie Awards, distributed by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association are given each year to honor the best campaigns in the retail industry. Continue Reading Wal-Mart holiday commercial voted ‘Best of Best’

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Wal-Mart has decided to do battle with Amazon.com, CinemaNow and iTunes.
The retailer is partnering with Walt Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, Sony, 20th Century Fox and Universal to sell digital movies and television shows on its Web site.
Two years ago Wal-Mart’s attempt at online video rentals failed. Continue Reading Wal-Mart the first retailer to offer video downloads

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History repeating itself: men top V-Day spending

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Historically men are the big spenders when hit by cupid’s arrow and this Valentine’s Day is no exception.
According to the National Retail Federation’s 2007 Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch, the average man is expected to spend $156.22, nearly double the $85.08 that the average woman will spend. Continue Reading History repeating itself: men top V-Day spending

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