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Canada: iSign Completes Installation in Mac and Couche-Tard Stores

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iSign Media says it has finished installing its Interactive Marketing Solution (IMS) software in Mac's and Couche-Tard stores. The technology, which gathers real-time information on consumer habits and their preferences, allows retailers to increase their return on investment and avoid costly traditional advertising, according to the company.

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China: Carrefour Store Closed as Authorities Crack Down on Labelling

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Carrefour's store in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, has been closed by authorities following allegations of mislabelling broadcast by state media. According to the media reports, the retailer was accused of selling meat with expired freshness dates and mislabelling regular chicken as 'free range'. 

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Canada: Macs Embraces Social Media for Crime Prevention

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Mac's Convenience Stores has begun using social media in its efforts to prevent and prosecute crime, identifying suspects through Facebook and Twitter. The company's central Canada stores will use both social media portals to distribute suspect images from recent unsolved incidents to the public, along with a description of the suspect and their alleged Crime.

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Canada: Couche-Tard Enjoys Success With Own Cigarette Brand

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Couche Tard has successfully rolled out its own proprietary cigarette brand across its Circle K stores, the Canadian convenience company has announced. Speaking in a conference call with analysts, CEO Alain Bouchard (pictured) confirmed that the company had been unhappy with cigarette pricing changes recommended by the Altria Group, which had a “deflationary effect” and ate into same-store merchandise sales in the United States.

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