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USA: 7-Eleven Plans Ambitious Growth in Maryland - Report

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7-Eleven plans to open up to 50 new stores in Maryland over the coming months, according to the Baltimore Business Journal. The company, which last week announced that it would return to the Jacksonville, Florida market, has reportedly hired real-estate broker Trout Daniel & Associates to find appropriate locations.

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Singapore: Carrefour Steps Up for Earth Hour

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Carrefour Singapore has once again pledged its support for Earth Hour 2012, committing to a $10,000 donation for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The company will raise the funds while encouraging customers to adopt environmentally-friendly shopping habits, encouraging shoppers to use eco-bags instead of disposable plastic bags for their shopping.

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USA: Giant Eagle Tests Curbside Express

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Giant Eagle, a supermarket and convenience chain with stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland, is testing a new online service, Curbside Express. The service allows customers to do their shopping online and pick up their groceries at-store without leaving their car. Once an order is placed, a personal shopper gathers, bags and loads the shopping into the customer’s car. Curbside Express also allows the customer to add specific requests such as the way they would like your items bagged.

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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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