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• The Seattle Times reports that Costco "plans to ramp up new store openings later this year. It will open just 16 new stores in the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 2, but plans to open 13 new locations in the last three months of the calendar year. Costco has 602 warehouses worldwide."

• The Los Angeles Times reports that "the Los Angeles City Council has moved toward banning plastic bags at grocery stores in the nation’s second-largest city.

"The council voted 13-1 Wednesday to approve a policy that would ban single-use plastic bags ... The ban would take effect later this year after an environmental impact report that is expected to take four months and the council adopts an ordinance.

"The city’s program would be modeled after bag bans in 48 other California cities."

Large stores will have six months to phase out the bags, while smaller retailers get a year.

Reuters reports that "PayPal unveiled deals with 15 retailers including Toys R Us, J.C. Penney and Barnes & Noble as the online payment giant expands into more physical stores ... Other retailers announced on Thursday for PayPal's in-store service were Office Depot, American Eagle Outfitters, Abercrombie & Fitch, Rooms To Go, Jos. A. Bank , Aeropostale, Foot Locker, Nine West, Jamba Juice, Guitar Center, TigerDirect and Advance Auto Parts."

The story notes that "the deals add to a pact with Home Depot, which began accepting PayPal in about 2000 stores this year."

• Wakefern Food Corp. announced that Cheryl Williams, Vice President of Digital Commerce and Innovation, was recognized by Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) at the recent “Salute to Policy Makers” Dinner. The biennial event honors women of professional distinction in New Jersey, as well as generating proceeds that have been converted to more than a million dollars in scholarships for women in New Jersey seeking advanced degrees.
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