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Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 @ 4:54 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 @ 5:16 PM
Boston, Mass. — January is the month of retail returns.
One woman took to social media to tell the world about a recent return she tried to make with the online retailer Zulily.
Kelly Kinkel said that she ordered a winter coat from the company, and upon receiving it, immediately knew it would not be practical to have with her two dogs.
“When I received my order, I could see through the packaging that the coat material wasn't going to work well with the two breeds of dogs we have," Kinkel wrote on Facebook. "Coarse dog hair and certain materials don't mix."
She called Zulily’s customer service department and asked if she could return the unopened coat for a refund.
“I spoke with a sweet young man named Patrick, and he let me know he would refund my money immediately,” Kinkel wrote.
When she asked Patrick how to send the coat back, he told her, "Please don't send it back. If you know someone who needs a winter coat or if you would like to donate it to a charity, that would make us very happy."
“I honestly thought he was kidding. It took me a moment to realize he was completely serious, and then came the tears,” Kinkel wrote. “I thought Zulily was pretty incredible before, but after today, I'm a customer for life. The world needs more love like that.”
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 @ 4:01 AM
— Amazon.com Inc. may be gearing up for its next big project: a home robot.
According to the sources, Vesta has apparently been in the works for years, but new job listings for Lab126, Amazon’s hardware research and development division, have sprung up this year.
Lab126 engineers previously built Amazon’s Kindle, Fire Phone and Echo.
“People briefed on the plan say the company hopes to begin seeding the robots in employees’ homes by the end of this year, and potentially with consumers as early as 2019,” Bloomberg reported, noting that the timeline may change.
The Vesta robot prototypes reportedly have computer vision software and advanced cameras for navigation. Think of a “mobile Alexa, accompanying customers in parts of their home where they don’t have Echo devices,” Bloomberg analysts wrote.
An Amazon spokesperson told Bloomberg the company doesn’t comment on “rumors and speculation.” The AJC has reached out to Amazon for comment, as well.
Other companies have dabbled in domestic robots before, including iRobot and its Roomba vacuum and MobileRobots Inc.’s Jeeves home security robot.
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 4:45 PM
DAYTON — More 1,000 people and over 160 employers will be at the 2018 Spring Job Fair Wednesday, April 25 at the University of Dayton Arena.
Government agencies and private sector companies spanning construction, engineering, education, health care, information technology, manufacturing, professional services and transportation will be on hand, according to organizers.
“People are in big demand now and this gives a a nice opportunity for the job seeker to meet with the hiring people for each company,” said Mark S. Anderson, an event organizer with Montgomery County Development Services.
The county agency and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will host the fair.set from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., which is open to both civilians and military personnel. “It’s open to all residents in the entire Miami Valley,” he said.
To register, log onto OhioMeansJobs.com/montgomery .
Montgomery County and Wright-Patterson plan a similar fall jobs fair in September at the Nutter Center at Wright State University, but a date has not yet been scheduled, Anderson said.
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Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 4:24 PM
Macy’s will open an outlet store at the Dayton Mall in June.
The department store will open its first Dayton-area Backstage outlet store at the Dayton Mall on June 6. The new outlet store will have approximately 12,900 square feet of dedicated retail space and will live on the second level inside the full-line Macy’s. The grand opening will be celebrated with giveaways for the first 200 customers and special events throughout the day.
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“Our customers are excited about the Macy’s Backstage shopping experience,” said Michelle Israel, Macy’s Senior Vice President of Off Price. “Macy’s Backstage Dayton Mall was designed to bring great deals and the fun of the hunt into our existing location. If you’re looking for a fashion update, a last-minute gift, or a special treat for yourself, your home or your pet, we have you covered.”
Seven free-standing Backstage stores opened in the Northeast and San Antonio, TX in 2015 and 2016. In the subsequent years, Macy’s has opened approximately 63 store-within-store locations, allowing customers to shop both merchandise offerings in one trip to their local mall. There are currently 70 Macy’s Backstage locations across the U.S.
The Dayton Daily News was the first to report about the Backstage outlet coming to the region. The estimated market value of the completed project is $75,000.
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Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 3:29 PM
A vegetable item sold in Ohio ALDI stores has been recalled.
McCall Farms Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of cases of Happy Harvest Spinach in 13.5 ounce cans as a precautionary measure due to the potential presence of peanuts resulting from product mislabeling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced.
The product was available for purchase in the following states: Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia. The product was also available for purchase to ALDI customers in the Atlanta and Chicago areas through the company’s partnership with Instacart, a grocery delivery service.
All affected product has been removed from its stores. ALDI is the only retailer with this product. The product was packaged in 13.5 oz cans with the lot code of A23IX. The best-by date is January 2021. The UPC code is 041498131289.
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