Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) recently implemented new technology as a key part of the user experience to improve on brand loyalty, introduce new products to its consumers, all with the final objective of improving throughput at its stores. Equally important in improving the user experience is to offer a shorter waiting time. SBUX closed down slightly on Monday (09/30/13) on 3.6 million shares traded at by the market close, but was up slightly in the aftermarket trading.
Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ: COST) engages in the operation of membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories. Costco's competitive strategy is smart and effective: the company makes most of its profits from membership fees while selling its products at zero profit or even at a loss. COST closed down slightly on Monday (09/30/13) on 1.8 million shares traded at by the market close.
Target Canada of Target Corp (NYSE: TGT) is clarifying its standing policy regarding the Royal Canadian Legion's annual Poppy campaign in conjunction with Remembrance Day. " Canada's veterans and other Royal Canadian Legion members are most welcome to offer Poppies to customers outside the front of our stores or inside if they prefer," said Derek Jenkins, senior vice president, External Relations, Target Canada. TGT closed up slightly on Monday (09/30/13) on 4.5 million shares traded at by the market close.
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