STORE TECH

FLYING ON LINE: American Eagle Outfitters, a specialty retailer of casual clothing based in Warrendale, Pa., plans to start an on-line catalog in mid-October.
According to Michael Cortazzo, director of store operations, the Web site will offer some items sold at the company’s 330-plus retail outlets and possibly some special new items sold only on the Web.
The retailer has been promoting the introduction of its Web site, http:www.ae-outfitters.com, in its retail outlets since August. American Eagle refers to the Web site as the “AE Diner – Open 24 hours.” Run/Walk will be integrated into the series DuPont

ON-LINE DEAL: Vans, a Santa Fe-based maker and retailer of active-casual footwear and apparel, has acquired a minority interest in The Zone Network, which publishes the outdoor sports on-line magazine The Mountain Zone.
With a focus on two of Vans’ key markets, mountain biking and snow boarding, The Mountain Zone (www.mountainzone.com) could help the company better reach its target audience of 10-to-24-year-olds.
Also in the deal, the two firms will link their Web sites and Mountain Zone will assist Vans in better developing its own site.

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