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A columnist for Retail Online Integration, George founded HAGUEdirect, a marketing agency. Previously he was a member of the Shawnee Mission, Kan.-based consulting and creative agency J. Schmid & Assoc. He has more than 10 years of experience in circulation, advertising, consulting and financial strategy in the catalog/retail industry. George's expertise includes circulation strategy, mailing execution, response analysis and financial planning. Before joining J. Schmid, George worked as catalog marketing director at Dynamic Resource Group, where he was responsible for marketing and merchandising for the Annie's Attic Needlecraft catalog, the Clotilde Sewing Notions catalog, the House of White Birches Quilter's catalog and three book clubs. George also worked on corporate acquisitions.

On Wednesday morning, just hours after he wrapped up the State of the Union speech, President Obama will pay a visit to a Costco in Lanham, Maryland. There, he's likely to reinforce messages about raising the minimum wage and income inequality. It will hardly be the first time this administration has held up the discount behemoth as a model of corporate success. In his speech on the economy back in July, Obama hailed Costco as a company that "pays good wages and offers good benefits," proving "that this isn't just good for their business, it's good for America." 

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark announced that it was among several national companies represented at an event hosted on Tuesday by President Obama, VP Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden as part of the Joining Forces initiative....

The Roman Catholic Church needs a serious brand makeover. It's gotten so bad that the previous CEO, aka Pope Benedict, gave his three weeks notice. Since he couldn't cite wanting to spend more time with his family, he intends to devote his life to prayer. Prayer? This brand really needs help. In selecting its new boss, the church's board of directors, aka the College of Cardinals, had to pull a rabbit out of their mitre. And did they.

Joe Biden has a Costco card? Who knew? The vice president — who renewed his membership just this week, it turns out — flashed his Costco credentials Thursday as he helped the discount retailer at the grand opening of its first store in Washington, D.C. Costco CEO Craig Jelinek greeted Biden before his shopping spree, as did company co-founder Jim Sinegal.

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