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With the addition of three new distribution centers in California, Atlanta, and Ohio, Home Depot announced plans on Dec. 11 to develop same-day shipping capabilities.
Lululemon Athletica Inc., a yoga-inspired athletic apparel merchant, announced that founder Chip Wilson is resigning from his position as chairman of the Board of Directors, according to a press release. He plans to step down prior to the company’s annual meeting in June 2014.
Walmart announced today that David Cheesewright will become the president and CEO of Walmart International. At his previous post with the retailer, Cheesewright was the president and CEO of Walmart’s Europe, Middle East, Africa and Canada. Cheesewright will assume his new role on Feb. 1, 2014.
Backcountry.com, an online outdoor retailer, has expanded its global reach with the acquisition of Bergfreunde.de, an ecommerce company that caters to outdoor enthusiast in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
As one of the most serious, but often most misunderstood, retail loss prevention issues, return fraud costs retailers billions of dollars every year.
With the help of Bluetooth technology, shoppers can now tailor their shopping experience inside one of 254 Apple stores throughout the United States, through the new iBeacon mobile app.
Aeropostale, a specialty retailer of casual apparel for young women and men, released its third quarter results, which showed a 15% decrease in net sales and comparable sales, which include the ecommerce channel. CEO Thomas P. Johnson said in the release that he was “disappointed in the overall performance as customer adoption is occurring more slowly than we would like against the backdrop of a challenging teen retail environment.”
J. Crew has released its third quarter financials on Dec. 4, showing a revenue increase of 11% to $618.8 million. Store sales increased 7% to $420.2 million and direct sales increased 21% to $189.8 million.
As merchants continue to focus on improving customer loyalty moving into 2014, many are adopting Master Data Management technology in order to create a more rich and satisfying shopping experience across all channels. However, in order to achieve this and capitalize on peak buying seasons, retailers must gain greater control over product information and other master data in order to achieve omnichannel success.
If the Marketplace Fairness Act were to pass, will it really have a serious impact on mom-and-pop online merchants? Jonathan Barsade, CEO of Exactor, dives into the complicated and highly debated online sales tax issue and discusses how proper compliance software will ease the possible burden for small ecommerce shops.