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Industry News - June 5th, 2009



Lowe’s Implements Global Transportation Logistics Solutions

Lowe's Companies implements JDA's Transportation & Logistics Management software throughout its global transportation operations to support the company's import logistics initiative. The final phases include regional rollouts in China as it strives to synchronize its international transportation business operations. The company has already gone live with the solutions in the United States, Southeast Asia, India, Israel, Europe and South America.

Lowe's began utilizing JDA's Transportation & Logistics Management solutions to optimize its domestic transportation operations. As the company increased its import business, the need developed for an all-inclusive platform to support the complexity of its import operations.

"With the growth of our import business, we found the need to obtain a comprehensive platform to manage both domestic and international import operations," says Steve Palmer, vice president of transportation, Lowe's. "As we evaluated various vendors we soon realized that JDA could best support this business objective."

Lowe's collaborated with JDA to further develop the solution suite to manage and synchronize its global transportation operations. During its upgrade Lowe's focused on the expanded functionality of JDA Logistics Sourcing, JDA Transportation Planning and JDA Shipment Execution solutions.

JDA Logistics Sourcing allows Lowe's to greatly minimize the time it takes to conduct a bid for transportation services and provides ongoing contract management to respond to the fluctuations in its import business. Additionally, JDA Shipment Execution's Web-based platform enables Lowe's to interact with its carriers on booking, sailing schedules and status messaging in near real-time and is a key part of the transportation planning and execution solution.


All Green All the Time

Eco-conscious consumers are turning to TheFind.com, a one stop destination for "green shopping." A growing audience of11.5 million monthly shoppers can now search more than one million green products from organic and environmentally-friendly brands and stores. Green shoppers also are provided with exclusive discounts from green retailers such as MotherNature.com, Planet Shoes, True Foods Market, Gaiam and Edun Online, and green marketplaces such as WorldofGood.com.


Office Depot Races into SMB Market

Small businesses can gain mass-market exposure by becoming the next "Official Small Business of NASCAR" courtesy of Office Depot and two-time NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart. The winning business will have its company name or logo featured on the No. 14 Office Depot and Old Spice Chevy driven by Stewart and seen by millions of people during the nationally televised Pep Boys Auto 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on September 6, 2009.  The winner also will be rewarded a $14,000 small business makeover from Office Depot and a host of other prizes.


Kohl's Bags Popular Celebrities

Celebrity favorites including Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne and Hayden Panettiere have exclusive fashion lines at Kohl's, and now The Hills star Lauren Conrad joins this growing list. The launch of LC Lauren Conrad builds upon Kohl's private and exclusive brand strategy, which has been well received by customers and a huge win for Kohl's. Private and exclusive brands accounted for nearly 42 percent of total sales for the company in 2008. Kohl's was recently honored at the 2009 RACie Awards ceremony held at the 2009 Retail Advertising Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada for its "Life In Rhythm" and "Simply Vera" by Vera Wang campaigns."

"Activant's ability to get the system up and running quickly was a key factor in our decision. Their flexibility and product breadth gave them the lead in the final analysis. I don't think anyone else could have met that need," says Perrin.


Personal Shopping Devices at Stop & Shop and Giant

Personal shopping device Scan It! by Modiv Shopper hits the grocery aisles of 250 Stop & Shop and Giant supermarkets.  Shoppers pick up a Scan It!-branded Motorola MC17 mobile computer and scan their loyalty card. The mobile computer then displays exclusive special offers and promotions to customers, based on their purchase history and current shopping behavior. The system tracks the shopper's progress through the aisles and presents money-saving coupons and promotions as the shopper nears those products. Customers can select items, scan them and bag them in the cart. Purchases are then automatically totaled and the customer can pay for items quickly at a self-checkout station. Nearly one million shopping trips are now completed each month using Scan It! and more than 50 brands have run paid campaigns


Harry Rosen Launches New Web Site

Harry Rosen launches its new e-commerce site with iCongo. The Web site is now live and features Customer Relationship Management (CRM) technology that unifies the chain's online and physical stores.

HarryRosen.com, the company's new online presence, will mirror the sales and service that has made the 55-year-old company a legend in Canadian retailing. Sales associates will be able to interact with the customers they have served in their local stores, suggesting products and offering assistance. The site will also leverage iCongo's Order Management System to coordinate shipping and fulfillment of all orders.

"This new Web site is a major expansion of the Harry Rosen brand, bringing a new level of service to our valued customers," says Larry Rosen, CEO and Chairman of Harry Rosen. "We are pleased that iCongo was able to develop and deploy an eCommerce site with the exceptional quality, dependability and convenience to which our customers are accustomed."

As part of the back office functionality for Harry Rosen.com, iCongo incorporated an online debit payment system through the INTERAC Network, Canada's direct payment system.

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