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Industry News - March 27th, 2009



Tomax, Aspect Loss Prevention Partner for Real-time Loss Prevention

Aspect Loss Prevention, a provider of retail loss prevention data mining software and services and Tomax, a provider of real-time merchandising and store execution applications and services announce the formation of a strategic partnership, to deliver enhanced loss prevention solutions for retailers.

Aspect’s products and services identify and reduce employee theft, monitor and improve cashier and operational compliance, automate reporting of business rule metrics and generally reduce shrink.

Mobile workers will now have the tools they need to take immediate action on routine operational tasks regardless of their location. Sybase will help sales professionals access to the SAP customer relationship management (CRM) solution. While on the move they will be equipped with up-to-the-minute data on their customers that is synchronized with the enterprise applications, allowing the execution of customer transactions as well as integration with mobile business processes.

T-Systems, a large systems integrator in Europe, will work closely with Sybase to enable SAP end-users to take advantage of easy access to the new SAP Business Suite and mobile business processes and applications.


Forever 21 to Open 11 New Large-Format West Coast Stores

Forever 21 is on schedule to open 11 large-format stores by the end of March in former Mervyns locations. The first phase of openings include The Mall of Victor Valley in Victorville, California, which opened in February, Northridge in Salinas, California, which opened in early March, South Towne Center in Sandy, Utah, which also opened in early March, Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale, Arizona, which will open by the end of March, Lakewood Center in Lakewood, California, which will open by the end of March, and Montebello Town Center in Montebello, California, which will also open by the end of March.

Next up for Forever 21 are locations in Mall Del Norte in Laredo, Texas, Tucson Mall in Tucson, Arizona, Crossroads Plaza in Calexico, California, Valle Vista Mall in Harlingen, Texas, and Antelope Valley Mall in Palmdale, California.


Limited Brands to Open 23 Stores and Expand Henri Bendel

Limited Brands, operator of Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works stores, plans to open 23 new and 44 remodeled stores. Also, the company continues to expand the Henri Bendel luxury fashion concept by opening six new locations in 2009. It currently operates five of the stores. The typical Victoria's Secret is 5,500 square feet, while the typical Bath & Body Works is 2,400 square feet, and Henri Bendel is 10,000 square feet.


The Metropolitan Opera Selects Epicor to Support Retail Operations

Metropolitan Opera selects Epicor Retail Software as a Service (SaaS) to provide the Met Opera Shop with systemic infrastructure and software to help drive retail operations.

To support a newly renovated retail store within the Metropolitan Opera House, the Met sought a robust retail solution that would easily integrate with existing technology and enable the retail team to run its operations as efficiently and effectively as possible. The Epicor Retail SaaS offering, which delivers Epicor's Store, Merchandising, Audit & Operations Management and CRM modules, addressed those needs.

MET also gains access to Epicor's suite of software for the specialty retail marketplace and also reduces the dependency on onsite retail IT infrastructure. The "pay as you go" SaaS pricing model also helps eliminate the need to amortize the cost of "traditional" software licenses, providing substantial total cost of ownership advantages as a result. The Epicor Retail SaaS solution includes the associated implementation and integration services, support and maintenance as well as ongoing updates and upgrades.


Coupons.com Launches Coupons on Twitter

Consumers who use the popular Twitter micro blogging service can now stay up to date on the latest offers from Coupons.com, the leading network for digital coupons. With Coupons.com via Twitter, followers of http://twitter.com/Coupons will automatically receive new coupon offers as they become available. The tweets will include links to the printable coupons for quick printing.

Twitter is yet another way Coupons.com is reaching consumers where they want to be reached. In recent months, Coupons.com launched a Facebook application (http://facebook.coupons.com), and acquired the popular mobile grocery shopping application Grocery iQ (http://www.groceryiq.com) to integrate digital coupons into the shopping experience. Grocery iQ is available now for the iPhone and this summer for Android handsets.

"Coupons.com wants to make it easy for people to discover new opportunities for savings. As the popularity of digital coupons continues to grow, consumers want to be the first ones to find new offers online," says Steve Horowitz, CTO of Coupons. "Twitter offers an opportunity to reach an increasingly broad and rapidly growing population of digital coupon consumers who can now get up-to-the minute notification when new coupons are available."

To start following Coupons.com, please visit http://twitter.com/Coupons or text 'follow Coupons' to twitter.


Air Force Exchange Service Adds 6,000 Scanners

Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) implements 6,000 scanners from
DigiPoS Store Solutions. DigiPoS will begin shipping the Datalogic 2300HS units in April of this year where they will recycle the old scanners in compliance with environmental programs to reduce electronic scrap and hazardous equipment.

DigiPoS has supplied several thousand Retail Blade point-of-sale systems and back office servers in an on-going effort to support AAFES' retail technology requirements. The Datalogic in-counter scanner includes sapphire glass, serial cable with power from power over USB, and a 5 year advanced replacement warranty.

DigiPoS signed their first initial contract for $25 million back in early 2007.

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