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Industry News - April 17th, 2009



Game Crazy Rolls Out 1,300 POS Printers

Game Crazy installs Epson's TM-T88IV thermal POS printers with high-speed USB in all 560 stores. The rollout began in October 2008 and was completed in January. The product is being distributed through BlueStar USA.

"Consumer demand for video games has exploded, which has fueled our growth including the opening of new concept stores in 2009," says Craig Miller, senior vice president and CIO. "To successfully manage this growth, and deliver an exceptional customer experience, we knew that it was critical to improve the speed of service and efficiency in our stores. Our partnership with Epson allows us to meet these needs. The TM-T88IV is easy to use, and allows our associates to spend more quality time with our customers."

Game Crazy's Epson TM-T88IV POS printers are backed by Epson's Spare-In-The-Air Program, a service that provides an alternative to on-site repair. If an Epson printer should fail for any reason, Game Crazy can call Epson and a replacement unit is express-shipped overnigh


RetailMeNot.com Becomes Destination Hub for 90,000 Printable Coupons

RetailMeNot.com, a top consumer destination for coupons, discounts and promotional codes for merchandise, travel and services, today announced several strategic partnerships with leading printable coupon sources. The partnerships will fuel RetailMeNot.com Printable, a new feature of RetailMeNot.com that provides consumers with more than 90,000 printable coupons for manufacturers' discounts and local offers. By partnering with MoneyMailer.com, redplum.com and Valpak.com, users will have free access to more printable in-store coupons on RetailMeNot.com than any other Web site.

RetailMeNot.com has become synonymous with online coupons, with 150,000 online coupon codes and discounts and upwards of nine million visitors each month. Now, with the site's expansion into printable coupons, RetailMeNot.com is the first and only one-stop resource for coupons, for both online and in-store discounts. RetailMeNot.com will continue to add partners to expand the volume of coupons offered on the site.

The first companies to partner with RetailMeNot.com Printable are:

MoneyMailer.com, the premier national direct marketing company that optimizes advertisers ROI through the integration of shared mail, one-to-one, mobile advertising as well as online coupon circulation via MoneyMailer.com.

redplum.com, a Valassis-owned destination site and network for finding great deals and discounts as well as product information and advice. redplum.com offers coupons from thousands of retailers, manufacturers and vendors.

Valpak.com, one of the largest local savings sites on the web, offers consumers great values from businesses and service providers in their neighborhood. From restaurant savings to home improvement discounts, each month consumers view more than 20 million offers from Valpak.com."


dELiA*s Improves Inventory Planning with Store Planning

dELiA*s localizes its offerings across all of its dELiA*s retail stores with Predictix Store Planning. dELiA*s selected Predictix Planning in the first quarter of 2008, and was live with Predictix Store Planning in July.

"We've been impressed by the flexibility and power of Predictix Planning," said Daniela LaRosa, senior director of planning and allocation, dELiA*s. "We now have the ability to plan down to the store and item level and can run multiple scenarios on the fly, which is essential for in-season re-planning."

Predictix Planning offers full-featured planning modules over the Web on a monthly subscription basis. Predictix Planning modules include strategic planning, merchandise financial planning, item planning, channel planning, store planning, store clustering/grading, space management, category management, assortment optimization, assortment planning, promotional planning and price optimization. With Predictix Planning, dELiA*s has also been able to support its growing planning needs.

"Always, yet especially now, we are striving to be more efficient," said Caryl Paez, senior director of information technology, dELiA*s. "With Predictix, we didn't have to buy any hardware, software, or third party licenses, and we no longer have to deal with ongoing operations or upgrades. We've accomplished our goals at a fraction of the cost of other alternatives, yet we haven't compromised the support we are receiving from our technology partner."


Barnes & Noble Debuts 'Blogging Booksellers' Feature

Barnes & Noble debuts its 'Blogging Booksellers,' a new feature in the Barnes & Noble Studio, an online destination featuring Web video series and multimedia content about books, readers and writers.

As a nod to customers' favorite book shopping experience - chatting with the sales staff about their favorite reads and recommendations - the Barnes & Noble Studio has created Blogging Booksellers, a program where Barnes & Noble booksellers from various stores around the country create and upload their own video blogs about their latest recommended reads and local store events.

Blogging Booksellers currently features 11 bloggers in nine cities across the country, with more to be added. Selected for their extraordinary passion and knowledge about books, the bloggers are tasked with creating short, entertaining, and informative videos, while giving a friendly face to their local stores. The video blogs, updated weekly, are filmed with user-friendly Flip cameras, offering a real-life and personalized account of recommended weekly reads, exciting news about local stores events, and other inside scoops from Barnes & Noble's stores and Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com).

Additionally, the 'Store Locator' on Barnes & Noble.com now allows visitors to identify stores with Blogging Booksellers in residence - a unique way for consumers to find their local 'celeb' bloggers. This journal-like view of the stores and their communities offers a personalized, insider's feel to Barnes & Noble, giving online users and store visitors alike a unique shopping experience.


RedPrairie Unveils Warehouse Management 2009

RedPrairie launches the latest release of its Warehouse Management system,
Warehouse Management release 2009 to help retailers meet the challenges of multi-channel retailing.

E-commerce retailers will be able to take advantage of the new releases'Optimised outbound repacking' tool, aimed at sites that send out one or two products to a large number of end customers. This packing module helps reduce packing time and enables integration with multiple carrier systems to provide labelling and carrier selection.

The upgraded system has improved functionality, including support for hanging garments. The system allows clothing to be hung and tracked on and off rails, within user designed zoning and dimension constraints such as weight, length and drop, leading to greater efficiency throughout the supply chain.

Rules to optimise repacking have been added, to manage how packages are combined and scheduled for delivery, reducing handling and carrier costs. The integration with RedPrairie's Duty Management application allows for more accurate tracking of duty to comply with regulations as well as enabling deferment of duty payments.

The enhanced system also includes de-catalogued stock management which helps e-commerce sites selling products with a high level of seasonal SKUs. These products require strategic replenishment management, and Warehouse Management 2009.1 provides an automated process that identifies inventory for these products and can automatically prepare orders to transfer such product out to pre-determined destinations.


Predictix Launches SaaS Suite for Consumer-Centric Merchandising

Predictix launches its consumer-centric merchandising suite. The Predictix suite is delivered in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscription model and helps retailers and brands choose the right merchandise assortment for each store to strategically pricing, promoting and replenishing products.

The Predictix Consumer-centric Merchandising suite includes the following:

Planning + Allocation. Predictix Planning + Allocation consists of Web-based modules that include features that planners need on a daily basis, and features dynamic hierarchies, dimensions and clustering, and built-in flexible reporting and analysis. Predictix Planning + Allocation includes modules for strategic planning, merchandise financial planning, item planning, space management and assortment optimization.

Pricing + Promotions. Enables consumer-focused regular price, promotions, and markdown planning, guidance and optimization and market basket analysis. The platform combines scientific analysis with intuitive, user-driven pricing processes to ensure that retailers and brands deliver what their customers need while achieving their sales, unit and profit objectives.

Forecasting + Replenishment. Yesterday's "black box" and unwieldy forecasting and replenishment systems are obsolete with Predictix Forecasting + Replenishment, which feature real-time scenario comparisons, actionable recommendations and results, and intuitive workflow-based interfaces.

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