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Abercrombie & Fitch taps IBM to expand online business

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Armonk, N.Y. — IBM announced that Abercrombie & Fitch Co. is working with IBM software to help the company transform its online business to achieve greater speed and efficiency. The initiative is part of Abercombie’s strategic goal to expand its direct-to-consumer capabilities and drive its e-commerce business to $1 billion.

"Abercrombie & Fitch Co., and its portfolio of brands including Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister Co, Abercrombie kids, and Gilly Hicks, is growing its e-commerce and cross-channel operation dramatically in the coming years. We require a world-class solution that will scale over time, bolster international expansion, and support cross-channel commerce. IBM’s e-commerce and order management solutions meet our requirements for infrastructure, scalability, and future growth," said John Deane, senior VP and CIO at Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Abercrombie & Fitch is using IBM’s WebSphere commerce platform for its branded storefronts, both domestically and internationally. The company is adding IBM order management software, which includes call center functions for accessing and updating customer orders, to provide the retailer with the operational foundation it needs to move toward providing seamless, integrated cross-channel solutions.

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REAL ESTATE

Aaron’s appoints VP real estate and construction

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Atlanta — Aaron’s announced that Jeannie M. Cave has been hired as the company’s new VP real estate and construction. She will be responsible for a number of activities including the development of strategies that support Aaron’s real estate goals and the management of the company’s real estate portfolio for both company-operated and franchised stores.

Cave brings 10 years of leadership experience from Cox Enterprises.

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South America’s largest retailer selects SAP solution to help manage carbon emissions and energy consumption

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New York City — The Grupo Pao de Acucar, the largest retailer in South America, has selected the SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand solution to monitor and manage carbon emissions and energy consumption in each of its 1,832 stores. The solution, from SAP, will help the group, long recognized as a sustainability leader for retailers both in Latin America and globally, to more effectively control greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase the data quality of environmental reports submitted to financial and sustainability regulatory agencies.

The announcement was made at the National Retail Federation’s 101st Annual Convention & Expo, being held Jan. 15-18 in New York City.

Since 2008, The Grupo Pao de Acucar has been committed to sustainable business practices, including reducing waste, encouraging recycling and re-use of recycled materials, and developing sustainable products and production processes. SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand will help the company mitigate its environmental footprint and further its sustainability goals.

"Before selecting SAP Carbon Impact OnDemand, we used an external firm to collect and report on this information," said Hugo Bethlem, VP, The Grupo Pao de Acucar. "The new solution will allow us to bring this process in-house, making it more efficient and providing us with more operational control. We will gain both valuable insight and a robust tool for proactively managing emissions and energy consumption. The Grupo Pao de Acucar will be one of the first retail companies in Latin America to inventory its carbon emissions. From this measurement, we will be able to create plans to reduce the GHG emissions and carbon footprint of our operations."

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