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Arby’s uses location-based software to assess its market footprint

BY Marianne Wilson

Redlands, Calif. — Atlanta-based Arby’s Restaurant Group has licensed Esri’s Business Analyst software and business data to help with corporate decision making. Arby’s is using the location-based system to more accurately assess its restaurants and trade areas including growing, remodeling, and relocating restaurants.

"Esri’s Business Analyst has saved our GIS analyst countless hours and has had a positive impact on the Business Development department," said Dave Conklin, senior VP business development, Arby’s Restaurant Group.

Arby’s can now update the locations of its restaurants and business development activity on designated market area (DMA) maps, which describe the activity taking place in individual markets. These maps are readily accessible to users, including development teams working in the field, through the Arby’s intranet. Since the implementation, the teams are able to more easily and quickly monitor the business climate around each restaurant. This provides an opportunity for the organization to model different market scenarios to better serve its current customers and attract new ones.

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Mar-25-2013 11:43 am

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Charming Shoppes and Collective Brands are acquired

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — The retail industry is still assessing the impact of two major deals that occurred within 24 hours of each other. On Tuesday, May, 1, shoe manufacturer Wolverine Worldwide Inc. and equity firms Blum Capital Partners and Golden Gate Capital agreed to acquire footwear giant Collective Brands Inc., operator of Payless Shoe Source, in a deal valued at $2 billion, including assumption of debt. And on Wednesday, May 2, Ascena Retail Group said it will acquire Charming Shoppes Inc., parent company of Lane Bryant, for about $890 million.

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Collective Brands: Under the terms of the Collective Brands transaction, Blum Capital and Golden Gate will jointly acquire the operations of Payless ShoeSource and Collective’s international-licensing arm. Those units had $2.4 billion in revenue in the latest fiscal year and operated more than 4,300 stores, globally.

Wolverine will acquire Collective Brands’ Performance + Lifestyle Group, which includes the Sperry Top-Sider, Saucony, Stride Rite and Keds brands. The brands will join Wolverine’s existing portfolio, which includes Hush Puppies, Merrell and Wolverine.

Charming Shoppes: The acquisition of Charming Shoppes gives Ascena, which owns the Dressbarn, Maurices and Justice chains, entry into the steadily-growing large-size women’s clothing market. In addition to Lane Bryant, Charming Shoppes also owns the Fashion Bug and Catherines Plus Sizes banners, for a total of more than 1,800 stores nationwide. In 2011, nearly 85% of Charming Shoppes’ sales involved plus-sized apparel.

Upon completion of the deal, which has been approved by both boards, Charming Shoppes, which is based in Bensalem, Pa., will become a subsidiary of Ascena.

“Charming Shoppes is a superb strategic fit for Ascena,” said David R. Jaffe, president and CEO, Suffern, N.Y., which operates more than 2,500 stores. “Over the past few years, we have welcomed into our family new brands and new team members while delivering increasing value to shareholders. We believe that Charming Shoppes will be no exception.”

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I.Adler says:
Jan-22-2013 03:01 pm

Marianne, I'm not sure which is which. In the information about Charming Shoppes, is it the large-size women who are steadily-growing or is it the market for their clothing? Must admit, the wording made me laugh. slimandhealthy101

I.Adler says:
Jan-22-2013 03:01 pm

Marianne, I'm not sure which is which. In the information about Charming Shoppes, is it the large-size women who are steadily-growing or is it the market for their clothing? Must admit, the wording made me laugh. slimandhealthy101

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Sears expands ‘Scrubology’ shops

BY Staff Writer

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings has expanded the availability of its in-store professional apparel shop to 91 Sears and Kmart stores nationwide. The concept, called, "Scrubology," is already open in 39 stores and offers work apparel and uniforms for professionals in industrial, service and healthcare fields.

The concept is a partnership with Work ‘N Gear.

"Sears Holdings is pleased thus far with the performance of the Scrubology concept,” said Dave Schuvie, VP licensed businesses for Sears Holdings. “This venture with Work ‘N Gear and the development of this unique ‘store-within-a-store’ concept has allowed us to provide additional value to our customers."

The expansion of 52 new Scrubology locations inside select Sears and Kmart locations will occur by May, said the company.

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