Milwaukee-based RedPrairie Corp. is offering hosted services to augment its DLx Transportation Management Solution (TMS). Hosted services include disaster recovery, maintenance, IT administration and integration services. Besides providing retailers the ability to quickly deploy these applications within the transportation management solution, the hosted solutions can save chains IT capital and labor resources.www.redprairie.com
Hand Held Products Inc.
Skaneateles Falls, N.Y.-based Hand Held Products Inc. introduced the Dolphin 7600, the latest mobile computer in its 7000 series. The Dolphin 7600 delivers the functionality and versatility of an industrial-grade mobile computing device packaged in a small, ergonomic, reliable and affordable solution.Featuring Adaptus Imaging Technology 5.0, the 7600 reads any linear or 2D bar-code and captures digital images. Through the combination of 802.11b/g and Bluetooth wireless communication, workers remain connected to mission-critical information throughout the enterprise.www.dolphin7600.com
Experian Group Ltd.
Dublin, Ireland-based Experian Group Ltd. introduced new solutions that will leverage its open-technology platform, MarketOne. First, the company unveiled major enhancements to its Prospectvue customer and prospecting solution. These new Prospectvue capabilities extend the solution’s analytical offerings, enabling deeper insight into channel performance and more comprehensive performance reporting. Meanwhile, Experian introduced its new Atlas customer database solution. Also built on the MarketOne platform, Atlas integrates data integrity processes, consumer information assets, analytics, campaign management software and e-mail service to support customer management. www.experianmarketingservices.com
Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc.
TELentice Global Inc.
A new partnership enables Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc., Frisco, Texas, to support the Minneapolis-based TELentice Global Inc.’s software suite within its Pervasive Retailing Framework. TELentice’s digital retail communications technology provides an agnostic platform that enables retailers to display a wide range of digital media content to multiple devices throughout a store, including sending tailored messages to their customers. Meanwhile Fujitsu’s Pervasive Retailing Framework is designed to minimize the time, cost and risk of creating real-time interoperability between disparate applications and devices that support multiple retailing interactions— including those available through TELentice’s suite.www.telentice.comwww.ftxs.fujitsu.com
The new Web-based SIZE OPTIMIZATION solution from 7thOnline, New York City, is helping retailers and suppliers determine merchandise allocations that will meet unique store-level demand and maximize profit potential. Typically, retailers and suppliers determine size distribution by using national or chain average-size performance rates or by applying local sales ratios by size. Though a mismatch between store size distribution and local demand causes losses in retail sales and gross margins, 7thOnline’s SIZE OPTIMIZATION enables merchants to determine the optimal size distribution by style attribute and store. The solution promises that positive results will maximize gross margin. www.7thonline.com
Everett, Wash.-based Intermec Inc. introduced its newest RFID (radio frequency identification) tag—the Intermec RFID Small Rigid Tag. The compact, reusable unit is ideal for harsh industrial applications where ruggedness, chemical resistance or extreme temperatures are a factor. It is also a companion to Intermec’s EPCglobal interoperability-certified RFID Large Rigid Tag. The small tag measures 1.22 in. by 3.11 in., and is equipped with a wide band antenna design that allows the tag to be used practically anywhere in the world on virtually any surface, including metal, plastic and wood. The compact and rugged design can withstand extreme temperatures from –40 F to 250 F, and long-term exposure to chemicals such as machining oil, methyl ethyl ketone, isopropyl alcohol, acetone and kerosene. The RFID Small Rigid Tag can be used thousands of times, making the new tag more economical than disposable tags. Available in both EPCglobal Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6B protocols, it can be used worldwide.www.intermec.com
Ahold U.S. to Accept Bids on Foodservice Unit
Columbia, Md., Royal Ahold is expected to start accepting bids on its U.S. foodservice division, which has been plagued by financial woes in recent years, in early 2007. Among the companies expected to show an interest in the division are Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.
Nine West Opens International Flagships
New York, Nine West Group, a division of Jones Apparel Group, opened flagship locations this December in Tokyo, Moscow and Vietnam as part of a global expansion initiative that began in early 2006. The new stores marked the debut of the company’s updated store format, which is designed to strengthen the brand’s fashion presence in footwear, accessories and handbags.