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Axonify and Toys ‘R’ Us Canada team toward employee training

BY Staff Writer

Waterloo, Ontario — Axonify Inc. said Thursday that Toys ”R” Us Canada has selected Axonify’s next generation eLearning platform to deliver training content to its employees.

Axonify said it will assist Toys “R” Us Canada in integrating learning into the daily activities of its more than 5,000 associates, while providing a personalized experience that addresses a variety of generations, knowledge levels and learning styles.

“This represents an important investment in our employees and emphasizes our focus on enhancing service levels and creating an increasingly positive shopping experience for our customers,” said Mary Hewton, VP human resources at Toys ”R” Us Canada.

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Pier 1 Imports launches new e-commerce initiative

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Fort Worth, Texas — Pier 1 Imports said Thursday it has launched a fully redesigned website, Pier1.com, with a lineup of new features, including “Pier 1 To-You” allowing users to buy products online and have them shipped to any location in the continental United States.

Additional options continue to include “Pier 1 To-Go,” which launched in June 2011 and allows customers to pay for selected product offerings online and pick them up in-store with no shipping charges.

Pier 1 said the new site allows for easier navigation of the company’s product assortment, and now features “Get Inspired” and “Learn How” editorial content sections.

“We are extremely delighted with the successful launch of our new e-commerce enabled website, Pier1.com, which allows customers to shop our unique array of merchandise while selecting the shipping destination of their choice,” said Alex W. Smith, president and CEO.

Key project partners included Demandware, Jagged Peak, Sogeti, Alliance Data and The Richards Group.

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Big Lots profit takes hit in Q2; announces executive changes

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Columbus, Ohio — Big Lots reported Thursday that net income for the quarter ended July 28 slipped to $22.1 million, from $35.7 million in the year-ago period.

Sales in the United States edged up 1.7% to $1.18 billion, from $1.16 billion, and domestic same-store sales decreased 1.9% for the quarter.

In Canada, the company recorded a loss for the quarter of $3.3 million, widened from its loss of $1.2 million last year.

Big Lots has lowered its guidance for the year. It also announced a lineup of organizational changes, including the resignation of executive VP of merchandising Douglas Wurl. Stepping in will be John Martin, who has been serving as executive VP administration but served as executive VP merchandising prior. He has been promoted to executive VP and chief merchandising officer.

Other promotions include Lisa M. Bachmann to executive VP and COO; Charles W. Haubiel II to executive VP, chief administrative officer; Timothy A. Johnson to senior VP, CFO; and Michael A. Schlonsky to senior VP human resources.

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