SUPPLY CHAIN

Best Buy selects Brightstar to streamline reverse supply chain for mobile devices

BY Staff Writer

Chicago — Brightstar Corp., a global provider of diversified solutions for the wireless device industry, announced that the company has been selected by Best Buy Co. to manage the retailer’s entire inventory of returned mobile devices in the U.S.

Brightstar has worked with Best Buy in the U.S. since 2009, providing technology, product and direct-to-consumer delivery services for the retailer’s mobile device category. Through the new partnership, Brightstar will consolidate and optimize Best Buy’s multiple device return channels, significantly improving efficiency and reducing costs. Best Buy will also leverage Brightstar’s domestic and global distribution channels to improve device resale values in secondary markets, thus offering customers attractive trade-in opportunities to upgrade to the newer product models and technologies.

Brightstar will manage the receipt, sorting, triage, repair, refurbishing and repackaging of mobile phones that come back to Best Buy through its various service programs as well as via general returns and exchanges.

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REAL ESTATE

West Elm to open in Palo Alto, Calif.

BY Staff Writer

Brooklyn, N.Y. — West Elm, a division of Williams-Sonoma, announced that it will open a store at 180 University Avenue in Palo Alto, Calif., on Oct. 18.

The new Palo Alto store will include a collection of decorative accessories and art made by Etsy artists from the South Bay. It will be only the second West Elm store selling goods made by Etsy artists in the U.S.

“We are excited to open a store in Palo Alto that will bring not only our assortment, but also the arts and crafts of some of the talented artists and designers of the South Bay, to University Avenue,” said Jim Brett, president of West Elm. “We are passionate about supporting our local community, and we look forward to developing ongoing relationships with local Etsy artists.”

As in other West Elm locations, associates at the Palo Alto store will be focused on helping customers express their personal style at home. The brand offers free one-on-one Home Stylist services – either in a customer’s home, or in the store’s Design Lab.

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OPERATIONS

Barneys to close store in NorthPark Center, Dallas

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New York — Barneys New York will close its 88,000-sq.-ft. store in NorthPark Center, Dallas. It will remain open until April 2013.

"After careful consideration, Barneys New York has exercised its contractual right to terminate the lease for its Dallas location prior to its expiration," said a spokeswoman.

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