FINANCE

Big merger in digital signage

BY Marianne Wilson

Stratacache has acquired majority control of Scala Inc.

“Stratacache has great admiration for the Scala platform, the Scala team, the Scala Reseller Channel and the great history of the company," stated Chris Riegel, CEO of Stratacache. "With the Stratacache acquisition of Scala, we believe that we can help Scala and its partner channel realize the runaway success that Stratacache has experienced in the digital signage industry, while significantly improving the depth and breadth of products and services for Scala customers and channel partners worldwide."

The acquisition brings significant operational scale and cost advantages to Scala and will directly benefit the Scala dealer channel through Stratacache’s commitment to additional channel investment, resources and solutions that will broaden the scope of offerings for the reseller channel.

“This consolidation of capabilities enables better service of needs on the global stage through the combined strengths of these preeminent suppliers, each of which has been central to digital place-base media application and advancement,” said digital media specialist Lyle Bunn.

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Off-pricer announces further Canadian expansion

BY Marianne Wilson

Nordstrom Rack has announced a fourth location as it makes preparations to drop anchor north of the border.

Nordstrom announced that Nordstrom Rack will open a 35,000-sq.-ft. store at South Edmonton Common in Edmonton, Alberta, in fall 2018.

The property is owned and managed by Cameron Corporation and CREIT.

"We want to be in compelling locations with a great retail mix, and we feel our new store at South Edmonton Common helps us to achieve that goal," said Karen McKibbin, president of Nordstrom Canada.

The Edmonton store joins three previously announced Nordstrom Rack locations planned for Canada, with two in Toronto and one in Calgary.

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Robot welcomes shoppers at high-tech store in Palo Alto

BY CSA STAFF

A start-up consumer electronics retailer has deployed a friendly-looking, white plastic robot named Pepper to greet shoppers.

In a two-week test, high-tech retailer B8ta is the first retail store in the United States to deploy the humanoid robot, which is from Japan’s SoftBank Robotics, Mercurynews.com reported.

To date, SoftBank has more than 10,000 of the robots in Japan, where it is being used in retail stores, banks, and even consumers' homes. SoftBank plans to test Pepper at other U.S., stores before rolling it out for sale here later this year, the report said.

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