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Bonobos automates AWS infrastructure

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Online apparel retailer Bonobos is automating its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud infrastructure with the Opscode Hosted Chef solution. Using Hosted Chef and its Knife EC2 command-line plug-in for AWS, Bonobos’ engineering team can now manage more than 150 cloud servers and ensure 100% uptime for its website operations. The retailer is automating processes including configuration management and application delivery, as well as responding to spikes in customer traffic and orchestrating application updates.

"Hosted Chef just works. It’s more reliable, predictable, and powerful than any other automation platform I’ve worked with before," said Jeff Hart, senior director of engineering and systems infrastructure, Bonobos. "Plus, because it’s hosted, I never have to worry about managing it myself. I just enter some code and whatever I need to do is done right, every time."

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Office Depot offers online teacher checklist

BY Dan Berthiaume

Boca Raton, Fla. – Office Depot is launching a new online school supplies checklist that allows teachers to build, store and share checklists of required school supplies through an online platform. Teachers can use a starter list with recommended supplies by grade level or customize their own checklist to share with parents, allowing them to make purchases directly from the website or print the list for in-store shopping.

In addition, every school supplies checklist links to its corresponding school code so that shoppers who use a teacher’s list can help their schools get 5% back for free supplies through Office Depot’s 5% Back to Schools Program.

“Office Depot recognizes that teachers are the backbone of our educational system, and we want to ensure that they have the resources they need,” said Bob Moore, executive VP and chief marketing and merchandising officer for Office Depot. “The Office Depot School Supplies Checklist online platform makes it effortless for parents and students to find what they need for the upcoming school year, while also giving back to the schools in their communities.”

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ShopperTrak: June 2013

BY CSA STAFF

Total U.S. Shopper Traffic in Retail Stores and Malls for June 2013

Shopper activity slightly decreased last month, thus returning to seasonal standards after May holidays. Retail foot traffic decreased 1.3% in June compared to May 2013, a slight departure from recently reported positive month-over-month retail trends. However, foot traffic for June 2013 was relatively flat compared to the same month in 2012 — with an increase of 0.3%.

The only holiday during the month of June — Father’s Day — did not generate as much total foot traffic as May’s holidays of Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. In June, shoppers took a cue from the moderate weather and instead focused on slowly replenishing their summer wardrobe and warm weather supplies.

“Although June’s foot traffic was relatively slow, the Fourth of July holiday — and some consumers’ decision to take the entire week off from work — may cause stores to see an increase in shopping and spending,” said Bill Martin, ShopperTrak founder. “In addition, some retailers will begin to gear up for the back-to-school season during the second half of July, which may also contribute to an increase in traffic and sales for the month.”

ShopperTrak’s data and analyses in this article are based on counting billions of shoppers in more than 60,000 locations across 90 countries. ShopperTrak counts more retail foot traffic than any other company in the world. The retail technology company collects and analyzes anonymous foot traffic, queue times and shopper demographics to identify revenue opportunities. Find out more at http://www.shoppertrak.com.

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