STORE SPACES

Casual Male DXL implements AccessVia for in-store signage

BY Staff Writer

Seattle — AccessVia announced Tuesday that Casual Male DXL is printing color shelf-edge product signs using AccessVia Web dSignShop.

Signs are printed in the store on an as-needed basis, allowing the retailer to produce full-color sign designs immediately on-site.

The AccessVia Publishing Platform allows for printing to virtually any type of printer — from thermal handheld printers to high-end color laser printers or large-format poster printers. Among the signing products that can be produced in-store are shelf-edge labels, fact tags, coupons and more.

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Books-A-Million abandons bid to buy 30 Borders stores

BY CSA STAFF

Birmingham, Ala. — Books-A-Million said late Monday that it was unable to put a deal together to acquire the leases and assets of 30 Borders bookstores out of bankruptcy.

"The company’s efforts to secure the inventory, fixtures, equipment and leasehold interests for 30 Borders stores has ended unsuccessfully because the parties could not agree on terms and the going out of business sales at these locations commenced," Clyde B. Anderson, Books-A-Million CEO, said.

"We worked exhaustively in an effort to acquire these stores and reach agreements with all of the parties whose consent was necessary. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful,” Anderson added.

Borders Group filed for bankruptcy protection in February, and received court approval last week to liquidate all 399 stores. The retailer said at the time it was talking to Books-A-Million about buying 30 to 35 store leases and inventory.

A group led by liquidation firms Hilco Merchant Resources and Gordon Brothers Group are now holding going-out-of-business stores at all Borders stores.

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NPD names home improvement director

BY CSA STAFF

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — The NPD Group Inc. has named Kevin Gilbert as director of home improvement, reporting to Perry James, the president of home and office supplies.

Prior to joining NPD, Gilbert was VP client solutions at SymphonyIRI, where he managed the Diageo and Kraft accounts. In addition to his role at SymphonyIRI, Gilbert spent many years in the packaged goods industry in category management, sales development, and trade planning roles, working with such companies as Kellogg, Bayer, and Pinnacle Foods.

In his new role, Gilbert’s key focus will be to develop and launch a new point-of-sale (POS) service for the home improvement business.

“Kevin’s strong syndicated marketing research and point-of-sale background will certainly make our focus on a new home improvement POS service a reality,” said James. “Our home improvement team looks forward to working with Kevin as we continue to build the business.”

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