Cato deploys Celerant Technology for e-commerce site
Staten Island, N.Y. — Women’s apparel retailer Cato has made its debut into the world of online shopping with the launch of its first ever e-commerce site. With the help of its implementation partner Celerant Technology, the new website will support the growth of the brand and will offer the same collections as its brick-and-mortar stores, as well as additional sizes, colors and exclusive items.
“We are thrilled to enter the world of ecommerce,” says John Cato, Cato’s chairman, president and CEO “This significant milestone fully rounds out our services and offerings, along with our 1,100 Cato stores. Now our customers have the opportunity to access our fashions and accessories at any time from the comfort of their own devices.”
Stewart’s Shops automates delivery scheduling
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. — Stewart’s Shops, a chain of 300 convenience stores offering gasoline and fresh and local dairy products and ice cream, has deployed Paragon Software’s Single Depot solution to automate the planning of daily and seasonal deliveries. Paragon’s software automates the manual process of planning and scheduling deliveries to the retail outlets, lowering mileage, reducing fuel usage, and improving truckload efficiencies.
“We have a tremendous amount of variables that affect delivery to each shop, such as time windows, delivery door restrictions, and vehicle restrictions, that go into planning,” said Ryan Faville, transportation manager at Stewart’s Shops. “With the Paragon software, we get a holistic look at our operations and have been able to make significant improvements in vehicle utilization. Optimizing routes with Paragon has helped us to considerably reduce miles driven.”
Industry vets form Burke Gillis Juliano Group to assist retailers
Naples, Fla. – Retail and consumer products industry veterans Vince Burke, Jim Gillis and Rich Juliano have founded of the Burke Gillis Juliano Group, a global consultancy focused on the supermarket, mass retail, convenience, drug and specialty retail trade channels. Burke Gillis Juliano Group offers executive management, market strategy, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, business development, product marketing, trade relations and related services to retailers, suppliers and vendors in the U.S. and globally.
At the core of the new company are partners with senior retail and supply leadership experience. Vince Burke comes from Hallmark Cards and Rich Juliano worked at Supervalu, Genuardis Family Markets and Giant Eagle. Jim Gilli has broad consulting, P/L management, private equity and both public and private board experience.
“The Burke Gillis Juliano Group is drawing on decades of experience, contacts and market understanding to provide our clients with the best advice to meet their short-, medium- and long-term goals. Jim, Rich and I are personally involved with each engagement, virtually guaranteeing success,” said Burke.