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Chico’s taps PTC for enterprise product lifecycle management

BY CSA STAFF

Needham, Mass. — PTC announced that Chico’s FAS has selected PTC Windchill FlexPLM product lifecycle management software to harmonize operations across category, brand, and departments.

By choosing Windchill FlexPLM across all of its brands, including Chico’s, White House|Black Market and Soma Intimates, the company is demonstrating a commitment to increase operational and inventory efficiency and reduce development time and production cost.

“When evaluating PLM vendors, we wanted software that was not only going to help us drive productivity and reduce costs, but we wanted a solution that was going to be easy to use,” said Krissy Blakeway, senior VP of Chico’s design and product development. “As the technology leader, PTC was the unanimous choice of our user community. We believe that as we move forward and standardize on Windchill FlexPLM, our ability to be first to market with the latest fashion will be enhanced.”

By implementing Windchill FlexPLM, Chico’s expects to realize reductions in materials costs, cycle times and product development costs.

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Anna’s Linens extends contract with Transplace for third-party logistics

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Dallas — Transplace, a provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, today announced the continuation of its relationship with Anna’s Linens through a full contract expansion. The value-priced home-furnishings retailer will continue to leverage Transplace’s managed services solution and logistics technology for all domestic transportation management activities.

Since 2008, Anna’s Linens has contracted Transplace to manage all inbound shipments to its distribution centers located in Texas, Calif., and North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as all outbound freight to its 271 stores, spanning 19 states. As a result of employing Transplace’s on-demand TMS, Anna’s Linens has successfully improved transportation processes and execution, which has increased freight visibility and cost savings, and improved efficiency across Anna’s Linens’ enterprise.

“We looked to Transplace to bring industry expertise and comprehensive logistics technology, and work collaboratively with Anna’s Linens to transform our supply chain,” said Miles Tedder, VP supply chain for Anna’s Linens. “Transplace’s experience in the retail industry and overall service offering has allowed Anna’s Linens to reduce its overall freight expense, consolidate and optimize inbound/outbound shipments, and streamline and enhance delivery processes and communication to our stores located throughout the country.”

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In the Pink selects Opterus for communications and store execution management

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Toronto — Opterus, a provider of web-based task management and store communications, announced that In the Pink Stores has chosen Opterus Store Ops-Center for improved communications and store execution management.

With most of their stores located at remote resort communities in New England, In the Pink’s unique business model incorporates a short-selling season with extremely high peak weeks, and some are only open part of the year.

“Our resort stores are largely staffed with seasonal employees and the Opterus store communications platform is well suited to help us support them said Gordon Russell, CEO, In the Pink Stores, which is the nation’s largest Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store retailer. “We also plan on integrating Store Ops-Center with some of our other solutions, such as our POS/Inventory Control System, to take advantage of Opterus’ extensive web services.”

Store Ops-Center is an on-demand, web-based retail portal designed to communicate corporate policy, day-to-day objectives, tasks and handle issues between corporate office and store locations. It enables retailers to rapidly and accurately transfer information to the stores completely and more effectively helps them to make more informed strategic enterprise-wide decisions. Retailers can easily deploy the Software as a Service (SaaS) Opterus solution with minimal IT impact, while providing improved store operations efficiency immediately upon deployment.

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