SUPPLY CHAIN

Chinese supermarket chain chooses supply chain platform

BY CSA STAFF

Atlanta Global supply chain optimization provider Manhattan Associates, announced that QKL Stores, a regional supermarket chain in Northeast China, has chosen Manhattan ILS: Integrated Logistics Solutions, built on Microsoft.NET, to support its expanding store network in the Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning Provinces and in the autonomous region of inner Mongolia.

The solution will be installed initially at QKL Stores’ 211,000-sq.-ft. regional distribution center in Harbin, Heilongjiang and will allow the retailer to increase its picking options within the facility (by pallet, case, split case, carton) and introduce accelerated distribution techniques, such as cross-docking and flow-through.

The solution will be integrated with and complement other systems including radio-frequency technology and QKL Stores’ merchandising and enterprise resource planning systems.

We’re embarking on an aggressive store-expansion program and while we needed a sophisticated distribution infrastructure, we wanted a proven and flexible supply chain technology platform that would not only support and facilitate our continued growth but could be deployed in a relatively short time frame,” said QKL Stores COO Alan Stewart.

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Macy’s boosts ‘Believe’ campaign

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NEW YORK Macy’s announced that it is expanded its “Believe” campaign this holiday season to support the Make-A-Wish Fundation.

This year, the retailer is launching a national Santa Tour, an honorary National Believe Day, a “Yes, Virginia” animated special, a new TV commercial featuring Queen Latifah, and an interactive Believe Web site at macys.com/believe. 

“Macy’s Believe effort really inspired people last holiday, and customers and communities across the country responded in a big way,” said Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “Not only did we collect more than a million letters and hit our $1 million goal for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, but we saw wonderful and unexpected examples of schools and communities coordinating letter drives to help support this effort. To build on that excitement this year, Macy’s Believe campaign will layer on new elements including taking Macy’s Santa on tour, designating a special Believe Day to celebrate the holiday spirit, and premiering a new animated holiday special that tells the ‘Yes, Virginia’ story. This holiday, America will be inspired to Believe again.”

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Report: B&N says consolidation key to business health

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During an investor presentation on Oct. 27, Barnes & Noble said that in order to survive its stores need to do well in addition to its online division.

According to Publishers Weekly, executives spoke of consolidation and how this would help the health of the business. The book retailer currently operates 700 superstores. Taking steps toward reducing the number of stores, B&N will close all of its Dalton outlets by the end of January.

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