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Citi Trends Names President, COO

BY CSA STAFF

Savannah, Ga. Citi Trends Inc. on Monday named David Alexander president and COO, effective immediately.

Alexander, 51, was previously a consultant at private-equity company APAX Partners, and before that he was chief executive of PCA, which operates photography studios at Wal-Mart stores. He was president and COO at Family Dollar Stores Inc. from 2003 to 2005.

George A. Bellino was the most recent person to have the title of president. He retired as president and CMO in April. The COO position is new.

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Retail Industry Cut 91,300 Jobs in Nov.

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New York City The U.S. retail industry cut 91,300 jobs in November, marking the biggest employee-loss in 34 years.

November marked the 12th consecutive month of retail job reductions and was well-above the industry’s average monthly pace of 40,000.

Overall, the nation’s employers cut 533,000 jobs in November, pushing the unemployment rate to a 15-year high of 6.7%.

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Multidev Technologies Announces New Store-Budgeting Functionality

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Montreal-based Multidev Technologies Inc., principal provider of fully integrated business solutions for the retail industry, announced this week that it has released their new Store Budgeting functionality which is fully integrated within its leading retail-management solution, ChainDrive, offering its clients and perspective customers an added feature to its already robust system.

ChainDrive’s Store Budgeting features provide retailers the possibility to set sales objectives, view comparables and establish Key Performance Indicator (KPI) targets. This budgeting tool provides a platform that has the ability to set and monitor store objectives using real-time data as well as accumulates historical statistics allowing for immediate action for improved and meaningful results.

The Store Budgeting tool does much more than simply set sales targets; it allows the head office to control what data is visible to the store and produces the view that best represents its requirements for goal setting, reporting and analysis. It also provides the capability to manage stores by district, area or type and ranks them against any set target.

“We always strive to develop and enhance ChainDrive and recognize the importance of offering a solution that evolves and advances with the needs of the retailer in mind,” stated Mark Carter, executive VP of Multidev Technologies. With the addition of our new Store Budgeting functionality, our retail customers will truly benefit from a tool that clearly communicates their budget goals and objectives directly to the store level.”

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