REAL ESTATE

City Furniture launches expansion program

BY CSA STAFF

Miami – City Furniture has launched a $17.5 million expansion program to construct or renovate five stores from Miami to West Palm Beach, beginning with the major renovation of its Dadeland store in Pinecrest. The program calls for three store openings during 2012.

“We’re confident in South Florida’s future,” said Keith Koenig,president, City Furniture. “We’ve been acquiring properties for this expansion for the last few years, and while it may seem we’re going against the economic tide, the timing is right. We’re seeing increases in year-over-year sales, plus well-timed opportunities to dramatically increase sales at proven locations.”

Each store in the expansion is being designed to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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SUPPLY CHAIN

Sleepy’s and RedPrairie extend supply chain platform

BY Staff Writer

Atlanta — Global supply chain solution provider RedPrairie Corp. said Tuesday that Sleepy’s, The Mattress Professionals has signed an agreement to use RedPrairie Warehouse Management, Workforce Management, Transportation Management and Fleet Management solutions for its distribution centers and delivery fleet of almost 400 vehicles.

Mattress retailer Sleepy’s has worked with RedPrairie since 2002. The company is updating and expanding its use of RedPrairie WMS and WFM in seven distribution centers with almost 600 employees. It will also start using RedPrairie’s TMS and Fleet Management to better serve its customers, especially during the retailer’s peak weekend and post-weekend delivery periods.

“As Sleepy’s continues to expand into new geographic markets and across the Web, we remain focused on providing unparalleled customer service,” said Don Rowley, executive VP and CIO at Sleepy’s. “RedPrairie’s integrated enterprise solutions will help us to meet customer demands across our entire supply chain ecosystem, from sourcing all the way through to customer delivery.”

Sleepy’s plans to integrate RedPrairie’s WMS, WFM, TMS and Fleet Management to provide visibility into anticipated inventory, labor and delivery service levels throughout the supply chain. This will help Sleepy’s to better manage its inventory and distribution center workforce levels, and make its fleet management system more agile to rapidly meet changing customer delivery requirements. Sleepy’s will also use RedPrairie’s TMS and WMS to manage parcel deliveries of Web orders for its bedding, pillows and fabrics.

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OPERATIONS

Charming Shoppes expands online presence globally

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Bensalem, Pa. — Plus-size retailer Charming Shoppes said Tuesday that it expanded its online reach globally, allowing worldwide online access to fashion brands Lane Bryant, Cacique, Catherines, Fashion Bug and Loop 18, as well as the more than 300 brands offered at the company’s new plus-size shopping hub, Sonsi.com.

Charming Shoppes’ partnership with New York City-based e-commerce provider FiftyOne has expanded online shopping to more than 80 countries and territories worldwide. According to the company, all international orders are inclusive of duty, VAT and customs clearance with no surprise C.O.D. charges.

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