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Claire’s expands into China

BY Marianne Wilson

Chicago — Claire’s Stores Inc. announced the recent opening of the first Claire’s stores in China, in DaNing Life Hub in Shanghai. The company’s second China store will open on Dec. 7, in Grand Gateway Mall in Shanghai.

Claire’s has entered China on an owned and operated basis and has established a new division based in Shanghai.

“We are extremely excited to announce the opening of our first two China stores, and the establishment of our new China division in Shanghai. This opening extends our global reach to 39 countries,” said CEO Jim Fielding

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Sprouts Farmers Markets taps Verisae for improved operations and lowered facility costs

BY Marianne Wilson

Minneapolis — Sprouts Farmers Market has installed enterprise asset management software from Verisae to support the company’s aggressive growth strategy.

The grocery retailer, which recently acquired Sunflower Farmers Market, recently implemented core modules of the Verisae connected facility platform; enterprise asset management (EAM), enterprise refrigerant management (ERM) and enterprise asset purchasing (EAP) solutions.

“Sprouts has had a long, successful history of sustainability, from energy conservation to industry leading low refrigerant leak rates,” said Jerry Stutler, VP construction and facility engineering for Sprouts, which operates more than 140 supermarkets in eight southwestern state. “But we recognized, especially as we grow through acquisition, that we can do more to streamline our maintenance, energy and refrigerant management processes. Adopting Verisae’s platform was the logical next step, and it’s already producing results.”

With Verisae, Sprouts will aggregate and analyze data on the entire lifecycle of their assets including equipment procurement, parts and inventory tracking, remote monitoring of asset efficiency and management of third-party service contractors.

The software also will help Sprouts provide the foundation to create connected facilities that reduce operational costs and a more sustainable organization, and also to comply with the stringent EPA regulations, according to Verisae. The EPA requires every organization that uses refrigerants as part of its operation to be fully compliant with Section 608 of the Clean Air Act.

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Ethan Allen will use Demandware’s global commerce capabilities to grow online presence

BY Marianne Wilson

Burlington, Mass. — Demandware announced Ethan Allen Interiors will leverage the Demandware Commerce platform as the digital foundation of its global expansion strategy.

Ethan Allen recently launched its first site on the Demandware platform in Canada to coincide with the grand opening of its first Design Center in Montreal. Ethan Allen plans to re-launch its U.S. e-commerce site with Demandware in 2013 in addition to site launches in other countries, including Europe, to support its new design center in Brussels.

“We are focused on growing our global business by generating awareness for our brand including where we do not yet have brick and mortar locations.” said Farooq Kathwari, chairman and CEO of Ethan Allen. “Our expanded online presence, powered by Demandware, will help us reach more customers to raise awareness of the Ethan Allen brand, while also driving traffic into our international Design Centers. With Demandware, we can roll out sites quickly across the globe and deliver the high level of customer service for which Ethan Allen is known.”

Beyond the capabilities that enable global operations on a single instance, the new Ethan Allen sites will incorporate a number of features to enhance the shopping experience. Each country specific site will also provide local currency pricing and offer multiple language options for the customer.

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