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Coldwater Creek launches closing activities of stores, website

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Boston — Gordon Brothers Group and Hilco Merchant Resources have, effective May 8, launched the total liquidation of Coldwater Creek brick-and-mortar stores and its website.

The joint-venture team is conducting closing sales at all Coldwater Creek stores and online, offering 30% to 50% off all items.

“We thank our many customers and dedicated employees for their tremendous loyalty over the years and are very proud of our associates’ commitment to maintaining our award-winning customer service and positive shopping experience we are known for throughout this transition,” said Jim Bell, CFO, Coldwater Creek.

The Sandpoint, Idaho-based women’s apparel chain will shutter all 365 stores across the U.S. It announced last month that it had filed a Chapter 11 voluntary reorganization petition and would wind-down all operations around the Mother’s Day timeframe.

The move wasn’t a big surprise, as Coldwater Creek had sought a potential buyer in late 2013 and had unsuccessfully tried to secure additional financing to deal with looming debt.

The closures deliver about 2.2 million sq. ft. of space back to the market.

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Manhattan Associates unveils mobile, transportation solutions for retailers

BY CSA STAFF

Manhattan Associates is releasing new mobile and transportation management solutions. The supply chain technology vendor announced the new applications at its Momentum 2014 conference in Hollywood, Florida, May 5-8.

Among the new mobile technologies showcased is a tablet-based application released as part of Manhattan’s 2014 Labor Management (LM) software. The new application delivers a mobile experience to new and existing functionality within LM, including Dynamic Employee Management, an interactive employee scorecard displaying current and historical metrics; Employee Interactions, which performs on-the-spot employee observations and document interactions and coaching directly on the supervisor’s mobile device; and Standards Validation, which captures, validate and analyze labor activity standards in real-time through any mobile device.

Manhattan Associates also showcased the mobile capabilities of its Store Inventory & Fulfillment product suite, which is now available on iOS devices, and a new mobile proof of delivery application, which is integrated within its Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Transportation Management System (TMS). This automates a manual, paper-based process and helps to improve customer service and delivery accuracy.

All three mobile applications were developed using Manhattan’s TouchTop Mobile Framework and application development infrastructure.

Furthermore, Manhattan Associates introduced the 2014 release of TMS. New capabilities include the addition of probabilistic modeling, where shippers can perform a variety of “what-if” scenarios, such as determining optimal freight term assignment, as well as improved parcel management and shared transportation forecasts with carriers.

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PetSmart leverages social media for first-ever Inspiration Waggin’ tour

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PetSmart is hitting the road for its first-ever Inspiration Waggin’ six-city tour in the United States and Canada, and is leveraging social media to promote it.

As the truck makes its way across the country, dogs, puppies and cats will visit retirement centers, university campuses and local spots so people can benefit from a wagging tail and some unconditional love. The Inspiration Waggin’ will make stops in:

  • Los Angeles: May 9
  • Phoenix: May 12
  • Dallas: May 14
  • Chicago: May 16
  • Toronto : May 20
  • New York City: May 22

“The purpose of the Inspiration Waggin’ tour is to bring pet-inspired moments to people across the country,” said president and CEO David Lenhardt. “PetSmart is all about creating more moments for people to be inspired by pets with our unique products, services and experiences, and the Inspiration Waggin’ is a great example of our commitment to this mission.”

Pet lovers throughout the U.S. and Canada are encouraged to follow the Inspiration Waggin’ journey at http://www.inspiredbypets.com/tour-tracker and to share their own pet-inspired moments using hashtag #inspiredbypets on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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