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Cree acquires Ruud Lighting

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Durham, N.C. — Cree has acquired Ruud Lighting, a supplier of LED outdoor lighting, at an estimated net cost of approximately $525 million. The companies’ shared focus on best-in-class LED-based systems has led to thousands of LED lighting installations over the past several years, Cree said.

Ruud Lighting will continue to be based in Racine, Wis., and will operate as a subsidiary as part of Cree’s lighting business.

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Joseph-Beth Booksellers to implement Jesta I.S. Vision Suite

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New York City — Jesta I.S., a supplier of enterprise business solutions for retailers, manufacturers and distributors in the apparel, footwear and specialty industries worldwide, announced Wednesday that Joseph-Beth Booksellers has selected Jesta I.S. solutions to power its business operations.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers will implement the Jesta I.S. Vision Store, Vision Merchandising, Vision Planning, and Vision E-DOM, enabling the integration of all its information in a single solution.

Vision Suite will manage inventory and transactional information in an integrated retail system, bringing together all of the data and tools required to support Joseph-Beth’s retailing and distribution operations.

“This key initiative will allow us to integrate some key tools for better servicing our customers, enable more visibility on managing our business, and drive better overall efficiencies for our business,” said Mark Wilson, CEO, Joseph-Beth Booksellers.

Joseph-Beth Booksellers operates locations in Lexington, Ky., Cincinnati and Cleveland.

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A&P selects DemandTec for deal management

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San Mateo, Calif. — DemandTec said Wednesday that The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. has selected DemandTec’s Deal Management software service on the network.

DemandTec’s Deal Management will streamline A&P’s deal and allowance management capabilities by converting the current paper-based approach into a collaborative, digital workflow across multiple divisions, formats and store clusters. A&P will capture vendor-submitted deal information in a secure online setting, negotiate and manage each deal, establish control points for data accuracy, and store information for seven years, providing an electronic trail to help support regulatory compliance.

The software service will be integrated with A&P’s existing systems to leverage current automation for coupon, tag, and sign production as well as automated billing and invoice reconciliation.

“Through A&P’s partnership with DemandTec, we expect to not only gain near-term benefits through a more streamlined, collaborative deal management workflow with our suppliers, but to also support a broader end-to-end promotion planning strategy that maps to our existing systems,” said Tom O’Boyle, executive VP merchandising, marketing and supply chain at A&P.

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