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Crocs deploys Centric Software to manage product development

BY Marianne Wilson

Los Gatos, Calif. – Crocs will implement Centric Software’s product lifecycle management software. Crocs will implement the full Centric 8 PLM suite to manage its product development process, including concept, design and sourcing.

The company will implement the Centric system on a worldwide basis to hundreds of users, including Crocs suppliers and partners. Crocs will integrate Centric 8 with its SAP enterprise software, according to Dale Bathum, Crocs’ chief product officer.

“Centric’s unique blend of product, team and execution plan makes it clearly the best choice for Crocs,” said Bathum. “Centric 8 will help Crocs speed development, and gain visibility earlier in the product development cycle to make better decisions.”

Crocs will implement two of Centric’s patent-pending mobile apps in the deployment: Centric 8 Collection Book for Fashion iPad and Capture It for iPhone. The Collection Book for Fashion iPad app will allow Crocs to link its footwear collections in the PLM system to corporate and retail buyers in the showroom through an interactive mobile device. The Capture It for iPhone app will let Crocs users take and upload photos directly to the Centric 8 PLM system quickly, accurately and easily, making them instantly available for review, mark-up and analysis.

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American Greetings founders raise private offer

BY Staff Writer

Brooklyn, Ohio – The Weiss family, which founded the public American Greetings greeting card company is now looking to take it private. As reported by Reuters, the Weiss family is raising an existing buyout offer of $18.20 per share to $19 per share.

The increased offer was contained in a regulatory filing made July 1.

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Ikea keeps electric car spark going with 24 new charging stations

BY CSA STAFF

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — Leading home furnishings retailer Ikea has extended its partnership with ECOtality, a clean electric transportation and storage technologies company, and plans to add 24 Blink electric vehicle charging stations across eight more locations in the United States.

The newly designated sites include seven stores in Illinois, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Texas, as well as the U.S. corporate office. The retailer anticipates installation to begin this month and expects to complete it by end of summer this year. Installation of these units will bring the total number of Blink charging stations at Ikea locations to 55. Two years ago, Ikea installed a combined 31 units at nine Western U.S. stores in Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington.

“We are fortunate to be able to expand this relationship with ECOtality, bringing EV charging stations to more Ikea locations across the U.S. since Ikea stores are typically visible and accessible from key points within a local metropolitan area,” said Ikea U.S. president Mike Ward. “Increasing access to EV charging stations advances our goal of helping coworkers and customers — as well as members of the communities in which we operate — live more sustainable lives.”

“We are pleased to now have Blink charging stations in nearly half of all Ikea locations in the country,” stated H. Ravi Brar, CEO of ECOtality. “Ikea is a household name well-known for their sustainability efforts, and we are proud they have chosen Blink as their EVSE provider of choice.”

The eight locations now scheduled to install EV charging stations are stores in: Atlanta, Ga.; Bolingbrook, Ill.; Conshohocken, Pa.; Frisco, Texas; Houston, Texas; Philadelphia, Pa. and Schaumburg, Ill. Additionally, the Ikea U.S. corporate office in Conshohocken also will have units available.

There are currently more than 340 Ikea stores in 41 countries, including 38 in the U.S.

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