Davaco expands operations into Canada
Dallas — Davaco announced that the company has set up an operational division in Canada that can support global consumer brands with multi-unit programs in every province throughout Canada.
Davaco established its office near Toronto in 2011 to service immediate client needs, and is now available to provide services for additional clients in the growing Canadian marketplace.
Davaco Canada provides the following high-volume services for global consumer brands in retail, restaurant and hospitality sectors including: project management; rollouts, resets and remodels; fixture and equipment upgrades; graphics, digital signage or menu board installations; merchandising; surveys; design services; and special initiatives.
Kmart launches walk-in bill pay program
Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Kmart announced it is launching an in-store bill pay program that will allow customers to pay bills from more than 3,000 companies—everything from electric, gas and cable bills to credit card statements and auto loans.
The program is being offered through the CheckFreePay walk-in bill payment service from Fiserv (FISV). Customers seeking an easy and convenient way to pay bills in person can now visit any Kmart store nationwide.
"We are continuously seeking convenient ways to help customers manage their personal finances. The debut of Kmart’s in-store bill pay program does just that – it gives our customers access to a fast and convenient way to pay bills and manage their finances," said Keith Brand, DVP Alternative Financial Services for Kmart.
Macy’s in deal with online retailer in China
Cincinnati — Macy’s Inc. will start selling some of its private brand merchandise directly to shoppers in China through a deal with an online retailer there.
The chain said it will the goods through a Macy’s section on Omei.com, a newly established China-based online retailer of in-season luxury and fashion brands operated by VIPStore Co., a Chinese e-commerce firm and parent company of Omei.com
In addition, Macy’s has made an equity investment of $15 million in VIPStore. Macy’s Inc. joins other venture capital providers, including Intel Capital, in acquiring a minority stake in the company. Along with Omei.com, VIPStore operates Jiapin.com, an established flash sales site.
“Our relationship with VIPStore will allow us to gain additional experience in the fast-growing Chinese market, and to better understand how consumers across China interact with Macy’s and the products we sell,” said Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and CEO of Macy’s. “We continue to believe there is significant long-term opportunity internationally for both Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s. But we need to be certain that our future decisions in this regard are based on fact and experience.”
The Macy’s section on Omei.com is expected to begin selling an assortment of I.N.C. women’s and men’s fashions in spring 2013. Other Macy’s private brands are planned to roll out in the following seasons.
Visitors to the Macy’s section of Omei.com can link to the full merchandise assortment available to Chinese customers on macys.com. Orders placed through Omei.com will be filled locally through that company’s facilities in China. Orders placed by Chinese customers on Macys.com will be fulfilled through the United States, as they are today.