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Dollar General outsources enterprise data warehouse

BY CSA STAFF

New York City 1010data has signed a multi-year contract with Dollar General to host the discount retailer’s enterprise data warehouse and provide the front-end analytical tools and related support for the chain’s entire enterprise. This solution is being delivered via 1010data’s namesake service, an analytics and reporting platform that uses a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model in the cloud.

Dollar General currently generates over five billion records of data annually and has accumulated more than 70 billion records of historical and operational data. Rapidly growing data volumes have exhausted the capabilities of the company’s existing data warehouse infrastructure. After conducting extensive testing and an ROI analysis, Dollar General selected 1010data.

“1010data’s ability to deliver and support our business requirements from raw source data with no pre-preparation of the data is impressive,” said Ryan Boone, senior VP, CIO, Dollar General, Goodlettsville, Tenn. “Performance was a key factor in our choice of 1010data over other viable solutions.”

According to Boone, 1010data’s ability to instantly execute concurrent and complex queries was also a key factor.

“We have already improved our support of reporting and analytics throughout the company, and we look forward to developing additional applications utilizing the support of our 1010data environment,” he said.

Under the agreement, Dollar General will use 1010data’s hosted solution for all data-warehousing needs for its operations, which includes more than 8,500 stores, nine distribution centers and its corporate office.

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Staples working to protect the forests

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Staples and Dogwood Alliance are teaming up with other conservation groups, wood products companies and landowners to announce a new project that will protect forests, combat climate change and help develop sources of paper and wood products certified to the high standards of the Forest Stewardship Council, FSC.

The Carbon Canopy is focused on forests in the Southern U.S., the largest paper and wood-producing region in the world where 90% of the forests are privately owned. The Carbon Canopy’s goal is to create financial incentives for landowners to increase forest conservation and restoration efforts and to certify management practices to the high standards of FSC.

Carbon Canopy partners include: Staples, Dogwood Alliance, Columbia Forest Products, Pacific Forest Trust, FSC US, Rainforest Alliance, Green Press Initiative, Domtar, The Home Depot, Environmental Defense, Interface, The Forestland Group and The Keystone Center.

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Target’s dropping the prices on hot toys

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MINNEAPOLIS , Minn. Target is cutting prices on top toys this holiday season.

As of Oct. 1 through the holiday season, a selection of toys will be discounted up to 50%.  Some of these discounted items include Barbie Fashion Doll, GI Joe Tough Troopers Figure and the Fisher-Price Little People Play ‘N Go Farm Set 50th Anniversary edition.  The full assortment of discounted toys can be found online at Target.com/weeklyad.

If Target does not offer the lowest price, Target stores nationwide will match locally advertised prices from other reatilers on identical single items.

For more information on Target and Target’s Low Price Promise, visit Target.com.

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