SUPPLY CHAIN

European retailers select GT Nexus for transportation control

BY Dan Berthiaume

Oakland, Calif. – The Society for Research of Synergies (SRS) and its company members will place their supply network onto the GT Nexus platform to optimize global transportation costs representing $247.7 million per year. SRS is a global synergy organization representing the interests of 20 European retailer groups, including Groupe Auchan, Groupe ADEO, Pimkie, Orsay, Kiabi, Happychic, H.T.M., Mobivia, Ephigea and Tapis Saint Maclou.

SRS will migrate from an outdated home grown transportation sourcing solution to an automated and integrated environment that provides visibility into a single set of transportation data. Collaborative processes using GT Nexus enable SRS and its trading partners to seamlessly submit orders, monitor carrier responses, view analytics and optimize spend. Contract rates, service levels, carrier awards and amendments are managed in a shared electronic network to deliver visibility into transportation execution data. SRS will also be able to conduct its transportation negotiations based on real and actual data to further improve cost savings.

“We operate SRS as a centralized organization designed to optimize processes and leverage synergies for transport activities among more than 30 affiliates,” said Olivier Richard, transport manager of SRS. “GT Nexus enables us to consolidate complex demands from numerous organizations and handle multi-brand transportation forecasts, while delivering and servicing various product categories. Our vision is multi-modal transport visibility across all brands and product lines that will allow us to optimize our transport spend while operating a smarter, more agile supply network.”

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Rite Aid acquires Health Dialog Services Corp.

BY Staff Writer

Camp Hill, Pa. — Rite Aid on Tuesday announced it has acquired Boston-based Health Dialog Services Corp., a provider of health coaching, shared decision making and healthcare analytics from Bupa, a London-based international healthcare services group. Through the acquisition, Health Dialog will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid.

Rite Aid’s acquisition of Health Dialog will also support and advance Rite Aid Health Alliance, a health management collaboration among various healthcare providers who deliver comprehensive care and support to individuals with chronic and poly-chronic health conditions. Health Dialog has been working closely with Rite Aid over the past year as the program has been developed, and currently provides care coaches for Rite Aid Health Alliance.

"This acquisition will provide Health Dialog with an expanded footprint to grow its existing business as well as further leverage the company’s coaching services’ expertise as we work to bring Rite Aid Health Alliance to more Rite Aid markets and customers," stated John Standley, Rite Aid chairman and CEO. "Additionally, we will benefit from Health Dialog’s industry-leading analytics and shared-decision making tools, helping us to better serve the health and wellness needs of our customers and further develop our pharmacy services as a growing retail health care company."

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Tyco Retail releases TrueVue 5.0

BY Dan Berthiaume

Neuhausen, Switzerland — Tyco Retail Solutions has released TrueVue 5.0, the latest version of its flagship retail software suite and an extension of its TrueVue Retail Platform. With this new release, customers can now receive mobile reports via iOS devices to monitor key store performance metrics anywhere, anytime.

Available in the Apple App Store, the TrueVue app provides access to Tyco Retail Solutions’ loss prevention, traffic and inventory metrics from any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch device. By arming retail field and store level associates with key data metrics on demand, they are empowered to make better decisions, fueling operational improvements.

Built to scale up from a single location to an entire retail enterprise, the TrueVue software suite is designed to allow customers to add new capabilities as the business requires, and uses a common integration approach intended to lower operating and ownership costs.

“We understand the power of mobile technology today, and its influence on the retail store environment,” said Nancy Chisolm, VP and general manager Tyco Retail Solutions. “With the mobile capabilities in TrueVue 5.0, we are providing store personnel with immediate access to critical store data, eliminating the need to leave the sales floor or wait for updated information in order to take action. This seamless integration enables on-demand decision making, which better equips store associates to meet the needs of their customers. We will continue to enhance our offering with cutting edge technology as the retail environment evolves, customers’ demands increase, and the store remains central to the success of the retail industry.”

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