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FatWallet.com releases Black Friday Deal Finder

BY Dan Berthiaume

Beloit, Wis. – FatWallet.com is launching its 2013 annual Black Friday Deal Finder online tool and mobile app. The Deal Finder is already featuring multiple Thanksgiving and Black Friday ads from top stores, including Macy’s, Radio Shack, Lowe’s and Target.

New and improved features to this year’s Black Friday Deal Finder include:

  • Deal Comparisons: Shoppers will see the Black Friday sale price, the current price and competitor pricing (when available), allowing options to buy it early or add to favorites and wait for Black Friday.
  • FatWallet Checkout: Black Friday shoppers can now make 2twoclick purchases directly FatWallet and avoid using multiple retailer shopping carts. One click begins checkout and another click completes the purchase, confirming the after-tax price, shipping charges and cash back (when available).
  • Advanced Filtering: Enhanced for faster searches and more streamlined user experience, shoppers can also save and revisit any filter setting.
  • Trending Deals: Shoppers can quickly scan the days "top trending deals", or view "just added" and "most popular" deals with a single click.

"With the short December shopping season this year, we expect retailers to be more aggressive in November with increased early sales opportunities," said FatWallet president Ryan Washatka. "Our Black Friday Deal Finder is optimized to be a true one-stop resource throughout the holiday season, helping early shoppers compare all the advertised deals to find the best savings possible."


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Kenneth Cole Productions implements PLM technology

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York — Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. has implemented Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM software for its men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel and footwear lines. The vertical retailer is using the product lifecycle management (PLM) solution to ensure its many teams are able to collaborate and communicate optimally to increase speed and efficiency of getting products to market.

“In order to manage an operation of this size and diversity, it’s important to have everyone on the same page,” said Arthur Bargonetti, senior VP of operations, Kenneth Cole. “With YuniquePLM, we can avoid the holdbacks of small errors that snowball into larger ones due to miscommunication between our designers, sourcing teams and international vendors by having all of the information in a single location.”

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Crossmark adds Janet Carter-Smith to executive lineup

BY CSA STAFF

Crossmark has appointed former GlaxoSmithKline executive Janet Carter-Smith as VP of business development.

In her role, Carter-Smith will be focused on working with new client opportunities across Crossmark’s portfolio of services.

“We are very excited about the customer connectivity, industry experience and problem-solving skills Janet brings to our team,” said Jim Norred, Crossmark EVP of client development. “She has a great reputation in the industry as a person who brings innovative thinking and delivers solutions that are mutually beneficial for all parties. Her unique background will be instrumental in helping us bridge the gap between sales and marketing for our clients.”

Before joining Crossmark, Carter-Smith spent 17 years at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, most recently serving as VP of corporate development. She led customer development across all classes of trade, managed external trade and industry communications and served as commercial lead for cross-sector collaborations and enterprise-wide initiatives with GSK Pharmaceutical, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare businesses. She also recently served as a senior consultant for Park City Group, a SaaS company that serves the CPG and retail industry.

Carter-Smith has served in a leadership role in numerous industry associations including chairperson for the Retail Liaison Committee and the Annual Executive Conference Planning Committee for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, Retail Advisory Board member for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Education Leadership Council for the Global Marketing Development Center, and the Health, Beauty and Wellness Advisory Committee for Healthcare Distribution Management Association. She also was the ambassador for GSK’s national sponsorship in the Network of Executive Women.

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