REAL ESTATE

Former Grand Union stores converted to Tops banner

BY Marianne Wilson

Williamsville, N.Y. — Tops Friendly Markets has officially unveiled 12 former Grand Union stores in eastern and northern New York under the Tops banner at grand re-opening ceremonies.

The new Tops branded stores include stores in Saratoga, Warrensburg, Warren, Franklin, Essex, Clinton and Fulton counties.

"The entire Tops team has worked very hard to that ensure our new store customers will have a more enjoyable shopping experience as they see the many changes in the setting, amenities and an increased variety of products that our neighborhood stores will offer," said Frank Curci, Tops’ president and CEO. "And we want to continue the tradition of giving back and being active members of the local community."

Actual store improvements vary by individual store, Curci said, but all provide a wider variety and selection of favorite brand products, interior and exterior renovations as well as refinished store fronts.

The 12 Grand Union stores were part of a 21-store acquisition that Tops entered into an agreement for in July 2012.

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Shop.org re-elects ChannelAdvisor CEO to board

BY CSA STAFF

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Shop.org, the digital arm of the National Retail Federation, has re-elected Scot Wingo, co-founder and CEO of ChannelAdvisor, a leading provider of cloud-based e-commerce solutions for retailers and manufacturers, to its board of directors.

Wingo was re-elected to the 20-member board for another two-year term by existing Shop.org members along with executives from Belk, HSN, Razorfish, Tory Burch and Urban Outfitters.

“I’m thrilled to be re-elected to the Shop.org board, and I’d like to congratulate and welcome the newest members,” said Wingo. “I’m very passionate about the e-commerce industry, and I look forward to continuing my service with the organization and working with such an impressive list of thought leaders to help shape the digital commerce landscape.”

ChannelAdvisor offers retailers and manufacturers leading cloud-based solutions to efficiently automate and manage the online selling process across channels such as third-party marketplaces, paid search and comparison shopping engines, with rich media.

“Shop.org aims to be the world’s most valued membership community for digital commerce, and we are thrilled to welcome returning members as well as the new members to the board this year,” said NRF SVP and executive director of Shop.org Vicki Cantrell. “Together, this group of e-commerce executives will be strong ambassadors for our organization and inspire online sellers to share information and insight about online and multichannel retailing.”

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Get on Walmart’s e-commerce site and maybe in stores

BY CSA STAFF

Walmart has begun the latest installment of its social media-inspired merchandising initiative known as, "Get on the Shelf."

The program, developed by the company’s digital think tank @WalmartLabs, affords entrepreneurs the ability to have their product featured on Walmart.com and possibly in select Walmart stores. The company issued an open call to anyone with an interesting product to enter between now and July 31 by submitting a video to https://getontheshelf.walmart.com.

"We’re calling on entrepreneurs and inventors from across the country to help us discover the next big thing. In return, Walmart is giving them exposure to millions of potential customers," said Joel Anderson, president and CEO of Walmart.com. "Get on the Shelf taps into the spirit of American innovation and gives our customers a voice in selecting the products that will help them live better."

Businesses and product developers can submit entries for products that complement the assortment of items sold on Walmart.com, such as electronics, home, toys and apparel. All entries will be screened by Walmart merchants before the public is asked to vote on their favorite products later this summer. Then, Walmart merchants will select up to 20 product finalists that will be featured in an original web series produced by VIMBY, The Mark Burnett Digital Studio. The weekly web series will be available at https://getontheshelf.walmart.com and the public vote will determine each week’s winning item.

Through this process, up to five winning products will be chosen to be sold on Walmart.com. One or more of these winners will be selected as a grand prize winner based on the number of online pre-orders from customers, and could potentially be sold in select Walmart stores.

By all accounts last year’s program was a success with more than 5,000 entries received and more than one million votes from across the country. Last year’s grand price winner was Humankind Water and runners up included PlateTopper and SnapIt Eyeglass Repair Kit.

The Get on the Shelf platform was created by @WalmartLabs, the technology arm of Walmart Global eCommerce which designed it to be scalable and robust enough to process a high level of product entries, votes and traffic. Since the initial U.S. Get on the Shelf contest in 2012, the platform was used to source greeting card designs, which were submitted and voted upon by customers.

 

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