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Gap to launch limited-edition menswear collection

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New York — Gap announced that it plans to launch a limited-edition collection for men designed by GQ’s six Best New Menswear Designers in America for 2012, starting Sept. 27.

With price points starting at $20 for items such as boxer briefs and ranging up to $348 for such pieces as a leather bomber jacket, the collection will be available at select Gap stores worldwide and online at Gap.com.

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Fred’s Super Dollar launches $1 holiday layaway

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Memphis — Fred’s Super Dollar announced that it is launching a holiday layaway plan featuring no fees and a down payment of only $1. The plan also offers a $5 gift card to customers for every layaway purchase totaling $50 or more.

“Fred’s realizes that the current economy presents difficult challenges to its customers and Fred’s wants to offer as much assistance as it can,” said Dave Mueller, senior VP sales and marketing at Fred’s, which operates more than 700 discount general merchandise stores in the Southeastern United States. “That’s why we came up with a layaway plan that – with just one dollar down and absolutely no fees – is unlike any others and will stretch shoppers’ dollars during a time when it will be most welcome.”

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Adidas goes live with RedPrairie workforce management

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Atlanta RedPrairie Corp., a global supply chain and retail technology provider, announced that Adidas has gone live with RedPrairie workforce management (WFM) at its Singapore retail locations. Adidas will leverage RedPrairie WFM to increase employee productivity and optimize scheduling to help Adidas deliver optimal customer service to Singapore consumers.

The deployment of RedPrairie WFM complements Adidas’ use of RedPrairie Execution Management at approximately 60 retail stores in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. Since rolling out the solution in April 2011, Adidas has seen improved corporate-to-store communications and task prioritization that has directly impacted store profitability and conversion rates.

“RedPrairie offers powerful workforce solutions that help Adidas to better serve its customers, increase revenue, effectively manage business processes and compliance, and create new efficiencies for management and employees,” said Dave Cran, director of retail at Adidas Singapore. “Adidas is already seeing a return on investment from our deployment of RedPrairie Execution Management and we feel the deployment of RedPrairie Workforce Management will further increase the benefits customers, employees and stakeholders receive from our partnership with RedPrairie.”

With deployment of RedPrairie WFM now complete in the Singapore market, Adidas and RedPrairie will work together to deploy the solution in stores in Malaysia next.

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