REAL ESTATE

GlamOn launches automated store at Harrah’s resort

BY Dan Berthiaume

Hollywood, Calif. – Direct-to-consumer cosmetics retailer GlamOn Inc. is operating an automated beauty store at Harrah’s Resort Southern California in Valley Center, California. The store is based on an automated retailing system from AVT Inc.

The system is the first of its kind that provides luxury beauty products, skin care, hair care, grooming items and gifts, from an automated retailing center. The selections are usually only sold in luxury stores, upscale dermatologist offices, and exclusive spas, as well as the GlamOn e-commerce site.

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SUPPLY CHAIN

Panjiva: U.S. imports up in July

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Imports to the U.S. were up in July from June, and there was a measurable year-over-year increase. According to a new report from supply chain research firm Panjiva, July 2014 showed levels of imports 2% higher than imports in July 2013.

The numbers of these shipments coming into the U.S. rose 5% from June 2014 to July 2014. Following the typical annual trend, Panjiva data shows that July has the highest level of imports of any month in 2014. This is likely the peak of the retail-holiday import cycle, with stores stocking up for the 2014 holidays.

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Formosa Supermarket selects NCR to improve customer experience

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Paulo, Brazil — NCR Corporation announced that Formosa Supermarket, one of the biggest supermarket chains in Brazil, chose an NCR hardware solution to expedite service in its stores.

Formosa Supermarket enjoys some of the highest revenues per store and by checkout in Brazil. Increased store activity, combined with hot and humid weather conditions required Formosa Supermarkets to incorporate a solution that not only handled large volumes but could also stand up to the climate.

“In a competitive marketplace, we have to constantly improve the experience for our customers, giving them a reason to choose Formosa Supermarket,” said Paulo Oliveira, CFO at Formosa Supermarkets. “Our new NCR technology solution helps improve the customer experience, and create greater efficiency within our stores with faster, more accurate scans that improve traffic flow.”

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