REAL ESTATE

Haggar supports store expansion

BY CSA STAFF

Dallas – Haggar Clothing Co. is supporting a planned expansion of its store presence in the U.S. and Canadian markets with the implementation of multiple solutions from Epicor Retail Software. Haggar seeks to open 10 to 15 new stores annually in the U.S. through 2017 and two to three stores a year during the next four years throughout Canada.

To help manage currency, customer, merchandising and new market considerations, Haggar is rolling out Epicor retail merchandising, planning, retail store, audit and operations management, retail CRM and retail business intelligence modules.

"Epicor offers an integrated software system that has made the transition into Canada much easier for us as compared to many other systems we reviewed,” said Jackie Randall, VP retail division of Haggar. “Their CRM offering is robust, and it’s helping us to clearly understand who is shopping our brand in Canada, thus allowing our team to track and capitalize on regional trends and shopping patterns to ensure our marketing and merchandising is spot-on from the minute we open our doors at each location."

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FINANCE

Rona closes 11 stores as part of restructuring

BY Staff Writer

Boucherville, Quebec – Canadian home improvement retailer Rona Inc. is closing 11 non-profitable stores as part of a broader restructuring plan. Rona will also reduce administrative, marketing, merchandising and distribution expenses and eliminate 125 administrative jobs. In February 2013, Rona cut 200 jobs.

Rona rejected an unsolicited $1.72 billion USD buyout offer from Lowe’s in August 2012.

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Dick’s unveils digital training platform

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Pittsburgh – Dick’s Sporting Goods is launching a digital athletic training platform in partnership with sports training provider IMG Academy. The platform, known as “Day One,” operates across PC, mobile and tablet devices and provides comprehensive training information for fall, winter and spring sports including football, soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, golf and tennis.

Digital offerings include a library of training videos that cover sport-specific skills, speed and strength exercises, as well as nutrition and mental conditioning. The specialized instruction is delivered by IMG Academy’s coaches and athletic and personal development experts.

“We are thrilled to join with IMG Academy to provide athletes with a best-in-class online destination to better prepare them to be untouchable from day one of every season,” said Lauren Hobart, chief marketing officer and senior VP for Dick’s Sporting Goods. “This unique experience provides an extensive library of expert counsel, instruction and integrated training that will equip and empower athletes to better reach their potential.”

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