SUPPLY CHAIN

Hudson’s Bay selects TradeStone for merchandise lifecycle management software

BY CSA STAFF

TradeStone Software said Thursday that Hudson’s Bay Trading Co. has selected the company’s Merchandise Lifecycle Management solutions to unify the retailer’s design, sourcing, ordering and delivery of private-label and branded goods.

Hudson’s Bay Trading Co., parent company of Lord & Taylor and its namesake Canadian chain Hudson’s Bay Co., which operates more than 600 retail locations across its banners the Bay, Zellers, Home Outfitters and Fields.

TradeStone’s MLM suite will replace Hudson’s Bay’s legacy import management systems and provide a shared merchandise backbone to help increase efficiencies across the organization.

TradeStone’s software will also help eliminate disparate sourcing, ordering and delivery systems such as emails and spreadsheets and provide a single system that offers cross-functional visibility, interaction and collaboration for a more agile and integrated retail supply chain.

“We were very focused on creating an integrated process from design to our store shelves across each of our banner organizations, and TradeStone demonstrated its ability to meet our needs through the capabilities of its solution as well as the experience and retail knowledge of its team,” said Dan Smith, CIO, Hudson’s Bay Co.

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American Eagle to debut kids concept store at Cherry Hill Mall

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American Eagle Outfitters Inc. said Thursday it will premier one of its first seven children’s apparel concept stores, 77kids, at Cherry Hill Mall this summer.

77kids by american eagle, geared toward fashion-forward kids ages two to 10, is a first-to-market for the area, and will open in six additional markets this summer. The store features a “Pick Yer Prize” Goodie Bar with prizes and candy, games, and interactive touch screens where kids can play Store DJ, pose for and personalize photos, play digital paper dolls to “try on” 77kids outfits, and enjoy a make-believe world of animated characters in a special mirror.

The store opening at Cherry Hill Mall caps a $200-million complete renaissance of the center, which includes the addition of white-linen restaurants Seasons 52, Maggiano’s Little Italy, The Capital Grille, and California Pizza Kitchen; a new parking deck; the addition of an upscale retail wing; a redesigned and relocated food court now called Cherry Hill Cafes, and extensive interior and exterior renovations.

Additional retailers will be announced throughout 2010. Cherry Hill Mall is owned and managed by Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT).

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Tommy Hilfiger to debut new brand and store format

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Tommy Hilfiger Group will debut a new line, Tommy, targeted at young men and women in their twenties, Women’s Wear Daily reported.

The brand will debut in Canada, with three freestanding stores and in dedicated areas of 14 existing Tommy Hilfiger stores in Canada, according to the report. Stores will average 4,000 sq. ft. to 4,500 sq. ft.

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