IHL report details growing use of tablets and impact on POS
New York — More than four million tablets will be used in retail by 2015, according to IHL Group. The group’s new report, “Mobility: A Gutenberg Moment for Retail, A Threat to POS,” has forecasts for rugged handhelds, consumer handhelds (i.e., iPhones, iPod Touch), and tablet computers to be used at store level from now until 2015 in North America.
Some of the key highlights include:
While many would suggest that rugged handhelds will just get replaced by lower priced consumer devices, this will not be the case as this market will rise close to 30% over the next four years through more competitive offerings.
Shipments of nonrugged small format handhelds will increase 400% from 2010 to 2015.
By 2015, more than 2.7 million tablets a year will be shipped for use in North American retail/hospitality, fundamentally changing some segments.
All of these handhelds will have a dramatic impact on traditional POS shipments over time, reducing overall POS shipments by 11% in 2015 and in some segments as much as 20% from previously forecasted volumes.
For more information or to purchase the report, go to IHLservices.com.
In-store marketing gets a new taste at Albertsons
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Consumers are busier than ever and are inclined to spend as little time shopping for groceries as possible, so attracting them enough to stop and sample a new product is a challenge. Albertsons is looking to address that issue by teaming with Daymon Interactions, a consumer event marketing company, to develop a new in-house product sampling and event marketing program.
"A Taste of Albertsons" is designed to connect shoppers with vendors through personalized product sampling events, Daymon noted in a press release. The instore events began Oct. 1, and throughout the first year of operation, A Taste of Albertsons will be featured throughout the United States in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. According to the company, these events will focus on sampling, product launches, holiday promotions, meal-solutions and more. A dedicated sales staff will be on hand to engage customers as well.
“Through this new and dynamic shopping experience, we are able to better serve and bring more value to Albertsons and our vendor partners,” said Daymon Interactions business manager Denise Decker who will lead the Albertsons account. “Daymon Interactions has a fresh and engaging way to approach in-store events and I think shoppers will respond positively.”
HanesBrands announces new CFO, other executive appointments
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — HanesBrands announced that it has promoted Richard Moss to chief financial officer effective immediately.
Moss, 53, who has served as the company’s treasurer since January 2006, was chosen to fill the open CFO position after an extensive review of internal and external candidates, HanesBrands reported. Moss will oversee the company’s global finance, investor relations and corporate development functions.
“I am pleased to announce Rick’s well-deserved promotion to CFO,” said Hanes chairman and CEO Richard Noll. “Rick has been an instrumental member of the Hanes finance team since the company’s spinoff and has played an integral role in our success. As CFO, he will add significant value to the company based on his finance skills, knowledge of the business, and his past experience as CFO of a publicly traded company.”
Moss, who will report to Noll, has been responsible for treasury, corporate development, risk management, and the tax and credit functions at Hanes. Prior to joining the company, he served as vice president and chief financial officer of publicly traded Chattem Inc., a leading marketer and manufacturer of over-the-counter consumer health-care products. He has also held treasurer and senior finance positions with Sealy Mattress Company, Ansaldo Signal NV, Union Switch & Signal, and General Motors’ Saturn Corp. subsidiary.
The company also announced the appointment of Gerald W. Evans Jr. and William J. Nictakis as co-chief operating officers with joint responsibility for running all of the company’s businesses. Reporting to the co-chief operating officers will be the presidents of the company’s innerwear, outerwear, and direct-to-consumer businesses, as well as the leaders of the company’s international businesses. Evans and Nictakis will also oversee the company’s global supply chain and information technology functions.
Evans, 52, who most recently was president of the company’s international businesses and the company’s global supply chain, joined Hanes in 1983 and has served in numerous leadership and senior executive capacities. Nictakis, 51, who most recently served as president of domestic businesses, joined Hanes in 2007 after significant success as a senior executive of commercial operations with Sara Lee Corp.’s Food & Beverage division and PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Inc., subsidiary.
Dale W. Boyles, HanesBrands’ controller and chief accounting officer who served as interim CFO since May has been appointed to the new position of operating chief financial officer, reporting to Moss. Boyles, 50, will lead the finance organization that supports Evans and Nictakis as co-chief operating officers.