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Interbrand Design Forum adds nine associates

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Dayton, Ohio — Retail design and brand strategy firm Interbrand Design Forum has added nine new associates as business continues to grow with key retail and manufacturing clients.

Allen McCormick has been named executive director, overseeing relationships with key client partners. Becky Lau was hired as senior consultant, strategy and analytics. Aaron Stancik is also new to the Strategy & Analytics group where he will serve as a senior consultant working on projects for Michael Hill and FedEx.

In the role of associate director, client services Adam Davis assists with the oversight of projects for some of the firm’s largest clients.

Clare Bottenhorn comes to Interbrand Design Forum from Banana Republic where she was a visual specialist. She joins the team as a graphic designer where she will work on a wide variety of retail projects.
Andrea Hubler is a new addition to the production team, hired as a graphic production designer. As the new BIM manager, Cindy Parvez manages implementation, automation, innovation, evaluation, training, support, software, and standardization for BIM (building information modeling).

Kelly Mikola joins the team as a program manager, client services where she’s working on projects for Kia, Honda, Mazda and Acura.

Preetika Tiwari is a new project coordinator/planner managing rollouts of several major retail brands.

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Digital fulfillment firm adds to DC network

BY CSA STAFF

E-commerce facilitator Newgistics has opened three new distribution facilities in Kentucky, California and Illinois encompassing more than 600,000 square feet.

The Austin-based provider of ecommerce solutions and services for leading brands and retailers said the move expands its network of distribution centers nationwide to allowing it to offer competitive costs and faster, more efficient shipping services coast-to-coast. Including the new facilities, Newgistics now operates nine SmartCenters, which handle parcel delivery and return shipments. Two SmartCenters also operate as fulfillment centers, in addition to three exclusive fulfillment centers.

The new facility in Kentucky is located in the community of Hebron and measures 500,000-sq.-ft. and is regarded as a full solution facility because it is capable of handling fulfillment, parcel delivery and returns. The California is also regarded as a full solution facility although it measure only 128,000-sq.-ft. and is located in the city of Commerce. The third facility is located in Chicago called a SmartCenter because it is a parcel and returns facility.

“These new facilities demonstrate our continued growth as a company and our commitment to providing our shipping customers a best-in-class experience at a cost-effective price point,” said Bill Razzouk, chairman and CEO of Newgistics. “Each location was carefully selected because it is well-situated to minimize transit times and shipping expenses for direct-to-consumer merchants.”

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Cloud-based solutions provider appoints CEO

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Connect Address, a leading provider of cloud-based solutions for increasing online shopping cart conversions in real-time, has named Tom Flynn as the company’s CEO.

"I am excited and pleased to be working with such a forward-thinking team and product," said Flynn. "Most companies in our space address shopping cart abandonment with basic retroactive tools. Connect Address delivers software and solutions to improve clients’ social media presence, increase Web traffic and convert online shopping carts in real-time."

Prior to joining Connect Address, Flynn was the co-founder of Lavante Inc., a cloud-based supply chain management software firm where he served as VP of sales and marketing. Before starting Lavante Inc., Flynn co-founded AuditSolutions, which pioneered cloud-based audit software for finance departments at Fortune 500 enterprises.

"We are excited to bring on someone with Tom’s market-facing expertise and track record of success," said Cass Riese, co-founder of Connect Address. "With his arrival, we now have all the necessary pieces and the right leadership to execute on our vision and drive results."

Flynn joins Connect Address during a period of growth that has recently seen expansion of both their East Coast and West Coast offices as well as the addition of new hires across all departments.

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