OPERATIONS

Jacksons Food Stores selects Acumera to build and manage secure network

BY Staff Writer

Austin, Texas — Acumera announced today that Meridian, Idaho-based Jacksons Food Stores, Inc. has selected Acumera to build, monitor and manage a secure network, interconnecting the convenience store chain’s more than 200 retail locations with more than 1,900 store systems.

Using the Acumera Merchant Gateway, AcuVigil Dashboard and Machine-to-Cloud Integration Engine, Jacksons will experience enhanced information security, connectivity and visibility across the company’s enterprise.

Consistent attention to connectivity, security and visibility of all aspects of retail technology, as well as strong carrier relationships are items, which led Jacksons to the selection of Acumera, according to Patrick Abernathy, Jacksons’ director of information technology.

“From visibility of individual devices and alerts on potential issues before they have an operational impact, to discreet network segmentation at the switch level and management of broadband carriers, Acumera is now our one source company for our network integration and management,” Abernathy said. “Acumera provides sophisticated network services, which enable us to provide better remote support for our stores and freeing up staff time to focus on other systems and projects. We believe that enlisting Acumera not only satisfies our functional requirements, but also enhances our ability to conduct better support for our locations.”

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Tanger Outlets Ocean City $3 million renovation nearing completion

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Greensboro, N.C. — Tanger Outlets said Tuesday that the multi-million-dollar renovation of its newly acquired Ocean City property is nearing completion, with an unveiling slated for the end of May.

Following its January 2012 acquisition of Ocean City Factory Outlets, Tanger rebranded the center Tanger Outlets Ocean City and launched a $3-million renovation that includes a newly expanded Children’s Place location, the addition of Under Armour and Body Central stores, a Shopper Services and Customer Service area, and an overall refresh featuring exterior color changes and dome coverings, new gateway towers and upgraded landscaping.

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Target accelerates NASCAR presence

BY CSA STAFF

NASCAR fans will become very familiar with Target, if they aren’t already, as the retailer plans to expand its presence in NASCAR during the Sprint All-Star and Coca Cola 600 race weeks. In addition to being the presenting sponsor of the Blake Shelton pre-race concert, Target will have nine branded race carts providing samples of their grocery items in the campgrounds surrounding Charlotte Motor Speedway, a Target Taste Wagon as well as a Target Shuttle that will provide fans transportation to the Target in Kannapolis, N.C.

Campers and race fans at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be able to sample Target branded food items as well as catch a ride to the local Target store for supplies Thursday, May 17 through Saturday, May 19 and then again from Thursday, May 24 through Saturday, May 26.

Target brand ambassadors will also be on-site to hand out some added items such as opportunities to meet Juan Pablo Montoya as well as a private autograph session with Montoya, race tickets, Blake Shelton VIP concert tickets, tours of the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing race shop, and autographed race merchandise.

Steve Lauletta, team president, said, “We appreciate Target’s long-standing commitment to racing and the Ganassi team. We’re excited about this fresh, fun way to surprise and excite fans. NASCAR and the No. 42 race team are a perfect fit to partner with Target – and we look forward to connecting with delighted fans at the campgrounds over the next two weeks.”

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