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J.C. Penney to lay off 442 at Connecticut DC

BY Staff Writer

Plano, Texas — In a notification to Connecticut’s labor department, J.C. Penney Co. said it will lay off 442 workers at J.C. Penney’s distribution center in Manchester, Conn.

According to the notice, J.C. Penney is closing the facility’s dot-com unit, and that employees’ last day will be Sept 30.

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Tesco signs eight-year, global agreement with Microsoft

BY Marianne Wilson

Reading, England — Tesco has committed to the Microsoft platform in an eight year, world-wide agreement. The deal is designed to enable the U.K.-based retailer to improve productivity, decision-making, knowledge sharing and operational excellence across the 14 countries in which it currently operates.

The agreement will underpin Tesco’s strategic objectives of growing its international presence; expanding its non-food business; and offering a broad selection of retail services such as banking, online and mobile.

Under the terms of the agreement, Tesco and its affiliates will have access to the latest versions of Microsoft products and services in their head offices, stores, distribution and data centers, including Windows, Office, SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, System Center, BizTalk and SQL Server.

In addition, the deal also includes Microsoft Services’ Enterprise Strategy program, which is helping Tesco set strategy and priorities and deliver projects so risks are minimized and time-to-value is accelerated.

“We have lots of colleagues in Tesco, doing lots of jobs all over the world,” said Mike McNamara, group CIO, Tesco. “These technologies can help bring us together to share learning and expertise, views and opinions, thoughts and ideas.”

Tesco is expecting to see value immediately through the deployment of SharePoint, Exchange and Lync to create a new global collaboration platform. This will allow all employees to find specialist skills and share and access knowledge whenever and wherever they need..

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Report: Apple hires search firm to recruit retail chief

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New York City — Apple has hired executive search firm Egon Zehnder International to help it find a replacement for its retail head Ron Johnson, according to reports by The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.

The reports suggest that in hiring Egon Zehnder, which has offices around the globe, Apple may be looking for an executive with international retail experience. Apple is set to open nearly 30 stores this year outside of the United States.

Ron Johnson, Apple’s senior VP in charge of retail, will leave the firm to become CEO J.C. Penney Co. on Nov. 1. He departs as the computer maker expands internationally, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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