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Johnny Mac’s Sporting Goods selects Epicor Eagle Business Software

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Livermore, Calif. — Epicor Software Corp. said Tuesday that Johnny Mac’s Sporting Goods is upgrading to the Epicor Eagle˙ point-of-sale and retail business management solution to help run its eight-store chain.

“As our company has grown and expanded, it has become increasingly difficult to manage all aspects of our business with our current software system,” said Rick McArthur, CFO for Johnny Mac’s. “We needed one business management system to manage both sides of our business, namely the retail and wholesale channels.” McArthur said the Eagle solution is capable of managing orders, inventory and resources across the retail stores and outside sales force, and add another channel through the creation of an Internet storefront.

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Bloom implements iPhone application

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Salisbury, N.C. — Grocery chain Bloom said Tuesday it has introduced a free iPhone application that will allow its customers to access weekly specials, search recipes, manage shopping lists and find their nearest Bloom.

"At Bloom, we look for opportunities to leverage technology to enhance our guests shopping experience," said Tammy DeBoer, VP of Bloom. "This new mobile application, from Mercatus, is user-friendly and makes it easy for our shoppers to connect with us and plan family meals."

The new mobile application, developed in partnership with Mercatus Technologies, gives guests easy access to weekly specials with the capabilities to build and manage virtual shopping lists and view delicious recipes through the grocer’s Taste Mapper system.

Bloom is a subsidiary of Brussels-based Delhaize Group and operates 49 stores in the Southeast Virginia and Washington, D.C., areas.

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Belk selects Oracle Retail for merchandising system

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Redwood Shores, Calif. — Belk department store said Tuesday that it has selected Oracle Retail Merchandising System to enable a seamless, non-channel view of the brand both in-store and online.

“We are enabling next generation best practices that will center on optimizing the customer experience at both the store and ecommerce level,” said Mike Laurenti, CIO and executive VP, Belk.

The implementation of Oracle Retail is part of a larger company-wide initiative in which Belk is revamping or replacing core processes and operations supporting its e-commerce site and 304 stores in 16 southern states.

Belk said it expects to use the Oracle Retail applications to develop next generation practices across its core merchandising operations, creating a foundation that will allow the business to better sense and respond to customer demand through improvements in allocation and replenishment.

The IT transformation coincides with a major rebranding campaign and establishes a technology foundation that will enable the retailer to optimize performance and embrace new business opportunities, it said.

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