LaRue Coffee selects Epicor’s enterprise resource planning solution
DUBLIN, Calif. —Epicor Software Corp. announced that LaRue Coffee Roasterie has gone live with the Epicor Tropos enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.
A full scope of the system has been successfully implemented at LaRue’s manufacturing facility, complete with handheld terminals and shop floor touch screens and built-in features that are optimized for process manufacturing industries. The company has also selected Epicor as its partner for subsequent phases, which will see Epicor Tropos deployed in LaRue’s distribution warehouses and equipment maintenance facility.
"We’re realizing the benefits of an integrated system and real-time data collection on our shop floor," said Travis O’Gorman, VP, roasting operations for LaRue Coffee Roasterie, Omaha, Neb. "Since implementing Epicor Tropos our monthly manufacturing productivity has increased by 15%, and the system has helped us to significantly reduce our monthly raw material inventory discrepancies. In addition, we’ve won new accounts due to our ability to provide instant materials traceability, from the grower to the finished product. Lot control and full traceability is one of the main reasons why we selected Epicor Tropos, which will have an even greater impact as we move into the next phases of integrating the system with our sister companies."
Dick’s Sporting Goods profit up 57%, but misses estimates
PITTSBURGH—Dick’s Sporting Goods reported a 57% increase in second-quarter net income, which was chiefly related to a big charge last year.
For the period ended Aug. 3, the retailer earned $84.2 million, up from $53.7 million in the prior-year period when it recorded a $32.4 million impairment charge tied to an investment in JJB Sports. Revenue rose 6% to $1.53 billion, short of analyst projections of $1.57 billion. Same-store sales edged down 0.4%.
Chairman and CEO Edward Stack said bad weather reduced traffic and hurt sales.
"Our second-quarter results were below our guidance as a sluggish consumer environment along with higher levels of precipitation and cooler temperatures contributed to a decrease in traffic, resulting in lower than expected same-store sales," said Stack.
Tuesday Morning taps interim CEO as permanent chief
DALLAS —Closeout retailer Tuesday Morning announced the appointment of Michael Rouleau to CEO, effective immediately. Rouleau, who was appointed interim chief executive in March 2013, will also continue to serve on the company’s board of directors, which he joined in November 2012.
“I am delighted to lead Tuesday Morning —a company that I believe, having worked here for a short time now, has tremendous potential as a value retailer," Rouleau said. "We are off to a good start, developing a company strategy, selling off merchandise that no longer fits our strategy, cleaning up our stores and fine tuning our merchandise direction.”
Rouleau’s resumé includes most recently serving as president and CEO of Michaels Stores (1996 to 2006), and also as its president from 1997 to 1999 and again from 2001 to 2006. He previously served as executive VP of store operations for Lowe’s Companies, Inc. from 1992 until 1996. Prior to joining Lowe’s, Rouleau was a co-founder and president and CEO of Office Warehouse, which subsequently merged into Office Max.