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Liz Claiborne renews cloud supply chain contract with GT Nexus

BY Staff Writer

Oakland, Calif. — GT Nexus announced Tuesday that Liz Claiborne has extended its contract for a supply chain visibility and control platform.

Delivered as a cloud service, the platform gives Liz Claiborne the capability to tightly monitor and control inventory flows between suppliers, logistics providers, distribution centers and customers.

"GT Nexus has been a key part of our global supply chain management strategy for years," said Bob Keller, VP supply chain, logistics & administration at Liz Claiborne. "We have automated the highly complex coordination of inventory movement in the cloud where our entire network of supply chain partners all work against a single information set. That is the only way you can run an agile supply chain."

GT Nexus connects Liz Claiborne to its global partner network and provides visibility across the supply chain, from a broad shipment level view down to specific style and color level detail.

Visibility at Liz Claiborne begins when orders are placed with suppliers. From there, the platform tracks inventory flows from booking at origin, international transport, through delivery to the distribution centers. All inventory and supply chain information is linked and stored centrally in the cloud. Partners, internal stakeholders and the Liz Claiborne supply chain team operate off a core set of information. The GT Nexus Supply Chain Intelligence engine allows for performance analytics, providing the ability to measure and analyze performance, based on what actually happened. Partner performance, supply chain velocity, data quality and sourcing trends can all be analyzed, across the different Liz Claiborne brands.

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Two Food Lion stores receive gold certification from EPA’s GreenChill

BY CSA STAFF

SALISBURY, N.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded two Food Lion stores its 2011 gold-level GreenChill store certification award.

The stores are located in Conyers, Ga., and Columbia, S.C. Food Lion became a founding partner with the EPA’s GreenChill program in 2007.

"Today’s announcement reinforces Food Lion’s commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen by conserving energy and protecting the environment," said Rick LaCroix, market VP for Food Lion’s Southeastern markets. "We are honored to receive this award, and look forward to continuing to serve our communities."

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Solar energy systems make debut at Smith’s stores

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Kroger announced that two of its Smith’s stores in Albuquerque, N.M., have installed photovoltaic energy panels.

The solar energy system on the roof of each Smith’s store consists of 442 panels, each containing cells that convert sunlight into direct current electricity, Kroger said. Smith’s was selected to be among the first Kroger division stores to install photovoltaic panels.

"We have done a lot of work over the last several years to integrate sustainable practices into our everyday business operations," Kroger president and COO Rodney McMullen. "Today, we are proud to unveil Kroger’s first operational solar energy project. Smith’s has done a tremendous job bringing this to realization. Kroger will continue reducing energy consumption and testing technologies that support future use of alternative energy sources."

Smith’s operates 133 stores throughout seven Western states.

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