Loehmann’s names CEO
New York City — Loehmann’s Holdings announced that Steven M. Newman has been appointed CEO.
Newman, who will also be a member of Loehmann’s board of directors, will join the company in the second week of June. He assumes the CEO role from interim CEO Joe Melvin who will remain as COO of the company.
Newman most recently served for four years as president of Ashley Stewart, a women’s specialty retailer. Prior to that, Mr. Newman was executive VP at New York & Co. for four years, responsible for merchandising, design and store presentation.
Aeropostale selects NGC’s supply chain management system
Miami — NGC said Tuesday that Aeropostale has selected its supply chain management software as the retailer’s international supply chain management system.
According to NGC, Aeropostale wanted to improve visibility, collaboration and communication between its vendors and international licensees.
NGC’s software provides Aeropostale with a complete system to manage all phases of its international supply chain management. The system enables the retailer to instantly deliver international purchase orders and revisions to its vendors around the world, with integrated Work-in-Process that allows users to track and update the production status of each order.
The system also manages logistics, including bar code labels, ASNs and shipping paperwork; the software includes integrated workflow calendars, with alerts, exception management and collaboration tools.
Republic launches mobile optimized website powered by Venda
Austin, Texas — Digby announced Tuesday that U.K. apparel retailer Republic has launched a mobile optimized website through Venda’s advanced mobile platform powered by Digby.
Through the platform, Republic is introducing mobile as a strategic channel that complements its e-commerce site and more than 110 retail stores across the United Kingdom. The mobile shopping experience will allow customers to search, browse and buy products in as little as 60 seconds from mobile devices such as iPhone/iPod Touch, BlackBerry and Android.
Key features of the mobile optimized site include: shop by category, large, rich product images with multiple views, detailed item descriptions, ratings and reviews, share through Facebook, Twitter and email, “find in store,” a size guide, an ever-present search bar, special offers and a store locator.
“It is clear that mobile is quickly becoming one of the most proven and relevant ways for consumers to have access to our products anytime, anywhere,” said Jo Molineux, head of multichannel at Republic. “A mobile optimized website that enables our valuable customers to research products, find Republic locations and purchase items whether they are out and about, at home or in one of our stores will strategically enhance our multi-channel strategy.”
The mobile commerce solution, known as the Venda Advanced Mobile Platform, is a feature-rich mobile portfolio powered by Digby, which is integrated with the Venda Enterprise e-commerce platform.