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Lush taps Storage Made Easy solution to provide global access

BY Marianne Wilson

London — Storage Made Easy announced that the global cosmetics retailer Lush has chosen to use its Enterprise File Share and Sync solution with data stored on OpenStack Swift.


Lush ran an initial two month trial with 50 people prior to moving forward with the Storage Made Easy solution. They subsequently rolled out the solution in stages, by department, first to 150 people and then on to 300 people, and then again on to 500 people.

“Lush expects to reach more than 1,000 users by the time the solution is fully rolled out," said Jim Liddle, Storage Made Easy CEO.

Lush is a brand conscious company and the SME solution has been custom branded by Lush as the ‘Lush Cloud.’ The level of branding includes the Storage Made Easy Mac and Windows desktop tools, which are also custom-branded for Lush. SME makes it very easy for companies to brand the software by providing easy branding configuration.”

The SME cloud file server solution is hosted in the U.K. on Lush’s preferred service provider infrastructure, Memset, which also provides the back-end data store, Memset Object Storage, a customized version of OpenStack Swift."

Richy Baxter-Freeman from Lush International Support said, "We chose the SME product because of the flexibility the solution offers. It has been very easy to manage large numbers of users and file structures from all areas of the business in over 50 countries. Our staff can access data on the go through their mobile devices, through a standard web-browser, or directly using the desktop integration functions. The solution is also flexible in the sense that we are able to manage multiple data sources and most importantly keep our data sources and management of these separate, meaning we can easily move data sources if necessary."

Liddle finished by saying, “Storage Made Easy is unique in that it unifies files from disparate sources that could be on-cloud or onsite, and it provides various control points for that data including full file life-cycle audit and remote file encryption for protection against potential data snooping.”

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Liberty Interactive to launch QVC Group tracking stock

BY Dan Berthiaume

West Chester, Pa. – Liberty Interactive Corporation plans to create a QVC Group tracking stock as part of a recapitalization of the Liberty Interactive Group tracking stock. The QVC Group class of common stock will track the value of QVC, Inc. and Liberty’s approximate 38% interest in HSN, Inc., along with cash and certain liabilities.

The QVC Group tracking stock is intended to provide greater clarity regarding QVC’s operating metrics, such as its participation in mobile commerce and efforts in establishing social shopping platforms for its customers. The other assets and liabilities that currently comprise the Liberty Interactive tracking stock, including Liberty’s e-commerce companies, will be attributed to a new Liberty Digital Commerce tracking stock. QVC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive.

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Starbucks opens Evolution Fresh manufacturing facility in California

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle – Starbucks is opening a new Evolution Fresh juicery in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., that the retailer says will quadruple its production of cold-pressed, never-heated juice. The $70 million, 264,000-sq.-ft. facility features advanced technology such as High Pressure Processing (HPP) machines.

The facility, which is capable of sourcing, peeling, squeezing and pressing raw fruits and vegetables, will produce four times more than the original juicer. It will employ 190 employees, which includes retaining nearly 100% of its original workers from the old juicery, as well as creating 65 new positions. It will be Starbucks sixth manufacturing site in the U.S., adding to the company’s existing network of five roasting plants in Kent, Wash.; York, Pa.; Sandy Run, S.C.; Carson Valley, Nev.; and Augusta, Ga.

“The opening of this juicery marks a significant milestone in Evolution Fresh’s history and commitment to making high-quality, never-heated, nutritious juice available to consumers across the country,” said Chris Bruzzo, GM, Evolution Fresh. “We believe cold pressed is the future of juice and we are leading the charge in changing the way people think about juice. Today marks a significant milestone in our mission to provide accessible nutrition and a new way for people to experience fruits and vegetables and natural foods in their everyday diet.”

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