Macy’s to expand Tennessee fulfillment center
Cincinnati Macy’s Inc. said Thursday that it will expand its online order fulfillment center near Portland, Tenn., in Robertson County, to accommodate growth in sales at macys.com.
The Portland facility, with 600,000 square feet of space, opened in spring 2007, and the expansion will add 374,000 sq. ft. Construction is expected to begin this fall and the expanded facility is expected to be operational in fall 2011.
“Our online sales at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s have grown rapidly in recent years – by a total of 19.6% in 2009, followed by another 31% in the first half of 2010,” said Tom Cole, Macy’s Inc.’s chief administrative officer. “It is important that our systems and support facilities also continue to develop so we can drive growth in the online business and serve customers effectively and efficiently.”
Ebay improves user experience for blind Americans
SAN JOSE, Calif. Ebay has announced a partnership with the National Federation of the Blind to create more opportunities for blind Americans to access Ebay as buyers and sellers.
According to the company, Ebay.com now includes enhanced features for users to buy, bid and sell using the keyboard alone, as well as improved ways to navigate content using assistive technologies such as screen access software.
“We have great respect for the advocacy role the NFB plays in creating employment opportunities for the blind,” said John Donahoe, president and CEO of Ebay Inc. “Ebay has built a reputation as a driver of job creation by helping entrepreneurs start up and grow their businesses. We are excited about connecting with an even wider audience through this partnership and providing blind Americans with easier access to our marketplace for both buying and selling.”
Sears launches collection with French Connection UK
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Sears announced that it is partnering with French Connection UK and LF USA’s Regatta division, to launch UK Style by French Connection.
According to the company, the collaboration will bring in-store, branded boutiques to 500 Sears locations throughout the United States starting in the first quarter of 2011, just in time for the spring shopping season. Simultaneously, the collection will be available on Sears.com.
“French Connection is a world leader in contemporary fashion,” said John Goodman, EVP apparel and home Sears Holdings. “This addition to our brand portfolio will significantly increase our relevance among younger customers while strengthening our effort to re-energize our fashion offerings at Sears. The launch of UK Style by French Connection signifies our continued commitment to compelling fashion and great value. We are thrilled with this major opportunity to work with a company whose vibrant, cutting-edge fashion and avant-garde marketing have made waves in the fashion industry for almost forty years.”
The women’s collection offers floral leggings and striped tanks (from $9.90) along with patterned minis, sequined and animal-print shifts (starting at $29.90), designed to capture French Connection’s joie de vivre, Sears noted. Inspired by street and runway fashions in international capitals, the men’s collection offers dark-washed jeans ($24.90), button-down Oxford shirts ($24.90), and V-neck tees ($12.90).