Macy’s investing $35 million to expand online fulfillment center in Arizona
New York — Macy’s announced that it will expand its online order fulfillment center in Goodyear, Ariz., to accommodate continued sales growth as part of the company’s omni-channel strategy. The company is expected to invest more than $35 million in capital in the project.
The Goodyear facility, with 600,000 sq. ft. of space, was built by Macy’s Inc. and opened in spring 2008. The expansion will add an additional 360,000 sq. ft. of space. Construction is expected to begin this summer so the expanded facility, with a total of 960,000 sq. ft., can be operational in spring 2014.
“Our online fulfillment centers, as well as the 500 Macy’s stores that will be equipped to fulfill orders by the end of 2013, handle customer orders placed online, as well as ship products to customers who shop in stores that may not stock the specific product they need. Through our omni-channel strategy, we can access the total inventory of our company for every customer,” said R.B. Harrison, Macy’s chief omni-channel officer.
Francesca’s Q3 net earnings up 78%; 80 stores on tap for fiscal 2013
Houston — Francesca’s Holdings Corp. reported that net earnings in the fourth quarter rose 78% to $14.9 from $8.4 million in the same quarter last year. The company also said it plans to open 80 stores in fiscal year 2013.
Net sales in the quarter ended February 2, 2013, rose 40.6% to $86.7 million, compared with net sales of $61.7 million during the same period in fiscal 2011. Same-stores sales in the quarter increased 9.2%, driven by increased transactions and strong growth in its clothing and jewelry categories.
"We are well positioned with the teams and capabilities to continue expansion of our boutique base, increase boutique productivity and further develop our direct-to-customer presence,” said CEO Neil Davis. “Looking ahead, we continue our growth trajectory with 80 openings for fiscal 2013, reaching the milestone of over 400 locations by the end of the first quarter."
For the full year, net sales increased 45.2% to $296.4 million. Same-store sales rose 14.9%.
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Mobile checkout coming to more stores
The Scan & Go system Walmart introduced last fall in Northwest Arkansas and Atlanta has been expanded to six new markets.
The Associated Press reported this week that Walmart’s Scan & Go program, initially available in about 70 stores in two markets, has been expanded to 200 stores in new markets including Dallas, Houston, Austin, Denver, Portland and Seattle.
The system enables shoppers who download an app to scan items with their smartphones and then pay at self-checkout terminals by scanning a code that displays on their smartphone screen.
To call attention to the service, Walmart positioned corrugate displays near the entrances of select stores that explained the service on tear pads and offered Scan & Go bags for sale. The key selling point of the service is the ability to "skip the checkout line," a perennial sore spot with shoppers that Walmart has attempted to address over the years with improved labor scheduling.
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