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Manhattan Associates releases new mobile, transportation solutions for retailers

BY Dan Berthiaume

Atlanta – Manhattan Associates is releasing new mobile and transportation management solutions. The supply chain technology vendor announced the new applications at its Momentum 2014 conference in Hollywood, Florida, May 5-8.

Among the new mobile technologies showcased is a tablet-based application released as part of Manhattan’s 2014 Labor Management (LM) software. The new application delivers a mobile experience to new and existing functionality within LM, including Dynamic Employee Management, an interactive employee scorecard displaying current and historical metrics; Employee Interactions, which performs on-the-spot employee observations and document interactions and coaching directly on the supervisor’s mobile device; and Standards Validation, which captures, validate and analyze labor activity standards in real-time through any mobile device.

Manhattan Associates also showcased the mobile capabilities of its Store Inventory & Fulfillment product suite, which is now available on iOS devices, and a new mobile proof of delivery application, which is integrated within its Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Transportation Management System (TMS). This automates a manual, paper-based process and helps to improve customer service and delivery accuracy.

All three mobile applications were developed using Manhattan’s TouchTop Mobile Framework and application development infrastructure.

Furthermore, Manhattan Associates introduced the 2014 release of TMS. New capabilities include the addition of probabilistic modeling, where shippers can perform a variety of “what-if” scenarios, such as determining optimal freight term assignment, as well as improved parcel management and shared transportation forecasts with carriers.

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Sprint’s new service enables any retailer to become wireless carrier

BY Marianne Wilson

Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint Wholesale Solutions announced the launch of Sprint Panorama, a service that leverages industry insights to help retailers expand their appeal to customers by incorporating their own branded wireless service into their list of goods and services. With Sprint Panorama, the Sprint Wholesale Solutions sales team assists brands by addressing their wireless objectives enabling them to seize new opportunities, differentiate and grow through mobility.

After launching a mobile virtual network operator with Sprint, one retail customer has seen a 19% increase in store visits while those customers spent 35% more in-store, according to Spring.

“Providing network access alone to our MVNO customers and turning them loose on the market isn’t going to cut it in today’s competitive wireless landscape,” said Karen Freitag, VP – global sales: wholesale & international at Sprint. “With years of expertise and proven success in enabling MVNOs, Sprint has the vision and ability to diagnose the most difficult wireless challenges for brands and turn them into a winning financial opportunity.”

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SAS and 360pi team up to help retailers price right

BY Marianne Wilson

Ottawa, Canada — 360pi, a leading provider of retail price and product intelligence, announced a collaborative effort with SAS, a leader in business analytics software and services. The goal is to allow retailers who combine 360pi’s competitive price intelligence with SAS’ revenue optimization engine to gain full real-time visibility into competitive pricing to make more profitable pricing decisions.

SAS’ revenue optimization engine will receive a feed of real-time competitive price intelligence from 360pi’s 360price solution, in turn helping retailers optimize pricing and promotions. Armed with a powerful automated decision engine that takes into account daily price changes on millions of products by hundreds of competitors, retailers are able to right-price to any market at any time.

"Competitive intelligence is a vital element in pricing decisions," said Kevin MacDonald, SAS retail product manager. "The combination of 360pi’s best-in-class competitive price intelligence with our pricing and analytics technology will help drive increased revenues and margins for retailers."

"The 360pi team is excited to work with SAS to empower retailers to make more profitable pricing decisions on thousands of products daily," stated Alexander Rink, CEO of 360pi. "SAS has a stellar reputation in the industry and serves a who’s who roster of clients, such as Staples, Macy’s and Vistaprint. 360pi’s competitive price intelligence and insights, combined with the SAS revenue optimization suite, form a potent combination that will deliver compelling benefits for any retailer."

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