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Market6 releases retailer/supplier collaboration suite

BY Dan Berthiaume

Deerfield, Ill. — Market6, a provider of Web-based retail analytic applications, is introducing Market6 Vantage, a suite of retail analytic applications that automate and simplify joint business planning and retailer/supplier collaboration. Vantage is designed to enable retailers and their suppliers to streamline their collaboration efforts to build and execute more effective and profitable shopper-centric merchandising plans.

With built-in demand driven forecasts, simulation models, and expected/actual analysis, Market6 Vantage is designed to give retailers and suppliers smarter, forward-looking insights to drive more accurate planning and execution. Market6 Vantage provides a common platform of integrated merchandising, shopper, market and operational data, and establishes a set of analytic-enriched measures and assessments as the basis for ongoing collaboration. Vantage’s modules for historical analysis, future planning and execution tracking let users connect planning to execution, identify data-driven performance insights in real-time, and spot opportunities to fix problems.

“Strategic planning and execution with suppliers allows retailers to better serve their target shopper and drive increased sales and gross profits,” said Jim Kelly, CEO of Market6. “Until now the strategic joint planning and execution process has been too resource and time intensive to implement widely. Vantage automates the preparation and on-going maintenance of joint plans, simplifies the collaboration process, and gives trading partners a single view of the actions against a plan to drive improved results.”

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Shopatron debuts free inventory lookup API

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Luis Obispo, Calif. — Shopatron, a provider of cloud-based distributed order management solutions, is releasing a free inventory visibility API. Shopatron Retailer Inventory Lookup is a cloud-based solution that offers enterprise-wide inventory visibility and also provides retailers with actionable analytics to improve in-store operations, stocking, merchandising and product marketing.

The solution enables retailers to instantly connect customers with local, available inventory.

Powered by Shopatron’s lightweight and flexible APIs, Inventory Lookup integrates with nearly any e-commerce platform. With Inventory Lookup’s extensive reporting capabilities, retailers are not tethered to historical store sales data for inventory planning. The solution’s intuitive dashboard allows store-level merchandisers and employees to analyze data in several views, including visual trend lines and graphs based on location, date ranges, SKUs or product families, in addition to customized views in any third-party reporting system through an API connection.

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Martinez in new role at HSN

BY CSA STAFF

Maria Martinez was elevated to the role of chief human resources officer at HSN, Inc., a $3.4 billion interactive multichannel retailer.

Martinez most recently served as an SVP at HSNi overseeing talent development. In her new role, she will be responsible for providing leadership in executing human resources strategies in support of the company’s business objectives, according to the company. She will have specific responsibility for talent acquisition and assessment, succession planning, leadership development, employee engagement, performance management, total rewards, and wellness programs.

"Maria has developed and spearheaded a number of internal initiatives that have supported our strategic objectives and made an impact across the HSNi portfolio of brands," said Mindy Grossman, HSNi’s CEO. "She is innovative and results-oriented and her proven track record as a leader and expertise in human resources makes her the perfect candidate for this position."

Martinez first joined HSN in 1995 as a manager in human resources and was promoted to vp in 2005. She left HSN and went on to hold several senior-level positions in human resources for Bausch & Lomb and Darden Restaurants. She also established the Laser Spine Institute’s human resources function. She rejoined HSN in 2010 as an SVP.

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