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Men who sawed arms in Home Depot in critical condition

BY Staff Writer

New York — A man who deliberately cut his arms using saws in the aisles of a Home Depot store in suburban Los Angeles on Wednesday is in critical condition, according to media reports.

The man, whose man has not been released, was in the store’s tool section when he grabbed several handsaws and began cutting into his upper arms. Panicked customers called 911.

The man was in surgery hours after the incident.

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Judge won’t dismiss Macy’s claim against Martha Stewart

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — New York State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Oing on Thursday refused to dismiss Macy’s Inc’s claim that Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia violated its contract when it designed certain merchandise for J.C. Penney Co., regardless of whether the items carry the Martha Stewart brand.

The ruling may impact whether Penney can sell Martha Stewart-designed home goods under a "JCP Everyday" label. The judge is expected to rule Friday on whether to temporarily block Penney from selling Martha Stewart-designed goods that Penney manufactured in that "Everyday" packaging, Reuters reported.

The judge once again stressed that he would rather the parties settle, rather than have him decide. The companies spent several weeks in mediation, but were unable to reach an agreement.

"This is a business deal that you should not have courts getting involved in," Oing said. "It’s getting to a point where the clock can’t be turned back. The ship is ready to sail."

In related news, the New York Post reported that Myron Ullman, Penney’s new CEO, is seeking a truce in the case. According to the report, Ullman’s first phone call as CEO was to Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren.

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Brooks Brothers taps eCommera to interpret its operational data

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London — Brooks Brothers will adopt eCommera’s decision intelligence tool, DynamicAction. Designed to turn big retail data into prioritized actions, the solution integrates siloed data into a commerce-specific cloud solution which will allow the retailer to identify optimization opportunities to improve its overall online commerce performance.

The solution will enable the brand to ascertain the economic value of specific projects to justify future IT investment, as well as drill down into micro activity such as evaluating return on marketing spend.

“Online merchandising optimization requires hundreds if not thousands of decisions every day,” said Ken Seiff, EVP, direct and omni-channel at Brooks Brothers, which operates over 300 stores globally as well as an ecommerce site. “And often even the simple act of identifying all of these opportunities is extremely challenging. eCommera’s DynamicAction product is thoughtfully designed to highlight these decisions and make them actionable."

John Squire, President at eCommera, said: “To succeed in an ever more competitive environment, retailers and brands need to understand the wealth of operational data at their disposal and turn it into actionable insight, and rapidly take the most effective decisions. We are delighted to be enabling such a well-known brand as Brooks Brothers to achieve its aggressive growth plans with the help of our DynamicAction product.”

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