SUPPLY CHAIN

Men’s Wearhouse extends DeSL PLM into full supply chain solution

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Supply chain solution-provider DeSL said Thursday that Men’s Warehouse is embarking on a phase 2 project that expands its PLM application usage to implement the DeSL full supply chain solution.

"Now that we have implemented DeSL’s PLM solution we have full control of our product development, are sharing on-line tech packs with our vendors along with time and action calendars and collaborative costing, the natural extension was to go to full supply chain management,” said Will Silveria , executive EVP , Men’s Wearhouse.

The implementation will involve creating and tracking purchase orders for fabrics, trims and finished products to deliver real time, global WIP tracking. Factories and mills will receive online purchase orders and update progress in real time.

“This will enable us to make more informed decisions and react faster to consumer demand," said Silveria.

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FINANCE

Rite Aid same-store sales edge up in January

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Camp Hill, Pa. — Rite Aid Corp. reported Thursday that same-store sales for the month of January edged up 0.3%, boosted by a 4.2% rise in front-end sales for the month along with increased prescription counts.

Total sales for the four-week period decreased 0.5% to $1.914 billion.

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OPERATIONS

Hudson’s Bay unveils new rewards program

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Toronto — Hudson’s Bay Co. said Thursday it has introduced a new three-tiered rewards program, partnering with Capital One Canada to boost the rate at which HBC shoppers earn reward points for shopping at Hudson’s Bay, Thebay.com or Home Outfitters.

Hudson’s Bay Rewards members will now earn one point for every dollar they spend on almost anything in store or online and, as they move up the tier levels, they earn more points per spend.

"We wanted to make sure we were rewarding all our customers, and especially our most loyal, for shopping in our stores and online," says Patrick Dickinson, SVP core marketing and brand strategy, HBC. "We looked at the point system, listened to customer feedback and made the program better.

HBC and Capital One Canada worked in partnership to redesign and better integrate the existing HBC Rewards and Credit programs.

When customers use their Hudson’s Bay MasterCard they double their points at Hudson’s Bay and Home Outfitters stores, and receive a 25% bonus everywhere else MasterCard is accepted.

The changes are effective Feb. 3.

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