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Motorola: Warehouses look to expand IT by 2018

BY Dan Berthiaume

Schaumburg, Ill. – Sixty-six percent of warehouses plan to expand their IT investments by 2018, a 71% increase in the number of warehouses currently planning an IT expansion. A recent survey of 328 warehouse IT and operational professionals in the logistics, manufacturing, retail and wholesale market segments also indicates that 26% of respondents reported that company management views warehouses and distribution centers as an asset that can drive growth for the business.

Other results of the Motorola Solutions Future of Warehousing Survey include:

  • Leading reasons for expanding warehouse IT investments include lower transportation costs (36%), shorter delivery times (35%), new suppliers and trading partner locations (31%) and heightened omni-channel pressures (11%).
  • Warehouse professionals expect a significant shift away from pen and paper-based processes (71% decrease) to handheld mobile computers and tablets (100% increase) for cycle counting and inventory validation by 2018.
  • The pace of supply chain re-evaluation and optimization is quickening as nearly two-thirds (67%) of respondents claimed that they are either constantly or annually re-evaluating their supply chain networks.
  • While only 67% of items received at a warehouse are bar coded today, respondents expect supplier management initiatives and trading partner compliance requirements to drive higher utilization in the coming years – reaching an estimated 84% by 2018.

“Warehousing and distribution have not traditionally been the most celebrated functions within leading businesses across manufacturing, retail and wholesale industries,” said Mark Wheeler, director of warehouse solutions, Motorola Solutions. “But Motorola Solutions’ Future of Warehousing Survey revealed that these functions are playing a more important role as businesses in these industries face new pressures to cut costs to enhance profitability and free up capital as well as drive competitive differentiation and business growth.”

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Nordstrom rolling out more Topshop, Topman departments; national ad campaign in works

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle — Nordstrom is expanding its partnership with Britain’s fashion-forward women’s apparel brand, Topshop, as well its men’s unit, Topman. Beginning in September, Nordstrom will add 28 Topshop departments and eight Topman departments in stores across the country.

As part of the expansion, Nordstrom and Topshop will partner on a national campaign.

The expansion will bring the total number of Nordstrom stores with Topshop and Topman to 42 and 18 respectively. Locations will include Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, San Diego, Washington, D.C., Southern and Northern California, South Florida, as well as new downtown stores in Chicago and Seattle. In addition, Nordstrom plans a completely refreshed design for Topshop and Topman departments in new and existing stores.

“We are very pleased with our Topshop/Topman partnership and excited to expand and grow together,” said Pete Nordstrom, executive VP and president of merchandising for Nordstrom. “Through this collaboration, we hoped to attract new customers to both our women’s and men’s apparel businesses and to learn to create newness and excitement in our stores and online. Through a lot of hard work and mutual effort, we have been able to measurably improve on these fronts.”

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Brown Shoe puts best foot forward in Q2

BY CSA STAFF

ST. LOUIS — Brown Shoe Company saw a shift in sales to the second quarter from the third quarter which helped deliver net sales of $621.7 million for the second quarter ended Aug. 3, up 10% from $564.9 million last year.

Famous Footwear had sales of $388.2 million for the quarter, up 10.8% year-over-year, while same-store-sales surged 6.8%. The strong performance was led by good sales growth in running, sandal and canvas shoe styles. During the quarter, the company closed or relocated 14 stores and added 19 new stores, as average revenue per square foot continued to improve.

Wholesale sales of $180.5 million were up 12.4% for the quarter, excluding sales from discontinued brands. For the Healthy Living platform, wholesale sales of $106 million were up 14.4%, excluding sales from discontinued brands, reflecting double-digit sales growth at Naturalizer, LifeStride and Dr. Scholl’s. The company’s Contemporary Fashion wholesale sales of $73.4 million were up 10.2% for the quarter, excluding sales from discontinued brands, with good growth from Sam Edelman and Franco Sarto.

“For the second quarter, we exceeded expectations with an improvement in adjusted EPS of over 100%. While consolidated net sales were up $57 million in the quarter — or 10% year-over-year — approximately $22 million of this amount was timing related, due to a shift in sales to the second quarter from the third quarter,” said Diane Sullivan, president and CEO of Brown Shoe Company. “Both retail and wholesale contributed to this quarter’s success, with Famous delivering record second quarter sales and operating profit and both of our wholesale platforms — Healthy Living and Contemporary Fashion — reporting double-digit increases in sales.”

The company’s consolidated gross profit increased 11.8% to $254.6 million for the quarter, while its gross margin of 41% improved by approximately 70 basis points versus the prior year

Brown Shoe Company is a global footwear company which serves three key market segments with its family brands Famous Footwear, Famous.com and shoes.com; its healthy living brands Naturalizer, Dr. Scholl’s Shoes, LifeStride and Ryka; and its contemporary fashion brands Via Spiga, Vince, Sam Edelman, Franco Sarto, Carlos Santana and Fergie Footwear.

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