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Netezza’s retail analytic appliance premiers at NRF 2010

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New York City Netezza Corp., the global leader in data warehouse and analytic appliances, announced the Netezza Retail Analytic Appliance, a breakthrough solution in retail business intelligence.

Available immediately as a single, pre-configured and pre-integrated solution, it includes all the required components for powerful retail business intelligence.

The Netezza RAA also delivers critical and unique innovation — a collection of role-based “Playbooks” that guide users immediately to store and take inventory corrective actions that improve operations in real time and drive profit. All Playbook components come from customer-proven, best-in-class delivery of key drivers to retail success, including streamlining out-of-stocks and overstocks, handling seasonal inventory, managing purchase orders and vendors, buying and planning success and other key retail data-driven processes.

The Netezza RAA also offers a chance for retailers without loyalty cards to engage in the same customer-centric retailing best practices used by card retailers. Through use of market basket analytics and understanding profitability and inventory, the Netezza RAA can help retailers see the effects on consumer segments of specific merchandising and promotion decisions. The Netezza RAA ships with more than 1,200 metrics and dozens of reports, many tied to specific business processes, making it easy and effective for even the newest merchants to recognize and handle out-of-stocks, plan and order inventory and keep all key performance indicators in successful ranges.

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Nintendo game to feature Beyonce designs

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REDMOND, Wash. Nintendo has partnered with Beyonce Knowles to give fans of its “Style Savvy” game for Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi access to new designs from the entertainer’s Dereon clothing line co-created with her mother, designer Tina Knowles. As managers of their own virtual boutiques, players can incorporate these chic Dereon fashions as they create one-of-a-kind looks for their in-game clientele, Nintendo reported.

“‘Style Savvy’ is all about creativity and fashion, both of which are really important to me,” says Beyonce. “I love that I get to become a stylist and take over my own boutique, and it’s so much fun to see some of my Dereon designs added to the mix.”

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Sears names new head of retail services

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Sears Holdings announced that James Haworth will join the company as EVP and president of retail services succeeding Kevin Holt who will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Haworth will be responsible for the oversight, leadership and strategic growth of retail services for all Kmart and Sears stores. He will serve as a member of the internal holding company business unit board of directors as well.

Haworth most recently served as chairman, president and CEO for Chia Tai Enterprises International Limited & CP Lotus, an investment holding company principally engaged in the operation of one-stop shopping centers within China. In 2005, he founded Business Decisions Inc., a consulting firm specializing in strategic product marketing for the retail, merchandising and supply chain industries. Previous to Business Decisions Inc., Haworth spent 20 years with Walmart Stores, in roles of increasing responsibility including EVP operations for Sam’s Club and EVP and COO of Walmart Stores.

“We’re very pleased that Jim is joining our executive team,” said Bruce Johnson, interim CEO and president of Sears Holdings. “He brings a wealth of global retail experience, demonstrated success in retail operations, merchandising and strategic planning along with a great understanding of how to create lasting relationships with customers. We thank Kevin for his contributions to the company and wish him well in all future endeavors.”

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