SUPPLY CHAIN

Office Depot joins consortium aimed at boosting economy through supply chain initiatives

BY Staff Writer

Boca Raton, Fla. — Office Depot said Tuesday it has joined Supplier Connection, a group of 15 large businesses committed to driving small business growth by simplifying access to their global supply chains.

Supplier Connection streamlines the application process for small businesses seeking to become suppliers to the group. Through the web-based portal, small businesses have the opportunity to present their goods and services to many large enterprises with the goal of winning contracts, expanding business and creating jobs.

In addition to its one-stop registration capabilities, the website enables small suppliers to learn from, collaborate with, and sell to each other so that they can become more competitive and successful in a bid with a large company.

“As an integral part of our diverse supply chain, it’s very important for Office Depot to help small businesses succeed,” said Brent Beabout, senior VP of supply chain for Office Depot.

The Supplier Connection program is maintained by IBM through a grant of more than $10 million from the IBM International Foundation. The program is free for both small and large businesses.

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Tuesday Morning sales fall in Q3

BY Staff Writer

Dallas — Tuesday Morning Corp. reported Tuesday that same-store sales for the quarter ended Mar. 31 dropped 3.2% on spending and traffic decreases.

According to the discount retailer, traffic dipped 1.8% for the third quarter and average tickets fell 1.4%. Total revenue edged down 1% to $172.7 million, compared with $174.3 million in the year-ago period.

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Summer Light Spectacular

BY CSA STAFF

At Westfield San Francisco Centre, a nightly light show projected onto the mall’s iconic dome is expected to be a huge draw.

The center, owned by Westfield, will be showcasing a one-of-a-kind animated 3D light spectacular, called The Heart of San Francisco, which will run nightly on Level 4 Under the Dome from July 11 through Sept. 3.

Featuring iconic San Francisco images, the free show will be projected on the Centre’s 102-ft.-wide dome and set to a collection of San Francisco songs.

Westfield is erecting a pop-up Park Under the Dome, decked with lawn chairs and showcasing a replica of the bridge and Crissy Field, for visitor viewing. Installed in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, the pop-up park will lend an extra touch of San Francisco to the summer light show.

The dome is more than 11,000 sq. ft., nearly three times the size of a standard IMAX screen. For the experience, Westfield partnered with Obscura Digital, a San Francisco-based creative technology studio, to conceive and create the innovative show, using one-of-a-kind 3D mapping technology.

Obscura was also responsible for the Illuminique Under the Dome holiday light spectacular at Westfield.

The free show begins at 5 p.m. nightly and runs every half hour until the Centre closes.


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