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Oracle to acquire Endeca Technologies

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Redwood Shores, Calif. — Oracle announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Endeca Technologies, Cambridge, Mass., which provides an unstructured data management, web commerce and business intelligence technologies.

Oracle said that the combination of Oracle ATG Commerce and Endeca InFront “is expected to enhance cross-channel commerce, merchandising, and online customer experiences,” which Oracle Business Intelligence and Endeca Latitude will provide a business intelligence foundation using structured and unstructured data sources.

“The combination of Oracle and Endeca is extremely compelling in this changing data environment,” said Thomas Kurian, executive VP, Oracle Development. “Together, we will provide best-in-class technology to manage structured and unstructured data together; business intelligence tools to analyze structured and unstructured data together; and a broad suite of packaged applications which extends the value of unstructured data into ERP, supply chain, CRM, EPM, web commerce, and specialized applications. This technology will also allow us to integrate more comprehensive unstructured data management into Oracle’s engineered systems.”

Oracle did not disclose financial terms of the deal.

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Sleepy’s and RedPrairie extend supply chain platform

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Atlanta — Global supply chain solution provider RedPrairie Corp. said Tuesday that Sleepy’s, The Mattress Professionals has signed an agreement to use RedPrairie Warehouse Management, Workforce Management, Transportation Management and Fleet Management solutions for its distribution centers and delivery fleet of almost 400 vehicles.

Mattress retailer Sleepy’s has worked with RedPrairie since 2002. The company is updating and expanding its use of RedPrairie WMS and WFM in seven distribution centers with almost 600 employees. It will also start using RedPrairie’s TMS and Fleet Management to better serve its customers, especially during the retailer’s peak weekend and post-weekend delivery periods.

“As Sleepy’s continues to expand into new geographic markets and across the Web, we remain focused on providing unparalleled customer service,” said Don Rowley, executive VP and CIO at Sleepy’s. “RedPrairie’s integrated enterprise solutions will help us to meet customer demands across our entire supply chain ecosystem, from sourcing all the way through to customer delivery.”

Sleepy’s plans to integrate RedPrairie’s WMS, WFM, TMS and Fleet Management to provide visibility into anticipated inventory, labor and delivery service levels throughout the supply chain. This will help Sleepy’s to better manage its inventory and distribution center workforce levels, and make its fleet management system more agile to rapidly meet changing customer delivery requirements. Sleepy’s will also use RedPrairie’s TMS and WMS to manage parcel deliveries of Web orders for its bedding, pillows and fabrics.

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Charming Shoppes launches new global site

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BENSALEM, Pa. — Charming Shoppes announced that it has launched Sonsi.com to give customers around the world online access to fashion brands Lane Bryant, Cacique, Catherines, Fashion Bug and Loop 18, as well as more than 300 brands.

"We’re excited to serve plus size women around the world, from Canada to the United Kingdom to Australia and beyond," says Group President, Lane Bryant, Lane Bryant Outlet & Cacique, Brian Woolf. "Women asked us to deliver Lane Bryant internationally, and we listened. Now women internationally can access the same fashionable plus size brands their American counterparts love."

Consumers in over 80 countries and territories worldwide can now experience the convenience of shopping Lane Bryant (www.lanebryant.com) and her sister sites with localized currencies and competitive international shipping costs. All international orders are inclusive of duty, VAT and customs clearance with no surprise C.O.D. charges, according to the company.

Charming Shoppes Direct-to-Consumer President Bill Bass says, "Introducing new e-commerce services like international shipping continues to position Lane Bryant, along with her sister brands, as global leaders with a more than 100 year-old tradition of innovation in serving the individual needs of women wearing plus sizes."

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