Panjiva: U.S. imports steady in May
New York – Imports to the U.S. were steady in May 2014 from the previous month, though there was a measurable year-over-year increase. Data from supply chain research firm Panjiva shows that May 2014 showed levels of imports 4% above imports in May 2013.
The trend of imports into the U.S. is still positive, and Panjiva analysts say they are optimistic about the strength of the U.S. economy based on imports. Panjiva will remain positive about U.S. imports, even if there is a dip in shipment numbers in June. Typically, July or August are the strongest months for imports into the U.S. as retailers begin to gear up for the holiday season.
Aerosoles names Children’s Place exec as head of retail
Edison, N.J. — Kevin Mead, the former senior VP, director of Stores for The Children’s Place, has joined the senior team at Aerosoles as executive VP, retail reporting directly to CEO Jules Schneider. Mead will lead the strategic direction, ongoing expansion and operations of Aerosoles retail and outlet locations.
Aerosoles recently announced the partnership with Palladin Consumer Retail Partners (PCRP). PCRP and the Aerosoles team are developing plans to achieve the next level of growth for the business. Mead has been brought in to spearhead the strategies for the retail segment.
"Kevin has demonstrated outstanding leadership in retail," said Schneider, CEO of Aerosoles. "He brings deep expertise in creating strategies for an unmatched customer experience in stores and developing growth initiatives to drive business forward."
Comark launches e-commerce sites on Demandware platform
Mississauga, Canada – Comark Inc., parent company to three Canadian specialty apparel retailers, recently launched new e-commerce sites – Ricki’s, Bootlegger and Cleo – on the Demandware Commerce platform. The retailer moved from a hosted e-commerce solution to Demandware’s cloud-based platform for a flexible and scalable digital backbone to support its growing, multi-brand, omnichannel retail operations.
With Demandware, Comark is managing its entire brand portfolio from a central platform, leveraging the operational efficiencies of Demandware’s cloud infrastructure, while maintaining the ability to tailor the shopping experience for each brand. Comark operates more than 300 stores in Canada across its three divisions. Limited by its hosted platform, Comark turned to Demandware for improved storefront capabilities and superior site performance.
In addition, new website features on Demandware enabled Comark to begin to integrate the online and offline experience. Comark took its first steps toward omnichannel enablement by including “ship to store” and “find it in store” capabilities on its new sites.