Perry Ellis launches global shopping for all e-commerce sites
Miami — Perry Ellis International announced that is has expanded its e-commerce reach and worldwide accessibility with the launch of international shipping on all its e-commerce sites, provided by FiftyOne Global Ecommerce.
Among the over 100 countries Perry Ellis now serves are Canada, Australia, Mexico, Japan and many others across North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
“Our company has a diverse portfolio of brands known and respected around the world, so it was the natural progression to offer this important service as we grow and elevate our ecommerce business,” said Michelle Magallon, VP e-commerce for Perry Ellis International. “Working with a proven and trustworthy international service provider like FiftyOne was one of the most important factors in providing our customers the stellar service they expect, no matter where in the world they call home.”
Francesca’s Q3 net earnings up 78%; 80 stores on tap for fiscal 2013
Houston — Francesca’s Holdings Corp. reported that net earnings in the fourth quarter rose 78% to $14.9 from $8.4 million in the same quarter last year. The company also said it plans to open 80 stores in fiscal year 2013.
Net sales in the quarter ended February 2, 2013, rose 40.6% to $86.7 million, compared with net sales of $61.7 million during the same period in fiscal 2011. Same-stores sales in the quarter increased 9.2%, driven by increased transactions and strong growth in its clothing and jewelry categories.
"We are well positioned with the teams and capabilities to continue expansion of our boutique base, increase boutique productivity and further develop our direct-to-customer presence,” said CEO Neil Davis. “Looking ahead, we continue our growth trajectory with 80 openings for fiscal 2013, reaching the milestone of over 400 locations by the end of the first quarter."
For the full year, net sales increased 45.2% to $296.4 million. Same-store sales rose 14.9%.
Mobile checkout coming to more stores
The Scan & Go system Walmart introduced last fall in Northwest Arkansas and Atlanta has been expanded to six new markets.
The Associated Press reported this week that Walmart’s Scan & Go program, initially available in about 70 stores in two markets, has been expanded to 200 stores in new markets including Dallas, Houston, Austin, Denver, Portland and Seattle.
The system enables shoppers who download an app to scan items with their smartphones and then pay at self-checkout terminals by scanning a code that displays on their smartphone screen.
To call attention to the service, Walmart positioned corrugate displays near the entrances of select stores that explained the service on tear pads and offered Scan & Go bags for sale. The key selling point of the service is the ability to "skip the checkout line," a perennial sore spot with shoppers that Walmart has attempted to address over the years with improved labor scheduling.