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PetroChina rolls out Retalix StorePoint

BY CSA STAFF

Ra-anana, Israel — Retalix announced Tuesday that PetroChina has completed a rollout of its StorePoint POS and StorePoint Fuel solutions to more than 16,000 convenience store and fuel locations across China.

The Retalix software rollout was part of a larger IT hardware and software upgrade for PetroChina, helping the retailer introduce greater automation and control over its store-level and enterprise-level operations.

“Prior to the IT upgrade, PetroChina retail operations were dependent upon many manual procedures,” said Wang Bo, VP of PetroChina Sales Co. “We realized the need for technology partners like Retalix to help us enhance our IT systems in an effort to better manage our rapid growth and expansion, and to sharpen our competitive edge.”

The rollout of the point-of-sale, store management and fuel software was completed in less than two years, and the software was adapted and customized to fit the specific needs of PetroChina and the Chinese market that it serves.

Retalix’s partner in China, MSGSB of Beijing, provided project management, training and local support during and after the rollout.

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Saks first-quarter profits soar, looks to grow Off 5th unit

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NEW YORK — Saks Inc. announced reportednet income of $28.4 million, or 16 cents per diluted share, for the first quarter.For the prior year first quarter, the company recorded net income of $18.8 million, or 11 cents per diluted share.

Stephen Sadove, chairman and CEO, noted, "I am very pleased with our first quarter results. Our improved year-over-year performance was driven by a 10.2% comparable-store sales increase and continued gross margin rate improvement."

In the Saks Fifth Avenue stores, several merchandise categories showed strength during the first quarter, including women’s and men’s apparel, handbags and shoes, the company reported. For the quarter, the sales increase in the New York City flagship store was in line with the company’s aggregate comparable-store sales performance.

Saks Direct posted an approximate 25% comparable-store sales increase in the first quarter. Off 5th’s comparable-store sales performance was below the company’s aggregate comparable-store sales performance for the quarter.

The company said it expects comparable-store sales growth in the high-single digit range for the second quarter and in the mid-to-high single digit range in the second half of the fiscal year.

Saks also announced that it plans to open four new Off 5th stores this year inKansas City, Oklahoma City, Northbrook, Ill., and Charleston, S.C.

Additionally, the Off 5th arm said it will open a new store at the Market at Town Center in Sugar Land, Texas, that will replace its store located at The Fountains in Stafford, Texas.

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Publix ends partnership with The Little Clinic

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LAKELAND, Fla. — Supermarket chain Publix has confirmed the termination of the lease arrangements with The Little Clinic within select store locations in Florida and Georgia.

The move marks the end of Publix’s five-year partnership with The Little Clinic, which is part of Solera Capital’s portfolio. Solera Capital had acquired The Little Clinic’s predecessor in 2005.

In 2010, private investment fund Solera Capital sold the remainder of its Little Clinic business to Kroger. Those Kroger-owned Little Clinic locations are not closing.

In a statement sent to Retailing Today’s sister publication,Drug Store News, Publix stated that it has "decided to terminate our lease agreement with Solera Clinics, the owner of The Little Clinic, to allow us the opportunity to better focus on our core grocery and pharmacy business."

A statement on the Publix’s website indicated that 31-of-the-40 in-store clinic locations in Florida and Georgia closed as of May 9. The closing dates for the remaining nine locations have not yet been announced.

In a statement sent to Drug Store News, a Solera Clinics representative stated, “We appreciate the hard work of the employees of the Publix in-store clinics to make these operations a success. These clinics were early entrants in the retail clinic industry and evolved into a cornerstone of the consumer healthcare movement by bringing innovation and choice into the healthcare landscape. We see great opportunity in consumer-focused health care, in and beyond retail clinics. We will continue to work with Publix and our other partners to bring convenient, affordable and innovative health-and-wellness solutions to consumers and employers.”

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