Publix implements ADC software system
Tampa, Fla. — Applied Data Corporation (ADC), a provider of fresh item management (FIM), recipe management and scales management software to the grocery retail and food service industries, announces that Publix Super Markets, a 1,068 store chain headquartered in Lakeland, Fla., has selected InterScale, ADC’s Scales Management Software system, for data transmission to and from the barcode labeling scales in their stores.
InterScale communicates with over fifty different types of barcode labeling scales, printers and kiosks, from a variety of manufacturers.
InterScale is a toolset within ADC’s InterStore FIM software suite and works with the NutriGen Recipe Manager and the P-Cubed In-Store Food Production Manager to provide grocers with an integrated software solution to help increase efficiencies in their fresh departments.
RadioShack’s disappointing Q1 sales spell branding changes
FORT WORTH, Texas — RadioShack posted first quarter 2013 quarter sales of $849 million and a loss of $43 million, compared with $913 million last year and a loss of $8 million.
As a result of the company’s disappointing first quarter, it has ended its mobile phone partnership with Target. RadioShack said it had stopped operating its Target Mobile centers before the end of last month. The company had operated mobile phone kiosks inside Target stores.
RadioShack’s CEO since February has been Joe Magnacca, who was previously EVP daily living products and solutions at Walgreens, having joined Walgreens in 2010 when it bought Duane Reade, where he had served as president. Magnacca is not letting the slump in sales, higher than the company estimated, dampen his outlook for the company’s future.
"In the few weeks that I have been with the company, I have distilled several key learnings that have led me to focus on an initial set of priorities to begin driving our turnaround: building the right management team, reinvigorating the store experience, and jumpstarting our powerful brand. While I inherited an experienced management team, there were a couple of important roles to fill. Last week, we announced the hiring of a new chief marketing officer and a new senior vice president of store concepts," said Magnacca.
Magnacca stated that RadioShack is rolling out a new brand image, and customers can expect to see changes in the company’s branding and advertising soon. Strategic New York City locations will be getting a new look and feel throughout the next few weeks. The company will also be revamping its online and mobile channels over time so it can provide customers with a seamless experience and work to make itself relevant again.
"RadioShack has a uniquely strong franchise. We have a powerful brand that has stood the test of time over nine decades and has a large, loyal customer following. We have strong relationships with leading vendors and a portfolio of trusted private brands that offer highly innovative technology products. We have a vast network of more than 4,300 company-operated stores and approximately 1,000 dealer outlets across the U.S. We have an established international presence in more than 25 countries, including 270 company-operated stores in Mexico. Most important, we have approximately 30,000 employees who are genuinely focused on delivering solutions for our customers," added Magnacca.
New tool lets manufacturers see consumer impact on supply chain
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Retail Velocity and SAP Applications have expanded their partnership to develop and launch the Velocity Demand Data Streaming Service, which will integrate data streams from retailers and distributors and show manufacturers the impact consumers have on the supply chain.
Working directly with SAP, Retail Velocity has extended its current integration with SAP Applications partnership to support SAP in providing their customers with a holistic view of how consumer demand and in-store sales are materializing downstream in near real time. The service will allow manufacturers to ensure that replenishment, sales and promotions are aligned with consumer demand, maximizing revenue opportunities and reducing costs.
“I am delighted that Retail Velocity is extending their partner relationship within the SAP Partner network,” said Ian McDonald, VP of consumer products industry business solutions at SAP. “Retail Velocity’s Data Streaming Service offers SAP’s Consumer Products customers a tried-and-tested service to quickly access their retail partners’ in-store data. It is a fantastic fit with SAP’s Demand Signal Management solution. Together we can bring our customers closer to understanding the true consumer pull on the supply chain.”
Consumer goods manufacturers today typically have various methods and sometimes disconnected processes for acquiring direct retailer POS data streams that integrate with multiple databases and business intelligence tools. As a result of the expanded partnership between SAP and Retail Velocity, customers will benefit from a fully integrated end-to-end offering.
“Working with SAP to expand our integration partner relationship in support of SAP’s DSiM solution makes perfect sense for us. Given Retail Velocity’s strength and experience in the consumer goods space, especially with those manufacturers that are striving to become more consumer-centric, we feel our Velocity Demand Data Streaming Service is a great solution fit to support the DSiM platform,” said Jennifer Beckett, VP sales and marketing at Retail Velocity.
Since 1994, Retail Velocity has equipped consumer goods and apparel manufacturers with retail data harmonization, demand signal repository and business intelligence solutions. Velocity cleanses, harmonizes and integrates daily, store-level POS with third party and internal data to provide end users with best practice analytics and processes geared toward maximizing sell-through and profitability across their retail and distribution accounts. Some of its clients include Mattel, Masco, Revlon, Hanes and Levi Strauss.
SAP Applications develops a comprehensive set of integrated business applications that allow manufacturers to manage financial, asset and cost accounting, production operations and materials, personnel, plants and archived documents.
The Velocity Demand Data Streaming Service provides manufacturers with a single access point for daily updates to store and DC level inventory and sales activity data. Velocity provides a single source of demand analytics covering key areas such as category management, sales, customer logistics, finance, marketing, merchandising and demand planning. It also provides the largest portfolio of harmonization and integration adaptors covering more than 300 retailers and distributors in all classes of trade and global geographies.