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RadioShack to expand its presence in Target

BY CSA STAFF

New York City — RadioShack Corp. plans to almost double its presence in Target stores, where it operates wireless departments for the Minneapolis retailer, according to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

RadioShack ran mobile departments in 850 Targets at the end of 2010, the report said, with the number expected to increase to approximately 1,450 Target stores by June 30.

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Charming Charlie, Kronos team toward workforce management

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Chelmsford, Mass. — Kronos said Monday that fashion accessory retailer Charming Charlie has selected Kronos’ end-to-end workforce management solution to sustain growth, increase productivity and improve employee retention.

Charming Charlie selected the time and attendance, forecasting and scheduling, hiring, labor analytics and human resources and payroll applications from Kronos.

“Kronos will help us achieve the right blend of effective hiring, scheduling and trend analysis to maximize sales,” said Ron Batts, director of store operations for Charming Charlie.

Charming Charlie is replacing manual processes with the Kronos solution. “By automating workforce management processes at this critical growth juncture, Charming Charlie has displayed a progressive attitude and dedication toward customers and employees,” said Charlie DeWitt, VP of vertical marketing for Kronos.

Kronos made the announcement at the National Retail Federation convention in New York City.

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Giant Eagle selects Galleria for behavioral cluster planning

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Chicago — Galleria announced that Giant Eagle has signed an agreement to deploy its Behavioral Cluster Planning solution, a behavioral-based clustering solution that provides consumer insight and analysis.

The solution will cluster Giant Eagle’s stores based on product and category performance to help the retailer gain more insight to its shoppers’ needs to accurately meet customer demand. An existing customer of Galleria, Giant Eagle is currently using Galleria’s Customer-Centric Merchandising and Promotional Display Optimization solutions and plans to roll out the Behavioral Cluster Planning solution in 2011.

“We continuously work to better understand our customers’ wants and needs to provide them with the best shopping experience possible,” said Dan Schnorr, senior director of retail space planning at Giant Eagle. “We continue to have great success with Galleria’s other merchandising solutions and look forward to deploying Behavioral Cluster Planning to further optimize sales opportunities and help ensure we have the right products for our customers in store.”

Using Galleria’s automated application, the supermarket retailer can cluster stores based on product and category performance. Through a combination of bottom-up and top-town methodologies, the solution accounts for local demographics, sales patterns, store sizes and store locations. The process will enable Giant Eagle to determine the ideal amount of clusters for each category to ensure the benefits of localization are balanced against the costs of implementation.

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