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Read All About It: Steps for Successful Software Selection

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The same skills that make for effective retail operations can be applied to software selection. Similar to opening a new store, selecting software requires meticulous planning and an accurate budget.

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Sears Holdings opens DC in Georgia

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Sears Holdings Corp. today announced the grand opening of a new 782,000 sq. ft. direct delivery center in Pendergrass, Ga. According to the company, the facility will distribute home appliances, tractors, TV’s and other large ticket items to over 232 Sears and Kmart stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.

“Sears is excited to be part of the new Jackson 85 Industrial Park in Pendergrass, and proud to continue the strong relationship between Sears and the great State of Georgia. This facility will allow Sears to expand our appliance distribution capabilities and moves us closer to our goal of becoming more effective and efficient,” said Bruce Johnson, evp of supply chain and operations for Sears Holdings.

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Efird joins Fred’s as president

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. Fred’s Inc. today announced that the company has named Bruce Efird president, succeeding John Reier, who becomes vice chairman of the board of directors. Efird will join the company on Sept. 22.

Efird most recently served as evp of merchandising for Meijer Inc., a leading supercenter retailer in the Midwest with more than $13 billion in sales. There he was responsible for all merchandising functions, including softlines, home furnishings, drug store, general merchandise, groceries and perishables. He also was in charge of marketing and advertising functions as well as pricing and e-commerce for the chain’s 179 stores across a five-state area. Prior to that, Efird was evp and general manager for Bruno’s Supermarkets Inc. in Birmingham, Ala.

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