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Reitmans expands Oracle Retail footprint to improve merchandising and supply chain operations

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Redwood Shores, Calif. Reitmans, Canada’s largest specialty retailer, has selected the Oracle Retail Merchandising System to help transform its merchandising and supply chain operations, as well as support growth across seven brands and more than 950 stores. The suite of applications provides out-of-the-box integration with supply chain operations, making it easier for staff to support and upgrade the systems.

The retailer expects to use the Oracle Retail applications to improve critical aspects of its merchandising and supply chain operations, such as gaining better analysis of item attributes, fine-tuning case packs to align with store-level size demand, and automating order execution, as well as improving order quality, status visibility and context around the allocation.

Additionally, Reitmans expects to use the system to further improve price management by creating rules-based clearance and gaining more robust management of promotions.

“The Oracle Retail suite of applications addresses specific opportunities to create value across the fashion merchandising and supply chain business,” said Diane Randolph, CIO, Reitmans. “We will be able to support changes and growth across all parts of our business, and the out-of-the-box integration will enable us to reduce the overall cost of maintenance and upgrades.”

To reduce IT costs and increase flexibility to support business needs, Reitmans will eliminate a highly customized legacy environment.

Reitmans already uses a wide range of Oracle technology and applications, including the Oracle Database, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise Financials and Oracle Retail planning applications.

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New additions to beauty

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This March, the beauty department at Target is set to receive new items from such boutique brands as NP Set and Pixi. The new launches are designed to fulfill the retailer’s “expect more” value proposition. Target will add five new products from the NP Set brand including a $32 NP Set Romance Set with 26 colors, including 18 eye shadows, four blushes and four lip glosses, a $15 mascara, a $15 eye primer, a $17 compact kit called Pretty Presto and a $13 item called the NP Set On the Double Pens.

Under the Pixi brand, new items will include an $18 Smokey Eye Primer, a $14 Endless Silky Eye Pen, a $28 Flawless & Poreless cleanser and a $25 Lumi Luxe Bronzer Palette.

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Borders sees decrease in holiday sales

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. Borders Group reported that for the 11-week holiday period ended Jan. 16 total consolidated sales were $846.8 million, a 13.7% decrease compared with the same period last year.

Within the Borders superstore segment, total sales for the period were $649.2 million, a 14.7% decrease from a year ago. Comparable-store sales at Borders superstores declined 14.6%. Factoring out multimedia, comparable-store sales at Borders superstores declined 10.9%.

 

Within the Waldenbooks Specialty Retail segment, total sales for the holiday period were $153.2 million, a 14.6% decrease year-over-year. Comparable-store sales for Waldenbooks stores that will remain open beyond the end of this month declined 9.4%.

 

“We are disappointed with holiday results and must intensify our focus on creating and delivering a shopping experience that drives profitable sales,” said Borders Group CEO Ron Marshall. “Given the sales challenge, we have continued to manage cash flow and have taken several important steps in line with our strategic priorities, including moving away from underperforming, low margin categories such as music and video in favor of better performing categories such as children’s.”

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