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Rent-A-Center names CFO, HR head

BY Dan Berthiaume

Plano, Texas — Rent-A-Center, Inc. has appointed two new senior executives. The company named Guy J. Constant as executive VP finance, CFO and treasurer, and Jody Diaz as senior VP HR and chief people officer, both effective June 16, 2014.

Constant was previously employed by Brinker International Inc. and held several key financial positions during his 10-year tenure, most recently serving as executive VP, CFO and president of global business development. Prior to Brinker, Mr. Constant spent nine years at AMR Corporation, the parent of American Airlines, in various finance positions of increasing scope and responsibility,

Diaz has led the human resources function for a variety of large employers. Most recently, she served as senior VP of HR for Ace Cash Express.

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Market6 releases retailer/supplier collaboration suite

BY Dan Berthiaume

Deerfield, Ill. — Market6, a provider of Web-based retail analytic applications, is introducing Market6 Vantage, a suite of retail analytic applications that automate and simplify joint business planning and retailer/supplier collaboration. Vantage is designed to enable retailers and their suppliers to streamline their collaboration efforts to build and execute more effective and profitable shopper-centric merchandising plans.

With built-in demand driven forecasts, simulation models, and expected/actual analysis, Market6 Vantage is designed to give retailers and suppliers smarter, forward-looking insights to drive more accurate planning and execution. Market6 Vantage provides a common platform of integrated merchandising, shopper, market and operational data, and establishes a set of analytic-enriched measures and assessments as the basis for ongoing collaboration. Vantage’s modules for historical analysis, future planning and execution tracking let users connect planning to execution, identify data-driven performance insights in real-time, and spot opportunities to fix problems.

“Strategic planning and execution with suppliers allows retailers to better serve their target shopper and drive increased sales and gross profits,” said Jim Kelly, CEO of Market6. “Until now the strategic joint planning and execution process has been too resource and time intensive to implement widely. Vantage automates the preparation and on-going maintenance of joint plans, simplifies the collaboration process, and gives trading partners a single view of the actions against a plan to drive improved results.”

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Shopatron debuts free inventory lookup API

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Luis Obispo, Calif. — Shopatron, a provider of cloud-based distributed order management solutions, is releasing a free inventory visibility API. Shopatron Retailer Inventory Lookup is a cloud-based solution that offers enterprise-wide inventory visibility and also provides retailers with actionable analytics to improve in-store operations, stocking, merchandising and product marketing.

The solution enables retailers to instantly connect customers with local, available inventory.

Powered by Shopatron’s lightweight and flexible APIs, Inventory Lookup integrates with nearly any e-commerce platform. With Inventory Lookup’s extensive reporting capabilities, retailers are not tethered to historical store sales data for inventory planning. The solution’s intuitive dashboard allows store-level merchandisers and employees to analyze data in several views, including visual trend lines and graphs based on location, date ranges, SKUs or product families, in addition to customized views in any third-party reporting system through an API connection.

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