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Report: Obama to visit a Costco on Wednesday

BY Staff Writer

Washington, D.C. — A day after he gives his State of the Union speech, President Obama will follow up Wednesday with visits to a Costco store in Maryland and a steel plant in Pennsylvania, USA Today reported.

During his stop at the Costco in Lanham, which is located about 15 miles from the White House, Obama is expected to deliver remarks on the economy, the report said.

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RILA board elects Dollar General CEO as chairman

BY Staff Writer

New York — The Retail Industry Leaders Association elected Richard Dreiling, chairman and CEO of Dollar General, as the new chairman of its board of directors.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as board chairman for RILA and to work with this exceptional group of retail leaders to strengthen our industry,” said Dreiling. “RILA is a critical strategic partner in empowering our industry to speak with one voice to champion issues that affect the retail sector, our workforce and our valued customers.”

Dreiling succeeds Target CEO and chairman Gregg Steinhafel, who was elected to a two-year term as chairman in 2012. He will remain a member of the executive committee, assuming the role of immediate past chair.

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Gordmans implements Oracle Retail solutions

BY Dan Berthiaume

Omaha, Neb. – Department store retailer Gordmans has implemented Oracle Retail solutions to improve the customer experience and deliver on its advertised promise that shoppers will find “something unexpected” with each store visit. Using Oracle Retail software, Gordmans is streamlining the supply chain that supports its expansion throughout the Midwest.

Gordmans implemented Oracle Retail supply chain planning and execution solutions as part of a business expansion strategy that includes adding 10 new stores in 2013 and boosting the performance of existing locations. The Oracle Retail solutions provide Gordmans with more immediate insight regarding customer demand and item performance as well as the tools to offer new assortments and provide customers with trending products, brands and designers. Gordmans is also using the Oracle solutions to enable a multi-distribution center operation and offer more diverse and compelling assortments.

“Without the Oracle Retail solution we could not have grown beyond our 78 stores, and we are on course to surpass 100 locations next year,” said Richard Heyman, CIO, Gordmans. “The Oracle solutions enable our multi-DC model and have transformed our business, putting us on course to drive better performance. We are leveraging Oracle to improve product selection, inventory turnover and our ability to respond faster to customer demand.”

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