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Report: Walmart offers online price comparison tool

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Walmart has introduced an online feature, called “Savings Catcher,” that allows shoppers to compare prices on the chain’s food and household products against those of its competitors, according to the Associated Press. General merchandise categories and electronics are not included, and neither are purchases of store brands or those made online.

Walmart began offering the new service in late February, the report said, in seven markets, including Dallas, San Diego and Atlanta.

The company did not say when the feature would be rolled out nationwide. The idea for the online tool was generated during a Walmart focus group in 2013, and it was subsequently tested in four markets on an invitation-only basis before being rolled out to select markets in February, according to the Associated Press.

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A&P names COO as CEO

BY Staff Writer

Montvale, N.J. — The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P) announced that company COO Paul Hertz has been appointed president and CEO, effective immediately. He succeeds Sam Martin. In January, A&P confirmed Martin’s departure.

Prior to joining A&P in 2010, Hertz served as executive VP of retail stores for OfficeMax, which he joined in 2007. He is a 27-year veteran of the retail industry, beginning his retailing career in 1987 as a manager with Fred Meyer, a division of Kroger. Previously, he held a variety of senior executive positions at Wild Oats Markets, Shopko Stores and Fred Meyer.

In addition, A&P announced that Christopher McGarry, former executive VP and general counsel, has been appointed chief administrative officer and Nirup Krishnamurthy, former CIO, will assume the additional role of chief strategy officer.

“I look forward to working with the board of directors and the talented associates of A&P in this new capacity. A&P is a valuable franchise and a cornerstone in the communities in which we operate. We will work hard to meet the needs of our customers today and in the future,” Hertz stated.

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Ashley Furniture upgrades retail management with Microsoft Dynamics

BY Dan Berthiaume

Arcadia, Wis. – When vertical furniture retailer Ashley Furniture found its homegrown retail management system no longer supported its rapid global growth, the company decided to investigate both regional and Tier 1 enterprise retail management systems. Determining it needed a multi-language, multi-currency solution that could support the unique financial requirements of each country where it did business, Ashley Furniture selected Microsoft Dynamics.

The selection was based on factors including Microsoft’s continual investment in and support of the product, as well as the solution’s ability to meet broader retail management needs. Ashley Furniture is currently implementing Microsoft Dynamics, with full rollout slated for 2015. The retailer expects benefits including faster checkout, a more cohesive omni-channel customer experience, and providing back-end pricing, availability and delivery information directly to the store floor.

Future plans include an Ashley Furniture app, supported by Microsoft Dynamics, that would draw on a customer’s wish list and account information to direct them to specific pieces in the store.

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J.Shaughness says:
Mar-26-2014 01:01 pm

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When we discovered Ashley had a "no return/no cancellation" policy we vowed to never return and ensure all we know were aware of their policy.

J.Shaughness says:
Mar-26-2014 01:01 pm

When we discovered Ashley had a "no return/no cancellation" policy we vowed to never return and ensure all we know were aware of their policy.

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