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Retail’s Big Show to draw record attendance

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York City — National Retail Federation officials said Monday that a record crowd of 24,000 attendees is expected to converge on its 101st Annual Convention & Expo, which kicked off Sunday at the Jacob J. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The exhibit floor officially opens on Monday.

Under the theme “Retail’s New Rules: Engage & Evolve,” the convention focuses on technological innovations in the retail environment. Keynote speaker former President Bill Clinton is expected to draw a huge crowd on Monday, as he addresses the topic “Embracing Our Common Humanity” and discusses the challenges of globalization. Clinton’s session will be moderated by Macy’s president and CEO Terry Lundgren.

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Winn-Dixie CEO to step down

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Jacksonville, Fla. — Winn-Dixie said Friday that its CEO Peter Lynch will step down, as the supermarket chain merges with Bi-Lo LLC. Current Bi-Lo chairman Randall Onstead will replace Lynch as CEO.

Lynch said in a letter to employees that he will remain for another 60 to 120 days to assist in the transition.

Bi-Lo purchased Winn-Dixie for $560 million in December.

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Saks Fifth Avenue pilots Cornell-Mayo’s mobile POS

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Parsippany, N.J. — Cornell-Mayo Associates said Monday that Saks Fifth Avenue is piloting its Omniexpress mobile POS application for the iPod at two Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th stores.

The pilot is underway at stores in Woodbury Commons, N.Y. and Bergen, N.J., with four iPods in each store. Saks plans to pilot the Omniexpress mobile POS application for the iPod in its Saks Fifth Avenue stores later this month as well as begin the rollout to additional Off 5th and Saks Fifth Avenue stores in spring 2012.

The mobile POS solution includes remote wireless printing using two Epson printers, the TM-P60 (Mobilink) and the TM-T88V. Epson’s Mobilink printer offers a 20-hour battery life and is used for mobility, while the TM-88V will be used for more stationary applications throughout the store.

The solution allows associates to do price inquiries on the sales floor, rather than leaving their assigned areas to go to a register. It also allows them to travel the stores, looking for customers who can be remotely checked out. The associates carry everything needed to complete the transaction right on the spot, including the Epson TM-P60 mobile printers.

As well, the mobile POS solutions can be used for line busting during peak shopping times.

"Saks associates at the pilot stores have quickly adapted to the interface, since it is very similar to our conventional register-based POS application used in all Saks stores," said Windell Manuel, senior VP and chief technology officer, Saks Fifth Avenue. "It uses the same code and business logic as the registers. In addition, our customers are impressed that Saks is using the latest technology, and they find that the experience is very personal."

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