Ring Bros. Marketplace selects Episys to improve in-store signage, communication
Boston Specialty grocer Ring Bros. Marketplace is implementing Retail Enterprise Suite from global information technology solutions and services company, Episys, to support the printing of high-impact, colorful, shelf-edge labels and point-of-sale signage.
The system implementation, which is due to go live in early 2010, will provide Ring Bros. Marketplace with a host of new business management features. As part of the implementation, a blend of high-impact, colorful point-of-sale and informative shelf edge labels will be produced, complemented by multimedia, electronic signage, and self-help kiosks to provide customers with information.
“We pride ourselves on offering our customers a varied selection of products that you wouldn’t find at your local supermarket,” said Donald Fallon, general manager and director of marketing at Ring Bros. Marketplace. “By implementing the Retail Enterprise Suite, we will increase customer satisfaction through highly informative, concise and consistent signage, which in turn, we trust, will lead to increased sales.”
Nintendo game to feature Beyonce designs
REDMOND, Wash. Nintendo has partnered with Beyonce Knowles to give fans of its “Style Savvy” game for Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi access to new designs from the entertainer’s Dereon clothing line co-created with her mother, designer Tina Knowles. As managers of their own virtual boutiques, players can incorporate these chic Dereon fashions as they create one-of-a-kind looks for their in-game clientele, Nintendo reported.
“‘Style Savvy’ is all about creativity and fashion, both of which are really important to me,” says Beyonce. “I love that I get to become a stylist and take over my own boutique, and it’s so much fun to see some of my Dereon designs added to the mix.”
Sears names new head of retail services
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Sears Holdings announced that James Haworth will join the company as EVP and president of retail services succeeding Kevin Holt who will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Haworth will be responsible for the oversight, leadership and strategic growth of retail services for all Kmart and Sears stores. He will serve as a member of the internal holding company business unit board of directors as well.
Haworth most recently served as chairman, president and CEO for Chia Tai Enterprises International Limited & CP Lotus, an investment holding company principally engaged in the operation of one-stop shopping centers within China. In 2005, he founded Business Decisions Inc., a consulting firm specializing in strategic product marketing for the retail, merchandising and supply chain industries. Previous to Business Decisions Inc., Haworth spent 20 years with Walmart Stores, in roles of increasing responsibility including EVP operations for Sam’s Club and EVP and COO of Walmart Stores.
“We’re very pleased that Jim is joining our executive team,” said Bruce Johnson, interim CEO and president of Sears Holdings. “He brings a wealth of global retail experience, demonstrated success in retail operations, merchandising and strategic planning along with a great understanding of how to create lasting relationships with customers. We thank Kevin for his contributions to the company and wish him well in all future endeavors.”