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Rockport taps Demandware for e-commerce platform

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Woburn, Mass. — Demandware announced that Rockport has selected Demandware Commerce as its new e-commerce platform.

Replacing its legacy ecommerce solution, Rockport chose Demandware Commerce for its efficient and flexible on-demand model and the ability to gain more control over their overall merchandising and marketing initiatives. New features of the re-launched Rockport.com site will include enhanced customer profiles, trend-driven merchandising, ability to compare selected shoes and send to a friend for help in choosing from multiple styles and product ratings and reviews to name a few.

"Working with a partner who could give us control over our ecommerce initiatives and support our growth strategy was a key factor in our overall decision,” said Peter Shea, head of e-commerce, Rockport, Canton, Mass. "Demandware provides the perfect combination of powerful e-commerce functionality and operational efficiency that will allow us to focus on growing the channel. This implementation will immediately take our e-commerce operations to the next level and enable us to keep up with the increasingly sophisticated demands of today’s consumer.”

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Dollar General to open 625 stores in 2011

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Goodlettsville, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. on Monday lifted its earnings outlook for the year as fiscal third-quarter profit jumped 69% on continued growth in sales and margins.

The company reported earnings of $128.1 million in the latest quarter, compared with $75.6 million a year earlier. Net sales for the quarter ended Oct. 29 rose 10% to $3.22 billion and same-store sales increased 4.2%.

“Dollar General is having a great year. We are executing our plans and delivering excellent performance for our shareholders. Even as the macroeconomic environment continues to be volatile for our customers, our strong results are top-tier among retailers,” said Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO.

In 2011, Dollar General plans to open approximately 625 new stores, including expansion into Connecticut, New Hampshire and Nevada. In addition, it plans to remodel or relocate approximately 550 stores. Selling square footage is expected to increase approximately 7% in 2011.

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Report: Build-A-Bear on hunt for buyer

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New York City — Build-A-Bear is looking for a buyer and has approached private-equity firms, according to three people with knowledge of the matter, Bloomberg reported.

Barclays Capital is advising the company, the report said. The St. Louis-based chain, founded by Maxine Clark, opened its first store in 1997.

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