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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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Supervalu announces executive change

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Minneapolis — Supervalu announced that Janel Haugarth, executive VP, president and COO of the company’s supply chain services organization has been named executive VP merchandising and logistics. Steve Jungmann, who had held the position of executive VP merchandising, will leave the company effective immediately.

In her new role, Haugarth will be responsible for all merchandising activities across the company’s traditional retail and independent retail businesses. This move consolidates the leadership of all of the company’s merchandising activities, with the exception of Save-A-Lot, under the leadership of a single executive VP. Haugarth will continue to oversee all of the company’s supply chain and logistics operations, and will report directly to Supervalu CEO Craig Herkert,

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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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