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RPE taps JDA sofware applications for Vineyard Vines

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Tampa, Fla. — Retail consultants RPE announced the successful implementation of retail applications from JDA Software Group at Vineyard Vines. The specific applications were chosen to quickly address concerns relative to inventory control, business intelligence/analysis and point-of-sale.

Vineyard Vines, a preppy brand of clothing with stores along the East Coast, was previously running their retail operations on a home grown application. The new systems includes JDA Merchandise Management System, JDA Merchandise Performance Analysis, JDA Win/DSS, and JDACustomer Relationship Management. The new footprint will be managed through RPE’s Software as a Service model.

"We needed a core system with the functionality and scalability to support our growing retail business," said Mike Gaumer, CEO, Vineyard Vines. "Factors we considered when choosing to work with RPE included their successful track record, industry credibility and proven JDA expertise."

RPE is a retail consulting firm specializing in business process improvement, package selection, strategic IT planning and systems implementation to deliver innovative merchandising and supply chain solutions.

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Alliance Data signs multi-year renewal agreement with Arhaus Furniture

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Dallas — Alliance Data Systems Corporation, provider of loyalty and marketing solutions derived from transaction-rich data, announced it has signed a multi-year renewal agreement with Arhaus Furniture — a high-end retailer of quality, customizable home furnishings and accessories — to continue providing turnkey private label credit-card services for Arhaus’ retail locations.

Under terms of the agreement, Alliance Data will continue providing private label credit-card services, including account acquisition and activation, receivables funding, card authorization, private label credit-card issuance, statement generation, remittance processing, marketing services and customer service functions as part of the "Archarge" credit-card program. Program benefits include flexible financing options and online account management for Arhaus cardholders, as well as customized messaging in monthly billing statements.

"We look forward to continuing our 18-year partnership with Alliance Data, and truly value the private label credit-card services the company has provided to Arhaus through the Archarge credit-card program," said John Reed, CEO of Arhaus Furniture, which has 35 stores in 14 states, with plans for four additional locations in 2011. "With Alliance Data’s approach to customer service aligning nicely with our customer care philosophy, we’re able to deliver meaningful value to our customers through this card program. The Archarge program is an important extension of our brand — one that helps to ensure we’ll continue to be our customers’ retailer of choice when it comes to fine furniture and accessories."

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Report: Russsian grocers merge to deter Wal-Mart

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New York City — Two of Russia’s largest grocery store chains, Pyaterochka and Kopeika, said on Monday that they would merge their operations in a move that would better position them to compete with Wal-Mart Stores, which is expected to enter the Russian market, according to the New York Times.

The deal, worth about $1.7 billion including the assumption of debt, was also a sign of renewed confidence in the Russian consumer market, which has been picking up because of rising prices for oil and other commodities that Russia exports, the report said.

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