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Saks boosts display compliance with Tyco RFID solution

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York — Saks Fifth Avenue was able to reach nearly 100% display compliance at its 8th floor shoe department in their flagship New York City store with the TrueVUE Inventory Display Execution application from Tyco Retail Solutions. Using a handheld RFID reader, associates can inventory shoes daily and generate an actionable report of all missing display shoes to replenish.

Previously, this process took several hours per day; up to one week to complete the entire floor; and achieved only 65% compliance. Today, counting display styles takes only 20 minutes for the entire sales floor and enables the store to maintain near perfect display compliance while allowing sales associates to focus on customer service.

“At Saks Fifth Avenue our mission is to provide an exciting selection of high fashion merchandise, and deliver exceptional service and an extraordinary shopping experience that make people look and feel their best,” said Ed Stagman, SVP Store Operations, Saks Fifth Avenue. “Our flagship women’s footwear department in New York City exemplifies this commitment. With Tyco Retail Solutions, we have proven the value of RFID technology for inventory management and merchandising and will continue to leverage the technology to improve sales, optimize merchandise and deliver on our mission.”

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Homeland Stores launches mobile payments

BY Dan Berthiaume

Oklahoma City – Homeland Stores, a 78-store regional supermarket chain headquartered in Oklahoma City, has successfully completed of a mobile payments pilot program with mobile payments technology provider DoubleBeam. Launched in June of this year, Homeland’s SwiftScan mobile application allows customers to pay for purchases with a smartphone.

SwiftScan is currently accepted for payment at 20 Homeland locations, with plans to add 26 more locations by the end of October.

"The SwiftScan app is another example of Homeland’s commitment to save our customers’ time and money each time they visit our stores," said Daryl Fitzgerald, president and CEO, Homeland Stores. "We have had a tremendous response to the app, and are pleased to make the convenient pay-by-phone service available at more Homeland locations throughout our community."

Within three months of the initial pilot, more than 1,500 customers downloaded the Homeland SwiftScan application and have collectively purchased $55,000 in goods using a smartphone device. Once downloaded, customers can activate the payment option simply by taking a picture of a check and a photo ID. At the register, customers can then pay for purchases by scanning a QR code, and selecting the payment option.

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99dresses introduces iOS app

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – 99dresses is introducing a mobile iOS app. 99dresses offers a virtual “clothes swap party” where women list unwanted fashion items and receive virtual “buttons” they can use to claim apparel items listed by other customers. The item listed is then emailed a prepaid USPS shipping label.

"You can receive a dress, wear it to your friend’s birthday party or wedding, and then re-list it in two seconds and immediately earn buttons to spend on something new," said Nikki Durkin, founder and CEO of 99dresses. “99dresses is offering a sustainable way to shop guilt-free through collaborative consumption. Members of the 99dresses community can raid the closets of women all across America and have access to thousands of apparel items from brands ranging from Zara and Topshop to Marc by Marc Jacobs and Alice + Olivia. My overall vision is to create a platform where millions of women can come together to refresh their closets and get their shopping fix without needing to spend thousands of dollars.”

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