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Save Mart selects Novell management and security solution

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Waltham, Mass. Novell announced Monday that Save Mart Supermarkets, which operates about 240 grocery stores in California and Nevada, has implemented a combination of Novell Zenworks Configuration Management, Zenworks Asset Management and Zenworks Endpoint Security Management.

All part of Novell Endpoint Management solutions, the product set will enable the retailer to effectively manage, monitor and secure all of its desktops, laptops, point-of-sale lanes (POS) and handheld devices, substantially reducing cost and strain on its IT resources.

“The more we can streamline our IT processes and lower our overhead costs, the better value we can offer to our retail customers,” said James Sims, chief information officer, Save Mart Supermarkets. “Our IT department is now running at half the cost, as a percentage of revenue, of many of our retail peers.”

Save Mart has doubled in size over the last two years, placing significant constraints on the company’s 12 system administrators who manage 1,200 desktops, 1,000 servers and 2,500 POS lanes across multiple operating systems and more than a dozen offices. The retailer needed a more efficient way of managing its numerous IT assets, distributing applications and patches, updating handheld devices and quickly resolving system issues and provision desktops.

Save Mart turned to Novell Endpoint Management solutions to streamline the management and security of all its endpoint devices and processes without increasing operational costs. The Zenworks Configuration Management helped Save Mart cut desktop provisioning time by 75%, according to Novell.

Additionally, in order to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements such as PCI and HIPAA, Save Mart deployed Novell Zenworks Endpoint Security Management. And Save Mart deployed Novell Zenworks Asset Management to ensure software compliance and identify opportunities to reclaim or redistribute underutilized software licenses.

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Toys’R’Us raises $4.5 million for children’s charity

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WAYNE, N.J. On April 29, Toys”R”Us was joined by leaders from the toy and baby products industries to celebrate the silver anniversary of the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Gala in New York City. According to the company, the event raised nearly $4.5 million for the charity. The Gala’s 25th anniversary milestone event was hosted by Emmy and Tony Award-winning comedian Martin Short, and featured a performance by five-time GRAMMY award-winner Faith Hill.

Additionally, Gala attendees pledged nearly $140,000 to support the Special Olympics Young Athletes program.

“In 1985, our company first gathered friends from the toy and baby products industries with a simple goal of giving back to children who need help most.  Last night’s Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund Gala marked the 25th anniversary of what has become a beloved tradition in our industry and a celebration of how much we love kids,” said Jerry Storch, chairman and CEO of Toys“R”Us. “Thanks, in part, to the generosity of our business partners throughout the years, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund donates millions of dollars each year to programs that keep children safe and help them in times of need.” 

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Kohl’s gets more green accolades

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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. Kohl’s Department Stores announced that it has received the inaugural Gold Edison Green Award at the annual Edison Awards Gala held on April 29 in New York City. The Edison Awards, associated with the Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University, symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Alva Edison. Kohl’s receipt of the Edison Green Award recognizes the company’s commitment to developing sustainable solutions and green business models in an effort to reduce the community’s carbon footprint.

“Kohl’s is honored to be recognized by its peers for our ongoing efforts to improve our shared environment,” said Ken Bonning, Kohl’s EVP store planning and logistics. “By engaging associates, partners and members of the community, Kohl’s continues to operate our business with a commitment to environmental responsibility. From partnering in green building pilot programs to supporting renewable energy initiatives, we’re focused on long-term solutions that help protect the Earth’s resources.”

The Edison Awards, a peer-review honor, are voted on by roughly 2,000 members of the not-for-profit Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG), America’s top executives and academics. Edison Awards are judged on marketplace innovation, marketplace success, technological innovation, market structure innovation, societal impact and design innovation.

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