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Sears Holdings to improve omni-channel distribution operations

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — Sears Holdings has selected HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, to help the company manage its distribution network.

The retailer will implement the HighJump Supply Chain Advantage warehouse management system as well as HighJump solutions for yard and labor management across its North American distribution network, which includes 41 distribution centers that cover more than 40 million sq. ft., 106 market delivery operation sites for cross docking appliances and integrated retail fulfillment from select stores for online purchases.

HighJump Software offers a market-leading adaptable, scalable technology platform. The HighJump adaptability tools enable customers to configure work flows in warehouse management systems with internal resources to meet rapidly changing marketplace demands, while maintaining the ability to perform fast, seamless upgrades.

“Our company is committed to building an agile, leading-edge supply chain,” said Jeff Starecheski, VP logistics services, Sears Holdings. “The HighJump solutions will allow us to expand our fulfillment capabilities while improving service to our customers and members.”

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Goodwill teams with AT&T on locator app

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Rockville, Md. — Goodwill Industries International teamed with AT&T to launch a free “Goodwill Locations/Locator” mobile app, currently available on iOS and Android mobile operating systems.

The mobile application provides users with a tool that currently has information about more than 4,800 Goodwill donation centers and stores across the United States and Canada.

The custom app was built by AT&T’s Mobility Solutions Services, using the AT&T Mobile Application Development platform.

“Working with AT&T, we were able to design a mobile app to provide Goodwill supporters with a convenient way to support our mission of job training,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “Rather than having to type a zip code into a website, they are able to instantly locate their nearest Goodwill locations based on their geographic whereabouts.”

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Staples Canada launches multichannel back-to-school centers

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Toronto — Staples Canada has rolled out back-to-school shopping centers in both its stores and online, using both offline and online venues to promote BTS trends, technology and supplies to Canadian school children and their parents.

"We’re ready to celebrate the back-to-school season with our customers," said Steve Matyas, president of Staples Canada. To put together the program, Staples Canada associates spent the past 12 months collaborating with specialists in education, major brands and other partners to develop a comprehensive collection of back-to-school products – and has made the collection available in-store and at staples.ca.

In addition, based on its research, Staples Canada developed a new website featuring tools, tips, sample lists for every grade, and information on a wide assortment of back-to-school products. The information can be found at Staples.ca/backtoschool.

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