Sears Holdings names Displaydata as a top supplier
London — Displaydata announced Tuesday it was named a 2014 Partner in Transformation for Sears Holdings Corp. The company received the award for delivering Sears’ innovative digital display technology that supports its Shop Your Way program in stores.
Displaydata’s responsiveness, hands-on delivery and commitment to supporting Sears’ deployment in hundreds of stores to date has built a strong collaboration and partnership between both organizations. The award was recently presented at Sears Holdings’ 2014 Vendor Summit.
Sears Holdings presented the prestigious Partners in Transformation award to a select group of supplier companies that excel in supporting the transformation of Sears Holdings through innovation around integrated retail and the Shop Your Way program. Of the more than 30,000 suppliers that work with Sears Holdings, less than one half of 1% had the privilege of receiving this award.
"These awards recognize our top-performing suppliers as true partners that support our transformation in becoming a leader in integrated retail," said Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings’ chairman and CEO. "Through our continued collaboration, we will be able to more effectively leverage the breadth of our portfolio and the power of our brands to better meet the needs of our Shop Your Way members."
The Partners in Transformation recipients were selected from nominations that were submitted by those Sears Holdings’ associates responsible for purchasing decisions.
Online beauty retailer Julep taps former Blue Nile exec as chief delivery officer
New York — Online beauty subscription brand Julep has tapped former Blue Nile executive Dwight Gaston as chief delivery officer. In the role, he will oversee Julep’s operations, customer service, fulfillment and product development teams to ensure efficient delivery of products to its customers.
Julep said it develops more than 300 new products each year for its Maven subscribers and e-commerce customers, and shipments are growing exponentially.
Gaston spent 15 years at online jewelry retailer Blue Nile in executive roles, most recently as senior VP of operations. He previously served as VP of operations and director of fulfillment operations.
Staples expanding home/office automation platform; 500 store rollout planned
Framingham, Mass. — Staples is expanding its home and office automation platform, Staples Connect, including a rollout to 500 stores, new pricing for the Staples Connect Hub, and collaborations with Microsoft, Jawbone, and D-Link. Staples is also the first retailer to announce the integration of wearable technology to its platform.
Staples Connect was introduced in the fall of 2013 in select stores and online as a home and office automation platform, putting the company in competition with Google’s Nest, Lowe’s Iris system and Home Depot’s new Wink platform arriving in stores July 7. Staples Connect system includes an app developed by Zonoff, a universal hub from Linksys and other devices that can talk to one another to control lighting, climate control and safety systems in a home or a business.
"Staples Connect offers the best-in-class home and office automation solution, with the widest array of product and services from the most trusted brands," said Mike Edwards, Staples executive VP of merchandising. “Our in-store expansion shows that Staples is committed to providing our customers the newest tech offerings and innovations, like Staples Connect, so they can make more happen in their business and at home."
The in-store displays being added to 500 locations will help call greater attention to a product assortment that previously was available online and via in-store kiosks and featured items from 35 hardware partners.
The company has also added wearable technology products to its assortment such as smart watches, fitness trackers and cameras from brands such as Samsung, Polar and Jawbone.
To get shoppers started with the automation platform, Staples has reduced the price of the Hub from the launch price of $99 and now offers two models. The original model from Linksys has been reduced to $49.99 and a new hub manufactured by D-Link will sell for $79.99. The D-Link hub offers new capabilities such as support for ZigBee and Bluetooth Low Energy.
"The Connected Home Hub is a powerful piece of networking hardware working seamlessly with the Staples Connect app for a stellar user experience enabling control over a wide variety of devices." said Albert Ling, executive VP of sales and marketing at D-Link Systems.
Powered by software from smart home technology company Zonoff, Staples Connect has the most supported App platforms in the industry, according to Staples. With apps currently available on native iPad, iPhone and Android and web browsers via HTML5, the Staples Connect App is now also available for Windows 8 and will soon be available on Samsung Smart TV’s.