The Shoe Gallery improves operational efficiency with Celerant
Staten Island, N.Y. — The Shoe Gallery has stepped up inventory control with the help of Celerant Technology Corp. The chain has been using Celerant’s real-time, retail management system, Command Retail, to manage all areas of its retail operation for the past seven years.
It is also using the supplier’s Style Matrix tool, a three-dimensional graphical representation of all the SKUs by size, width, and color, to improve operational efficiency.
“With the Matrix we can see what we have in stock and what we’ve sold and we can easily buy our most popular items and restock,” said Shoe Gallery CFO Will Brooks. “If we didn’t have the size/width/color matrix, we’d have to revert back to pen and paper and go to the sales floor and stock room to count the inventory before placing reorders. With Celerant, I can look at the Matrix and create a purchase order with ease. It’s saved so much time!”
Coca-Cola Bottlers Association marks centennial
The Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Association is turning 100. To mark the centennial, Bart Gobeil, chief operating officer in Georgia, will present a commendation to the association on behalf of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, recognizing the impact that CCBA has made in supporting the local communities in which its members operate.
“Since the earliest days of Coca-Cola, our bottling partners have been integral to the Coca-Cola system’s growth and success,” said Steve Cahillane, EVP and president of Coca-Cola Americas. “With the help of the Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Association, our Coca-Cola products are refreshing the world, inspiring moments of optimism and happiness, more than 1.8 billion times per day.”
In addition to the commendation the association is receiving from the governor, three people from the ranks of the bottling community will receive recognition for outstanding contributions to the bottling system by strengthening CCBA, improving the industry, fostering collaboration among bottlers or supporting strategic philanthropy. The awards were created as part of CCBA’s centennial celebration and recipients will be selected from a list of 14 distinguished nominees.
“Throughout the past century, the Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Association has continually developed and redefined the beverage business,” said John Gould, executive director of CCBA. “Now, we eagerly renew our promise for the next century: to enhance the business of our members, to unite the system through new opportunities and challenges and to leave communities better and happier than we found them.”
CCBA has a network of 69 independent Coca-Cola Bottlers operating throughout the United States, which serve local customers. Throughout the past decade alone, CCBA’s foundation has donated more than $30 million to a variety of local charities, including educational institutions and youth organizations that encourage active, healthy lifestyles.
“The Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Association helps empower us as members to leave a positive mark everywhere we do business,” said Claude Nielsen, chairman of the board and CEO, Coca-Cola United, a CCBA member. “As a local face of Coca-Cola, our company is privileged to play an important role in the communities in which we operate and contribute to the success of the world’s most recognized brand.”
Tommy Bahama makes improvements to e-commerce capabilities
CHICAGO — With an eye on new growth opportunities, Tommy Bahama has selected the Hybris commerce platform to improve its omnichannel commerce capabilities.
A leading retailer of island-inspired apparel and home furnishings, Tommy Bahama has seen growth in it online commerce throughout the past few years. Tommy Bahama also offers in-store kiosks, where shoppers can access a commerce channel that enables an "endless aisle" of available products —allowing shoppers to access out-of-stock or online-exclusive items directly in-store.
To ensure the brand’s continued global expansion, and to establish a foundation for market and channel growth, Tommy Bahama decided to deploy a more robust commerce platform that it could integrate with its existing Adobe Experience Manager solution.
"Omnichannel commerce combined with a customized user experience is extremely important to us," said Lisa Atwood, SVP of e-commerce at Tommy Bahama. "We selected Hybris because we needed a true omnichannel commerce platform that could be deployed in an aggressive timeframe and seamlessly integrate with our existing Adobe investment. Hybris is uniquely positioned to meet our criteria and is simply the best solution for enabling us to scale our commerce technology with our agile growth agenda in mind."
Hybris offers brands a single stack, all-in-one commerce solution, designed to enhance the value of Adobe and similar technologies throughout the enterprise.
"Tommy Bahama is one of the most highly respected and successful branded apparel retailers in the market," said Steven Kramer, EVP of sales in the Americas at hybris. "The selection of the Hybris platform gives Tommy Bahama the technology needed to continue its steep growth curve, reinforcing Hybris’ position as a true omnichannel commerce technology provider."
Tommy Bahama also selected Acquity Group to assist with the implementation of the Hybris platform. Acquity Group has a longstanding relationship with Hybris.
Tommy Bahama owns and operates more than 100 Tommy Bahama stores worldwide, with 16 of those locations offering a Tommy Bahama restaurant and bar. Through a partnership with Border Free global ecommerce, TommyBahama.com ships merchandise directly to consumers in more than 100 countries. Tommy Bahama products are also available at several U.S. retailers, including Nordstrom and other specialty retailers. Additional stores will be opening this year.
Hybris’s clients include global B2B sites W.W.Grainger, Rexel, General Electric, Thomson Reuters and 3M as well as consumer brands Toys"R"Us, Metro, Bridgestone, P&G, Levi’s, Nikon, Galeries Lafayette, Migros, Nespresso and Lufthansa.