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Skechers implements Oracle applications

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New York City — Footwear manufacturer and retailer Skechers U.S.A. said Tuesday it has upgraded and expanded its Oracle Applications investment, implemented Oracle Database and moved to Oracle On Demand to support rapid growth across its retail and wholesale channels.

The new business information systems are part of a larger initiative for the billion-dollar-plus footwear company to fuel growth, reduce total cost of ownership and enable the business to respond faster to market opportunities.

“As we manage growth, we are establishing a business structure that lowers costs and creates more value and flexibility across the business,” said Mark Bravo, senior VP finance, Skechers. “The Oracle systems and cloud services help us to lighten our IT overhead and enable us to respond more quickly to market opportunities.”

Moving Skechers’ applications to a standard technology platform allows the company to focus on delivering solutions to improve processes and provide accurate information, according to Skechers.

Skechers upgraded to Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise Financial Management and PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management to increase operational efficiencies and improve controls by establishing an integrated, industry-specific platform.

OSI Consulting provided implementation and integration services to Skechers.

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Johnny Mac’s Sporting Goods selects Epicor Eagle Business Software

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Livermore, Calif. — Epicor Software Corp. said Tuesday that Johnny Mac’s Sporting Goods is upgrading to the Epicor Eagle˙ point-of-sale and retail business management solution to help run its eight-store chain.

“As our company has grown and expanded, it has become increasingly difficult to manage all aspects of our business with our current software system,” said Rick McArthur, CFO for Johnny Mac’s. “We needed one business management system to manage both sides of our business, namely the retail and wholesale channels.” McArthur said the Eagle solution is capable of managing orders, inventory and resources across the retail stores and outside sales force, and add another channel through the creation of an Internet storefront.

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Bloom implements iPhone application

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Salisbury, N.C. — Grocery chain Bloom said Tuesday it has introduced a free iPhone application that will allow its customers to access weekly specials, search recipes, manage shopping lists and find their nearest Bloom.

"At Bloom, we look for opportunities to leverage technology to enhance our guests shopping experience," said Tammy DeBoer, VP of Bloom. "This new mobile application, from Mercatus, is user-friendly and makes it easy for our shoppers to connect with us and plan family meals."

The new mobile application, developed in partnership with Mercatus Technologies, gives guests easy access to weekly specials with the capabilities to build and manage virtual shopping lists and view delicious recipes through the grocer’s Taste Mapper system.

Bloom is a subsidiary of Brussels-based Delhaize Group and operates 49 stores in the Southeast Virginia and Washington, D.C., areas.

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