SUPPLY CHAIN

Special Report: Supply Chain Optimization

BY Marianne Wilson

New YorkSupply Chain Optimization, a special online report by Chain Store Age, looks at how changing demand, multiple channels and increased consumer expectations are redefining the retail landscape and putting increased emphasis on supply chain infrastructures.

Learn how to gain a competitive advantage by having a more efficient, flexible and, responsive supply chain.

Download the report.

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99 Cents Only to throw first-ever 99th birthday party

BY CSA STAFF

CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. — Extreme value retailer 99 Cents Only Stores is getting ready to help one of its customers celebrate her 99th birthday as only it can.

At 7 a.m. Friday, July 19, Mildred "Millie" Fox of Murrieta, Calif., is going to receive a 99-second shopping spree experience and free birthday cake at her local store. It will be 99 Cents Only Stores’ very first 99th birthday celebration.

Millie, mother of seven, has been living in Murrieta for the past 12 years and has been a loyal 99 Cents Only Stores customer. "You get more for your money and find many of the same items that you would find at other stores for less," said Millie, when asked why she likes shopping there. She added that the retailer’s prices help her extend her Social Security check.

Millie’s caregiver, Susie Cortina, will help her get around the store in her wheelchair.

Founded in 1982, the extreme value retailer operates 322 stores consisting of 235 stores in California, 41 in Texas, 29 in Arizona and 17 in Nevada.

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Target halfway home in Canada

BY CSA STAFF

Another 20 Target stores are set to open next week in Canada, bringing the retailer’s total to 68 units with another 66 units planned for the second half of the year.

The new stores opening between July 16 and July 30 include 11 units in Ontario, two each in British Columbia and Alberta, and three in Saskatchewan. The stores in Saskatchewan are the retailer’s first in that province.

Target Canada president Tony Fisher said the retailer was excited to bring its unique brand of shopping to the additional locations and a new province.

Plans call for Target to open a total of 124 stores in Canada this year which means the company has plenty of work ahead of it. An additional 66 stores will need to open during the next three to four months if Target is to achieve its 124 planned openings in advance of the holiday season.

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