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Sprouts Farmers Markets taps Manthan Systems for enterprise-wide reporting and analytics

BY Staff Writer

Phoenix — Manthan Systems announced that Sprouts Farmers Markets has selected Manthan’s ARC platform for enterprise-wide reporting and analytics. Currently operating 148 retail stores across eight states, Sprouts Farmers Markets has become synonymous with fresh produce, great prices and old-fashioned customer service.

Sprouts Farmers Market chose Manthan’s ARC applications as its business intelligence standard. Sprouts plans to use Manthan Systems’ dynamic analytical views and at-a-glance dashboards for greater insights into product sales, store operations, labor, task management, inventory optimization and merchandising. Manthan Systems’ self-training guided analytics and at-a-glance dashboards will provide actionable information, enabling Sprouts personnel to immediately see key business opportunities, easily identify trends, and greatly enhance the decision-making process.

“Manthan Systems’ proven experience in retail business analytics aligns with our vision of arming our team with role-based, mobile and easy to consume information. With their U.S.-led Global Operations and spirit of partnership, they were the perfect choice for us,” said Steve Black, chief information officer with Sprouts Farmers Market.”

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Sean John names Jeffrey Tweedy to top role

BY CSA STAFF

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Sean John Corporate has named Jeff Tweedy as the fashion brand’s new president, effective immediately. Tweedy will report directly to Sean John chairman and founder Sean "Diddy" Combs, and will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations, including strategic brand development, design and all the Sean John licensing and retail partners.

Tweedy most recently served as Sean John’s EVP, and has been with the company since its founding in 1998. Tweedy left Sean John in 2005 to serve at G-III Apparel Group as president of the company’s sportswear division for two years, during which time he developed the Exsto brand exclusively for Walmart. Tweedy returned to Sean John in late 2007.

"Jeff has been with Sean John since the very beginning and I am confident that he is the right person to lead Sean John into the future. Jeff has laid out a clear vision and strategy for the brand and I have seen the positive changes he has made alongside the great team we have assembled here," said Sean "Diddy" Combs.

"This is a great opportunity and a new challenge for me. I have dedicated much of my professional career to the Sean John brand and I am very proud of where it stands today with more work to be done. I am excited to continue my relationship with Sean while utilizing his marketing genius and his design inspirations to build this brand into an international powerhouse. I am equally excited to continue working with our retail partners with whom I enjoy incredibly strong and longstanding relationships," added Tweedy.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods debuts sweepstakes, online promotion

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Dick’s Sporting Goods has announced its first-ever "Get Winter Ready" consumer promotion.

Dick’s has teamed up with The North Face and Columbia Sportswear as part of the program’s sweepstakes, and will be giving away two one-of-kind prize packages. One includes a chance to join professional skier Tom Wallisch at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., and the other offers a VIP experience at the 2013 FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup in Park City, Utah.

Dick’s will award the two sweepstakes packages on Dec. 12 to contestants who compete in an online interactive game at www.GetWinterReady.com or who enter online or via regular mail.

The Columbia Sweepstakes Package, where the winner will attend the World Cup Freestyle skiing events at Deer Valley Resort, includes Columbia gear, first class roundtrip airfare to Park City, Utah (Jan. 31-Feb 3, 2013), accommodations for four days and three nights. It has a $17,500 value.

The North Face Sweepstakes Package offers the winner a chance to ski with Tom Wallisch and enjoy a VIP evening at the Powder Video Awards. The package includes access to The North Face VIP Lounge during the 2013 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo. (Jan. 23-27, 2013), accommodations for four nights, first class roundtrip airfare and The North Face gear. It has a $22,500 value.

Dick’s will also offer five exclusive "Adventures of a Lifetime" packages for purchase that include unique gifts and one-of-a-kind experiences sponsored by Burton/MINI Cooper, KOPPEN, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear and Spyder/Audi.

From now through Dec. 1, consumers can enter for a chance to win one of the prize packages by visiting www.GetWinterReady.com and competing in an interactive online game. Participants are transported online to a cabin in the mountains where four young adventure seekers are waking up. Through the eyes of a character, users pan the room to find hidden clothing and other items to prepare for the adventure of the day. The faster the participants complete their adventure, the greater the number of entries they can earn toward the chance of winning one of the two sweepstakes packages.

"We are thrilled to partner with this great lineup of top outdoor brands to offer our customers these amazing opportunities to win or purchase an ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’ this winter," said Lauren Hobart, CMO at DICK’S Sporting Goods. "We encourage customers to play the state-of-the-art ‘Get Winter Ready’ online game for a chance to win an incredible experience."

No purchase necessary to participate. For full details and sweepstakes rules, go to www.GetWinterReady.com.

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