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Sprouts Farmers Markets taps Verisae for improved operations and lowered facility costs

BY Marianne Wilson

Minneapolis — Sprouts Farmers Market has installed enterprise asset management software from Verisae to support the company’s aggressive growth strategy.

The grocery retailer, which recently acquired Sunflower Farmers Market, recently implemented core modules of the Verisae connected facility platform; enterprise asset management (EAM), enterprise refrigerant management (ERM) and enterprise asset purchasing (EAP) solutions.

“Sprouts has had a long, successful history of sustainability, from energy conservation to industry leading low refrigerant leak rates,” said Jerry Stutler, VP construction and facility engineering for Sprouts, which operates more than 140 supermarkets in eight southwestern state. “But we recognized, especially as we grow through acquisition, that we can do more to streamline our maintenance, energy and refrigerant management processes. Adopting Verisae’s platform was the logical next step, and it’s already producing results.”

With Verisae, Sprouts will aggregate and analyze data on the entire lifecycle of their assets including equipment procurement, parts and inventory tracking, remote monitoring of asset efficiency and management of third-party service contractors.

The software also will help Sprouts provide the foundation to create connected facilities that reduce operational costs and a more sustainable organization, and also to comply with the stringent EPA regulations, according to Verisae. The EPA requires every organization that uses refrigerants as part of its operation to be fully compliant with Section 608 of the Clean Air Act.

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Ethan Allen will use Demandware’s global commerce capabilities to grow online presence

BY Marianne Wilson

Burlington, Mass. — Demandware announced Ethan Allen Interiors will leverage the Demandware Commerce platform as the digital foundation of its global expansion strategy.

Ethan Allen recently launched its first site on the Demandware platform in Canada to coincide with the grand opening of its first Design Center in Montreal. Ethan Allen plans to re-launch its U.S. e-commerce site with Demandware in 2013 in addition to site launches in other countries, including Europe, to support its new design center in Brussels.

“We are focused on growing our global business by generating awareness for our brand including where we do not yet have brick and mortar locations.” said Farooq Kathwari, chairman and CEO of Ethan Allen. “Our expanded online presence, powered by Demandware, will help us reach more customers to raise awareness of the Ethan Allen brand, while also driving traffic into our international Design Centers. With Demandware, we can roll out sites quickly across the globe and deliver the high level of customer service for which Ethan Allen is known.”

Beyond the capabilities that enable global operations on a single instance, the new Ethan Allen sites will incorporate a number of features to enhance the shopping experience. Each country specific site will also provide local currency pricing and offer multiple language options for the customer.

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ShopperTrak: Foot traffic up 3.7% year-over-year for post-Thanksgiving week

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Chicago — A report on Wednesday from ShopperTrak showed that retail foot traffic increased 3.7% and sales increased 2.3% year-over-year for the week beginning Nov. 25, ending Dec. 1.

This represented a 28.8% decline in traffic and 22.4% decline in sales from the 2012 Black Friday shopping week.

According to ShopperTrak, this sharp decline in retail foot traffic and sales is typical of the week following Thanksgiving. Shoppers may visit stores for Black Friday promotions, but often stay at home the following week as they assess current budgets and create new shopping lists.

"The holiday season has just begun,” said Bill Martin, ShopperTrak founder. “Black Friday shopping remains an American tradition — and consumers took advantage of promotions the entire week this year. Many usually scale back their in-store visits around this time in favor of online shopping for Cyber Monday deals. We expect consumers to return to stores in increasing numbers to complete their holiday shopping in the coming weeks."

With 20 more shopping days left before Christmas, shoppers have two full weeks and three weekends to make their lists and check them twice this holiday season. Some may wait for retailers to reduce prices prior to Christmas for last-minute deals. As a result, ShopperTrak predicts the week before Christmas — week of Dec. 16 — to be the largest retail sales week of the year.

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