OPERATIONS

Stage Stores taps Action Services Group for lighting, electrical maintenance

BY Dan Berthiaume

Aston, Pa. – Actions Services Group, a national lighting maintenance, sign maintenance and electrical services company, has signed an agreement with Stage Stores for interior lighting maintenance and electrical services for three of its retail brands. The three retail brands include Bealls, Goody’s and Peebles with store locations across the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The on-demand lighting services provided by Action Services Group include handling all interior lighting maintenance and electrical services. The services include a ballast replacement program involving the capturing of individual store lighting asset-data and inventorying of lighting components, via Action Services Group’s enterprise management system, ServicePoint Solutions. The ballast replacement program will eliminate store management’s time in supervising inventory as well as reduce return service trip-charges due to previous lack of store lighting-component inventory on hand at time of services.

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NRF says Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety makes progress

BY Dan Berthiaume

Washington, D.C. — The NRF says the members of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety have made tremendous progress in the past year, demonstrating their true commitment to safer working conditions in the Bangladesh ready-made garment industry. In an official statement, NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said the group has made many achievements to improve the safety of Bangladeshi factory workers.

“The successful development of a strict and unified standard for structural, fire and electrical safety, the training of one million Bangladeshi factory workers and management on pertinent safety training programs, financial compensation for dislocated workers, and reinforced advocacy efforts before the Bangladeshi government are just a few of the Alliance’s achievements,” said Shay.

“While the group has made great strides, we know more needs to be done. Only through shared responsibility by all stakeholders, including industry, government, and labor will change be realized. We look forward to seeing continued progress in Bangladesh and providing the Alliance the support necessary to accomplish their goals.”

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Hhgregg marketing head named chair of GRMA board

BY Dan Berthiaume

Indianapolis – Julie Lyle, chief marketing officer of Hhgregg, has been named the 2015 chairperson for the Global Retail Marketing Association (GRMA) Advisory Board, an association for C-level executives from global retailers. As chairperson, Lyle will lead the GRMA Advisory Board and play a key role in the development of the organization’s strategic initiatives and thought leadership.

Lyle succeeds Brian Beitler, executive VP and chief marketing officer, David’s Bridal, who served as chairman from 2012 to 2014. Leading the GRMA Advisory Board, Lyle will serve as senior advisor to Stephanie Fischer, president and CEO of GRMA. The GRMA will also unveil a new, invitation-only online community for retail executives and regional workshops.

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