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Staples Europe adds merchandising exec

BY Dan Berthiaume

Amsterdam, Netherlands – Thomas Nowak, senior VP merchandising for European e-commerce site Bol.com, will join the Staples team as senior VP of merchandising, Staples Europe, effective Aug. 1. Nowak will report to president of Staples Europe John Wilson, and will be a member of the European leadership team.

“As part of our strategic transformation, we are making significant investments to expand our assortment and offer our customers more products than ever before,” Wilson said. “Thomas will play an integral part in our strategy, as his background and e-commerce experience will be critical in helping take us to the next level.”

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Cole Haan selects Opterus to improve store communications and operations

BY Staff Writer

Toronto — Opterus Inc., a leading provider of cost-effective, web-based store communications and task management solutions, announced that luxury retailer Cole Haan has selected Opterus’ Store Ops-Center as its communications and task management solution.

“We operate over a hundred stores across the united states, so having access to a reliable and easy-to-use store communications portal is critical to maintaining seamless day-to-day store operations,” said Andrea Barcia, manager, retail communications, Cole Haan. “We chose Opterus because they truly understand the needs of a specialty retailer. The Opterus team has provided us with world-class service and support as we prepare to implement the solution, and we look forward to expanding the functionality of our store portal as the Store Ops-Center solution adds additional capabilities.”

Opterus’ Store Ops-Center is an intuitive cloud solution designed specifically for retail to simply and effectively manage and execute store tasks and communications. The solution measures and increases operational compliance, communicates corporate policy, manages day-to-day objectives and tasks, and handles issues between corporate office and store locations. It is designed to allow for rapid implementation and strong user acceptance.

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Target interim CEO: Customers can shop with confidence

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — John Mulligan, the interim CEO of Target, said he wants customers to know they can shop with confidence at Target. Mulligan made his remarks during a TV interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow (See video below).

Mulligan, CFO of Target, was named as the interim CEO on Monday. He replaced company veteran Gregg Steinhafel, who departed the chain as it deals with the ongoing aftermath of its data breach.

Mulligan made it clear during the interview that even though he is only a temporary chief executive, the company will move forward as it looks for a permanent CEO.

"Interim is not idle," he said.

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