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Staples opens Velocity Lab to boost online growth

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Framingham, Mass. — Staples Inc. opened its new Velocity Lab, in Cambridge, Mass. The lab houses teams responsible for designing and implementing innovative new e-commerce and mobile solutions across Staples’ global business units.

The move is part of the office supply retailer’s recently announced strategic plan to accelerate growth by integrating its retail and online offerings and increasing investment in online and mobile capabilities to provide business customers with a seamless multichannel shopping experience.

“Staples is investing to provide a superior multichannel shopping experience through the use of our websites, mobile assets and stores,” said Brian Tilzer, Staples senior VP global eCommerce. “The Staples Velocity Lab is vital to the development of our e-commerce assets, as it provides a space to allow our teams to think creatively, enhancing our mobile commerce, social media and online offerings.”

Staples said it is looking to triple the size of its e-commerce and IT staff by 2014 and is adding product management, usability and creative positions as it continues to invest in the multichannel customer experience across mobile devices, desktops and stores.

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Mar-19-2013 05:03 am

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Mar-19-2013 05:03 am

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REAL ESTATE

Ikea to make state debut in Kansas City area

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Merriam, Kansas — Shopping center owner and developer DDR Corp., based in Beachwood, Ohio, said Tuesday it will sell 22 acres of land to Ikea Property for the construction of Ikea’s first store in Kansas, located in the Kansas City bedroom community of Merriam, Kan.

Ikea confirmed Tuesday that the City Council of Merriam has unanimously approved plans for this project, following last month’s approval from the city’s Planning Commission.

Construction of the new 349,000-sq.-ft. Ikea is set to begin the summer of 2013, with a targeted opening in the fall of 2014 at the DDR-owned Merriam Town Center. Other tenants in the shopping center include Home Depot, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Cinemark, Marshalls, PetSmart, Old Navy, Party City and Five Below.

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SUPPLY CHAIN

Ascena Retail Group announces DC expansion

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Suffern, N.Y. — Ascena Retail Group, which operates the Maurices and dressbarn banners, said Tuesday it will launch a 760,000-sq.-ft. distribution center expansion in central Ohio.

Upon completion, the new facility will distribute apparel and accessories for its lineup of brands, which also includes Justice & Brothers, Lane Bryant and Catherines.

“Not only is central Ohio considered a hub for distribution, but the centrality of this location will allow us to deliver 70% of our 3,800 stores within two days,” said David Jaffe, president and CEO.

Construction is being managed by Gray Construction Co. and will be completed in early 2014.

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