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Survey: Working women make many grocery decisions at work

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Cleveland — WorkPlace Impact found in a recent survey that 49% of working female consumers are making millions of trips between Monday and Friday. What’s more, 46% of the women that WorkPlace Impact surveyed reported that they regularly purchase groceries on their way to or from the office or during a lunch break.

Further affirming that working women often have groceries on their mind during the workday, the study also found that 84.4% of the women surveyed said they regularly or occasionally add items to their grocery shopping lists at work.

“We’re finding an increasing blending of work and personal lives among working consumers. We weren’t surprised to learn that working women are so frequently making grocery shopping decisions during the workday,” said Tara L. Peters, director of marketing of WorkPlace Impact.

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Radware solution selected to help drive furniture retailer e-commerce platforms

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Application delivery and security solution-provider for virtual and cloud data centers, Radware, announced Blueport Commerce, a Software-as-a-Service omnichannel solution for the furniture industry, has selected the Alteon NG to help drive online sales and manage its ecommerce platform.

Managing the technology infrastructure of furniture retailers such as Value City Furniture and Canadian retailer Leon’s, Blueport Commerce helps clients increase sales by creating an engaging and modern omnichannel shopping experience. In addition to managing their clients’ technology infrastructure, Blueport Commerce also implemented Alteon NG to its own online home furnishings portal, Furniture.com.

Blueport Commerce sought a more robust solution that would allow them to ensure the SLA of applications/services running in multiple environments, and specifically create a virtualized environment.

“For us to maintain our agility while keeping our IT infrastructure costs and footprint to a minimum, virtualization was our key focus,” says Fotios Magoufis, Director of IT Operations at Blueport Commerce. “We had a strong desire to effectively separate traffic between all of our environments, implement software changes and test configuration settings without affecting the production environment.”

To maintain their agility and minimize infrastructure costs and complexity, Blueport Commerce created multiple vADC instances where each drives a different Web application environment. This allowed them to keep separate production, QA and beta environments all on the same physical device. This configuration also allowed them to effectively manage their load balancing, create a “failover” device as backup and allocate more resources on the production vADC.

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Former Tesco exec tapped as Kmart’s president and chief member officer

BY CSA STAFF

Sears Holdings has appointed former Tesco executive Alasdair James as president and chief member officer for the Kmart business.

In this role, James will be responsible for driving the Kmart format strategy, managing the Kmart P&L and aligning merchandise, marketing, pricing and selling with the needs and wants of Shop Your Way members.

Since 2007, James held roles of increasing responsibility with Tesco, where he most recently served as the commercial director for the company’s global business unit. Prior to that, he spent two years managing Tesco’s China operations as EVP and commercial director. In addition to his experience with Tesco, James has held roles with GlaxoSmithKline and PepsiCo. He has deep experience running multi-site operations within the retail, pharma, food manufacturing and consumer packaged goods sectors.

"Alasdair will work closely with me and our business unit leaders to understand the preferences of Shop Your Way members who shop at Kmart," said Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings chairman and CEO. "He will be responsible for the Kmart strategy, its performance and its continued transformation as an integrated retail format."

James received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Portsmouth in Portsmouth, England.

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