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Thirty-One Gifts to deploy TXT integrated retail planning solution

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York — Thirty-One Gifts, one of America’s largest direct-selling companies, has chosen TXT Maple Lake to assist in managing its retail processes. Using TXT’s integrated retail planning solution, TXT will manage the whole spectrum of Thirty-One’s forecasting, merchandise, assortment and inventory management.

Thirty-One has experienced rapid growth during its 10-year history. TXT and its integrated retail planning solution was selected due to the ability to apply systems that can accommodate Thirty-One’s growth. The company expects to benefit from a more standardized planning process, reduced inventory costs, improved merchandising and assortment planning capabilities, and improved visibility and reporting across the business.

“With TXT’s help, we hope to be better equipped to analyze demand for all the products we offer, and to optimize inventory management in our four distribution centers,” said Mike Mausteller, director of planning and merchandise control at Thirty-One Gifts, Columbus, Ohio. “We chose TXT Maple Lake because of its expertise in retail, the ease-of-use of the solution, as well as its combination of planning and analytics which supports fast, fact-based decision-making.”

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Sport Chalet elects Tory Burch exec to board

BY Dan Berthiaume

Los Angeles — Sport Chalet, Inc. has elected Miki R. Berardelli, chief marketing officer for Tory Burch, to the company’s board of directors. Berardelli has more than 20 years of marketing and e-commerce experience.

As chief marketing officer for Tory Burch, she oversees global marketing, public relations and e-commerce. Prior to joining Tory Burch in 2009, Berardelli spent eight years at Ralph Lauren as the senior VP of marketing. In addition, Berardelli is serving her second term as board chairman of Shop.org and is on the board of Giggle.com.

Berardelli succeeds Eric Olberz, son of company founders Norbert and Irene Olberz, and CFO of several real estate corporations controlled by the Olberz Family Trusts, who stepped down from the board of directors after 20 years of service.

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Crocs names former Wal-Mart exec as GM, Americas

BY Dan Berthiaume

Niwot, Colo. — Former Wal-Mart executive Greg Sullivan has been appointed general manager of Crocs’ Americas region, which includes all of North America, Central America and South America. In this role, Sullivan will be responsible for managing the region’s day-to-day operations, including overseeing sales, marketing, finance and human resources functions, as well as the region’s wholesale, Internet and direct-to-consumer channels.

Prior to joining Crocs, Sullivan spent 20 years at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Most recently, Sullivan served as senior VP of operations for Wal-Mart’s Southeast division, where he oversaw total store operations, real estate strategy and profit and loss accountability for the region’s 345 stores and 110,000 associates. Sullivan was heavily involved in the development and implementation of Wal-Mart’s new urban and rural formats, designed to grow market share and profitability.

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