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Tommy Bahama adopts SaaS IT model

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San Diego – Tommy Bahama is employing the IT Service Automation Application Suite from cloud-based IT services provider ServiceNow to automate IT functions such as incident management, change management, problem management, configuration management database and service catalog. The specialty apparel brand is also using the SaaS-based Orchestrate solution from ServiceNow to streamline the hiring and training process.

“We selected ServiceNow to help us evolve the way we deliver IT services,” said Stewart Hubbard, vice president of IT for Tommy Bahama. “ServiceNow’s modern approach to IT service automation will allow us to provide higher levels of customer service across our corporate, retail and restaurant users.”

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AutoZone has ‘solid’ Q3

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — AutoZone reported net sales of $2.2 billion for the 12-week third quarter period ended May 4, an increase of 4.5% from $2.1 billion for the same period last year. Domestic same-store sales decreased 0.1% for the quarter.

Net income for the quarter was $266 million, an increase of 6.8% from $249 for the same period last year. Meanwhile, gross profit was 51.8%, versus 51.6% for last year’s quarter. The increase in gross margin was primarily driven by lower acquisition costs, partially offset by the inclusion of AutoAnything, an online retailer of specialized automotive products.

"Our organization executed our game plan and delivered another quarter of solid performance,” said Bill Rhodes, chairman, president and CEO. “While sales results for the quarter finished below our expectations, we were pleased to see noticeable improvements in our performance during the final four weeks of the quarter, specifically in our more recently challenged Northeastern and Midwestern markets."

Rhodes believes the company’s ongoing efforts to improve its inventory assortment and accelerate its deployment will have meaningful impacts on results for upcoming quarters.

During the quarter, AutoZone opened 33 new stores, relocated three stores and closed one store in the U.S. and opened seven new stores in Mexico. As of May 4, the company had 4,767 stores in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in the U.S., 341 stores in Mexico and one store in Brazil for a total store count of 5,109.

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Kohl’s donates $1.5m to Wis. children’s hospital

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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. — Kohl’s has donated $1.5 million to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin on behalf of Kohl’s Cares, the company’s philanthropic arm.

The money will fund the Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy program designed to make Wisconsin kids and families aware of safety risks in and out of their homes, and the necessary steps to help avoid injury. The $1.5 million gift represents the largest corporate donation to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin this year.

The program will educate children and their families about the leading causes of preventable childhood injuries and accidents suffered at home, including falls, poisoning, burns, choking and suffocation and drowning. The program will also address out-of-home issues, such as distracted driving and seat belt use.

“Kohl’s is proud to continue our partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin,” said Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s chairman, president and CEO. “Together, we are working to educate Wisconsin children and families about injury prevention to create a safer, healthier community.”

The Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy program will present age-relevant information to remind Wisconsin families that injury prevention is important at all ages. The mobile tour, which will launch at ChocolateFest in Burlington, Wis., May 24, will bring educational kiosks to family-friendly fairs and festivals throughout the year in southeastern Wisconsin. Additionally, USBs will be handed out at event stops, allowing families to go online for additional information about injury prevention. Kiosks will also be placed at seven locations in the greater Milwaukee area, and the interactive programming will be available as a free mobile phone application.

“With Kohl’s generous $1.5 million donation, we are honored to continue our long-standing partnership and joint commitment to the Milwaukee community,” said Bridget Clementi, director of community health, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. “Our work together allows us to develop fun and educational programs for the kids and families in our area.”

The donation is funded through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program, which sells special merchandise, including plush toys and books, and donates 100% of the net profit to benefit children’s health and education initiatives nationwide. Since 2000, Kohl’s and Kohl’s Cares have combined to give more than $55 million to support charitable initiatives in the metro-Milwaukee area, including more than $8.3 million to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to help improve the health and safety of Wisconsin children. To date, the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program has raised more than $231 million for children’s initiatives nationwide.

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