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Tracy Morgan strikes back at Walmart

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York — Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan struck back at Walmart after court filings were make public in which the discounter said that he and his fellow passengers were at least partly to blame for the injuries they sustained when their limo bus was struck by a Walmart truck because they were not wearing seat belts. The crash, which occurred in June on the New Jersey Turnpike, left Morgan badly injured and one man dead.

"After I heard what Walmart said in court, I felt I had to speak out," Morgan said in a statement. “I can’t believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I’m fighting hard every day to get back."

In court papers, Walmart faulted Morgan and the rest of the injured passengers, stating had the passengers been wearing safety restraints, "all or a portion of the injuries could have been diminished or minimized."

"By failing to exercise ordinary care in making use of available seatbelts, upon information and belief, plaintiffs acted unreasonably and in disregard of plaintiffs’ own best interests," Walmart’s lawyers write. "Accordingly, all or a portion of the injuries could have been diminished or minimized by the exercise of reasonable conduct using the available seatbelts."

Morgan is suing Walmart for negligence in the crash, in which he suffered a broken leg, nose and several ribs. Another passenger, James "Jimmy Mack" McNair, a friend and mentor to Morgan, was killed in the crash. Comedian Ardie Fuqua and Morgan’s assistant, Jeffrey Millea, were among the injured.

Investigators determined the driver, Kevin Roper, 35, had been speeding and had not slept for at least 24 hours. Walmart could reduce or eliminate any damages owed to Morgan if he is found partially or totally responsible for his injuries due to lack of seat belt use.

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Shoe Carnival partners with EBay Enterprise for omnichannel platform

BY CSA STAFF

Evansville, Ind. – Shoe Carnival Inc. has partnered with EBay Enterprise to implement a new omnichannel operational foundation based on EBay Enterprise modular solutions, including retail order management, payments, fraud protection, ship-from-store, and customer care. The integrated technology and services will provide a secure engine to accept payments, drive down fraud rates and consolidate inventory across many of Shoe Carnival’s stores to increase product assortment, while lowering fulfillment transit time and expense.

Using a phased approach, Shoe Carnival will roll out cloud-based EBay Enterprise ship-from store to several key locations across the entire chain in time for the holiday season. EBay Enterprise ship-from-store will also be leveraged in the distribution center for specialty and high-volume products, which eliminated the need for a separate warehouse management system. In future phases, Shoe Carnival plans to build upon the training garnered from the ship-from-store rollout to deploy EBay Enterprise in-store pickup.

“We needed to reduce the operational cost and complexity of managing siloed inventory for e-commerce while providing the wide assortment of styles that our customer expects,” said Kent Zimmerman, VP of ecommerce at Shoe Carnival. “We ultimately decided to utilize our own stores and distribution center for fulfillment, which required a foundational change to our operational infrastructure. Based on the scope of this project, it made sense to partner with eBay Enterprise. Its flexible approach to commerce provides us with a quicker time-to-market, and enables us to execute more efficiently at a lower cost. We will have best-in-class order management and customer care, combined with the ability to make our entire inventory available to the customer, no matter where it’s located. It really sets the stage for us to truly become an omnichannel company in the eyes of the customer.”

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Shoe Carnival partners with EBay Enterprise for omnichannel platform

BY Dan Berthiaume

Evansville, Ind. – Shoe Carnival Inc. has partnered with EBay Enterprise to implement a new omnichannel operational foundation based on EBay Enterprise modular solutions, including retail order management, payments, fraud protection, ship-from-store, and customer care. The integrated technology and services will provide a secure engine to accept payments, drive down fraud rates and consolidate inventory across many of Shoe Carnival’s stores to increase product assortment, while lowering fulfillment transit time and expense.

Using a phased approach, Shoe Carnival will roll out cloud-based EBay Enterprise ship-from store to several key locations across the entire chain in time for the holiday season. EBay Enterprise ship-from-store will also be leveraged in the distribution center for specialty and high-volume products, which eliminated the need for a separate warehouse management system. In future phases, Shoe Carnival plans to build upon the training garnered from the ship-from-store rollout to deploy EBay Enterprise in-store pickup.

“We needed to reduce the operational cost and complexity of managing siloed inventory for e-commerce while providing the wide assortment of styles that our customer expects,” said Kent Zimmerman, VP of ecommerce at Shoe Carnival. “We ultimately decided to utilize our own stores and distribution center for fulfillment, which required a foundational change to our operational infrastructure. Based on the scope of this project, it made sense to partner with eBay Enterprise. Its flexible approach to commerce provides us with a quicker time-to-market, and enables us to execute more efficiently at a lower cost. We will have best-in-class order management and customer care, combined with the ability to make our entire inventory available to the customer, no matter where it’s located. It really sets the stage for us to truly become an omnichannel company in the eyes of the customer.”

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