Urban Outfitters an early adopter of FineLine’s new analytical reporting tool
Atlanta — FineLine Technologies Inc. is initializing the rollout of FastTrak Analytics, a web-based solution that provides detailed visibility into variable ticketing supply lead times, with Urban Outfitters among the early adopters of the new analytical reporting tool.
“FineLine understands our supply chain and is the first supplier to provide us with real-time reporting for both shipping and received-at-vendor performance metrics. This real-time information helps us to better manage our ticketing supply chain,” said Jay Hallett, vendor relations manager, at Urban Outfitters, a leading specialty store retailer of women’s and men’s fashion apparel, footwear and accessories.
FastTrak Analytics is the newest addition to the FastTrak platform, an Internet-based solution for order processing, tracking and management of the ticketing function. The analytical reporting tool will provide FineLine’s base of 200 brand name retail customers with three core reports:
- Order turnaround time — average time between receipt of an order by FineLine and shipment of tickets.
- Order received time — average time between receipt of an order by FineLine and delivery of tickets to vendors.
- Orders shipped to country — average time between receipt of an order by FineLine and delivery of tickets to vendors in a specific country.
Report: Kroger cutting spousal health insurance
New York — The Kroger Co. will stop providing health insurance benefits for spouses on January 1, 2014, according to a recent agreement with several unions, Indiana Public Media reported.
The report cited John Elliott, the spokesperson for Kroger’s Central Division in Indianapolis, who said Kroger’s new insurance policy is more generous than what is required by the Affordable Care Act. Under the agreement, Kroger will provide what Elliott called a more stable pension fund, various pay increases, and health insurance benefits for part-time workers who work as few as 20 hours per week.
According to Elliott, while the Affordable Care Act played a role in Kroger’s decision, the real reason for the change in policy was the increasing cost of health care in the United States.
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Sam’s Club moving to bigger location in Anchorage
New York — Sam’s Club will host a grand opening celebration on Thursday, Sept. 5, at its new location in Anchorage. At 145,000 sq. ft., the new club will be more than 50% bigger than the former Anchorage location.
The new club has been constructed to include many environmentally friendly features. Energy-efficient fixtures, including daylight-harvesting skylights, reduce the amount of energy required to light the club by up to 75% daily.
“We’re adding approximately 50,000 sq. ft. with the new club,” said club manager Douglas McIntosh. “Now our members can access all the features a full-size Sam’s Club has to offer. We’re excited that we’re now offering a pharmacy, a hearing aid center, a fresh bakery, a members-only fuel station and other services.”