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Walgreens integrates with LifePics photo network

BY Dan Berthiaume

Deerfield, Ill. – Walgreens is integrating its QuickPrints one-hour photo printing technology with the LifePics photo printing network. This means that LifePics users can now order photos through the LifePic mobile app, website or LifePic partner, and have them printed in an hour at any Walgreens store.

"With our more than 8,000 locations, we look forward to expanding printing options and services for this category," said Jasbir Patel, senior director of photo, daily living and omni-channel for Walgreens.

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Sona automates warehouse management

BY Dan Berthiaume

Santa Fe Springs, Calif. — Sona Enterprises, a direct wholesaler/distributor of more than 3,000 SKUs to gift shops, travel agencies, camping and hiking outfitters, auto dealerships/parts stores/repair shops, jewelry and convenience stores, has improved upon manual warehouse management procedures using the AcellosOne warehouse management system (WMS). Where previously Sona had relied upon individual warehouse associates stocking its directly sourced private-label goods wherever they fit with minimal tracking or oversight, now the company automates management of receiving, breakdown, putaway, picking and shipping.

Using automated paper-free processes and radio frequency (RF) communications technologies, AcellosOne tracks stock into, out of, and within warehouses, streamlining and verifying processes with each movement. Specific benefits have included picking merchandise within an hour of arrival; minimal training of new associates as compared to the previous multi-month learning curve; no guesswork about product location; and faster and more efficient picking and putaway. In addition, the warehouse handles more orders per day with fewer fulfillment or shipping errors and there is a better view of fast and slow product turns, orders and returns, and stock levels are kept current which enables better purchase decisions.

“The warehouse is well organized and our pickers work fast and error-free by following instructions on their handheld screens,” said Sudeep Patel, IT expert for Sona. “The software is definitely having a major effect on Sona’s business.”

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Sport Chalet leverages triathlon partnership to boost traffic

BY CSA STAFF

LOS ANGELES — Specialty sporting goods retailer Sport Chalet is teaming up with California Triathlon, a statewide network of triathlon clubs in California, as part of its strategy to position itself as a one-stop shopping destination for triathletes.

The partnership drives foot traffic into Sport Chalet’s brick-and-mortar stores by encouraging members of the various participating triathlon clubs to turn to the retailer for the equipment and gear they need.

"Together we plan to provide a one-stop shop for clubs and individuals who want to participate in triathlons throughout California," said Craig Levra, chairman and CEO of Sport Chalet. "Each of our store locations is equipped with seasoned experts who can provide advice for training and competing, while helping guide beginner triathletes quickly and safely through their experiences."

In addition to California Triathlon’s efforts to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, the community-based organization supports a number of nonprofit organizations that invite people to exercise for a cause — which translates into yet another source of potential consumers for Sport Chalet.

"Sport Chalet’s broad retail footprint, including the company’s newest Figat7th location in Los Angeles, provides the perfect stage to serve the multisport fanatic," said Thom Richmond, president of California Triathlon Network. "Sport Chalet’s vast assortment of swimming, cycling and running gear is further augmented by the team’s proven counsel in knowing the right products and how to use them effectively. Our shared vision is to increase triathlon participation and remove any barriers of entry to support sport engagement among Californians."

Sport Chalet is full service specialty sporting goods retailer featuring the industry’s top sports brands in apparel, footwear and sports equipment. Founded in 1959 by Norbert Olberz, the company has 53 stores in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah, as well as its e-commerce site. It offers more than 50 specialty services for the sports enthusiast, including online same day delivery, climbing, backcountry skiing, ski mountaineering, avalanche education, and mountain trekking instruction, car rack installation, snowboard and ski rental and repair, Scuba training and certification, Scuba boat charters, team sales, gait analysis, baseball/softball glove steaming and lacing, racquet stringing, and bicycle tune-up and repair at its store locations.

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