Walgreens January sales grow 3.7%
Deerfield Park, Ill. – Walgreens had January 2014 sales of $6.39 billion, an increase of 3.7% from $6.17 billion for the same month in fiscal 2013. Same-store sales grew 2.9%.
Calendar day shifts negatively impacted total comparable sales by 0.3 percentage point, while generic drug introductions in the last 12 months negatively impacted total comparable sales by 0.9 percentage point. Walgreens opened 12 stores during January, including three relocations, and closed three.
Men’s Wearhouse offers international shipping for online customers
Fremont, Calif. – Customers in the U.S. and around the world can now shop on the Men’s Wearhouse e-commerce site and ship directly to themselves or friends and family in more than 100 countries. Men’s Wearhouse says it introduced international shipping in response to customer requests to do so.
"We have customers around the world that trust us as their menswear fashion expert but the only way they could shop with us was if they were based in the USA," said Susan Neal, executive VP at Men’s Wearhouse. "Now with our International shipping option, our customers will be able to shop and ship to over 100 countries anytime and anywhere that is convenient for them. We are thrilled to offer this service and to introduce Men’s Wearhouse to customers around the world."
Hibbett Sports adds JDA Markdown Optimization
Birmingham, Ala. — Hibbett Sports, an established user of JDA technology since 2006, has added JDA Markdown Optimization to its supply chain solutions. As a result, Hibbett has gained a better understanding of its regional selling seasons, as well as the differences in merchandise seasonality, in order to move products in and out of the stores more quickly.
The retailer also wanted to prove the sustainability of its expansion strategy by ensuring that its products were priced appropriately, given regional differences. Specific benefits from the markdown optimization tool include improved ability to anticipate changing seasons in different areas of the U.S. and pricing its products for optimal movement and margin protection, advanced response to local demand surges or drops when popular teams are winning and losing during the selling season, and proven sustainability of its expansion strategy through testing and verifying pricing plans.