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Walgreens October sales rise 6.1%

BY Dan Berthiaume

Deerfield, Ill. — Walgreens had October sales of $6.37 billion, an increase of 6.1% from $6 billion for the same month in fiscal 2013. Same-store sales improved 5.8%.

Calendar day shifts negatively impacted total comparable sales by 0.3%age point, while generic drug introductions in the last 12 months negatively impacted total comparable sales by 0.7%age point. Walgreens opened 14 stores during October, including four relocations, and closed two.

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Lands’ End offers free shipping for all purchases more than $50

BY Dan Berthiaume

Dodgeville, Wis. – Lands’ End will offer free shipping to all customers on purchases more than $50 as part of its standard customer offerings. U.S. customers will also have the option to upgrade to two-day UPS shipping for $5.

Previously, Lands’ End only offered free shipping on purchases more than $50 as part of yearly promotions, and customers were required to enter a code in order to redeem the discount. The retailer’s e-commerce site has also been updated to simplify the checkout experience. Customers will no longer have to enter a promotion code, and shipping preferences can be easily selected.

"At Lands’ End we are very in tune with our customers and are always listening to their wants, needs and frustrations," said Edgar Huber CEO and president of Lands’ End. "Based on our research, we learned that the cost of shipping is very important to our customers and decided to make the necessary changes to ensure we are providing our customers with the exceptional customer service they have come to expect."

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Men’s Wearhouse pursues omni-channel enablement with Manhattan Associates

BY Dan Berthiaume

Houston – Men’s Wearhouse is building on an existing implementation of Manhattan Associates’ order management solution with Manhattan’s order management and store inventory management solutions.

For years at Men’s Wearhouse, Manhattan’s order management solution has provided real-time inventory checks and order promising at the time of cart checkout. These integrated services have helped to lower order cancellation rates. In addition, Manhattan order management currently powers an in-store "save the sale" solution, allowing store associates to place orders against online inventory on the same point-of-sale tickets as cash and carry items.

"We’ve worked with Manhattan on many fronts over the years, including planning, replenishment, warehouse management and, of course, order management," said Hyon Park, CIO, The Men’s Wearhouse. "When our business required that we roll out the next set of omni-channel capabilities, taking advantage of the capabilities already in Manhattan’s order management solution was the obvious choice."

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