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Walmart to open new e-commerce fulfillment center, in Indiana

BY Marianne Wilson

New York — Walmart will open a new dedicated e-commerce fulfillment, in the Indianapolis suburb of Plainview. The1.2 million-sq.-ft. facility is expected to open in early 2015.

Walmart’s other online dedicated centers are located in Texas and Pennsylvania.

"By combining large-scale online fulfillment centers with Walmart’s distribution centers, world-class transportation network and 4,200 stores, we have the ability to get incredibly close to our customers to deliver orders faster and at a lower cost," said Brent Beabout, senior VP of supply chain and logistics for Walmart Global eCommerce. "This center alone will allow cost-effective delivery to more than 160 million people in just one to two days."

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Study: Women influence 85% of all purchases

BY Dan Berthiaume

Chicago – Women represent $20 trillion in annual consumer spending, and that figure is expected to grow to $28 trillion in the next five years. According to a new report from email marketing solutions provider SimpleRelevance, women make or influence 85% of all purchase decisions.

Top online purchases made by women include clothing (57% of women report buying clothing online), books & movies (46%), electronics (38%), shoes (35%) and travel (31%). Eighty-two percent of women use an iOS device to make mobile purchases, while 17% use an Android device and 1% use a Blackberry device.

Other findings include:

• 70% of women sign up for retailer email alerts.

• Apple devices represent 91% of women’s mobile clicks, followed by Android (8%) and Blackberry (1%).

• Ninety-one percent of women’s desktop clicks are on a Microsoft OS, followed by Apple (7%), Google (1%) and Linux (1%).

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Report: Coach to close 70 stores

BY Staff Writer

New York — Coach plans to shutter about 70 underperforming stores in fiscal 2015, Crain’s New York reported. The retailer, which has been under heavy competitive pressure from Michael Kors and other upscale companies, also gave a disappointing revenue forecast for its current fiscal year.

Coach CEO Victor Luis told investors and analysts Thursday that the company is at a crossroads and will undertake a number of major initiatives during the next 12 to 18 months, including reducing promotional levels, introducing new advertising, shuttering stores and changing its product offerings, the report said.

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