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Woolworths enhances promotional merchandising with Galleria

BY Dan Berthiaume

Bella Vista, Australia – Australian supermarket chain Woolworths is deploying technology from Galleria to enhance promotional merchandising operations. Woolworths plans to implement Galleria’s Foundation Services (GFS), Promotional Display Optimization (PDO) and Store Operations Workbench (SOW) to help operationalize an enhanced promotional merchandising strategy to improve the customer experience across their enterprise

By acting as a central data repository, Galleria Foundation Services will enable the supermarket to maintain promotional merchandising hierarchy and fixture data from a central location. The foundation platform will also support the retailer’s expansion plans by facilitating intelligence integration across additional applications; such as the ability to feed replenishment systems with accurate, real-time information as required.

PDO will enable national and regional promotional programs to be seamlessly adapted to individual store conditions and consumer demand patterns. The deployment of this solution will drive better quality execution and compliance, reduce planning and labor costs and most importantly ensure the feature products consumers want are in the right place, at the right time and in the right quantity.

Web-based platform Store Operations Workbench provides the means to publish structured information to stores; offering the execution of real-time promotional planograms with tailored optimal assortments.

“Our automated solutions will make it possible for Woolworths to maintain centralized control of their promotional strategy, whilst taking into consideration local influence and demand,” said Kent Smith, VP of business development, Galleria. “Ultimately, Galleria’s applications will enable Woolworths to deliver a consistent customer experience on promotions across the estate.”

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99 Cents Only Stores appoints interim CFO

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New York — 99 Cents Only Stores named Christopher Laurence as the company’s interim CFO, treasurer and secretary. Laurence replaces Frank Schools, who resigned to pursue other opportunities.

Laurence most recently was CEO of ThreeSixty Group, a product development and sourcing company for consumer product brands and retailers.

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BitPay takes Bitcoin to outdoor marketplace

BY CSA STAFF

BitPay has entered into a partnership with Hester Street Fair, an outdoor marketplace in New York, which will allow the fair’s vendors to accept bitcoin.

Hosted in New York’s Lower East Side, Hester Street Fair offers everything from handmade jewelry and rare vintage pieces, to wood fired pizza and ice cream sandwiches.

The following vendors will be accepting bitcoin:

  • Hudson & Charles: serving a rotating menu of sandwiches
  • Melt Bakery: NYC’s first ever ice cream sandwich shop
  • An Artistic Taste: comfort food with a twist
  • Baron Fig: elegant notebooks for creative types
  • Rosette: Lower East Side restaurant
  • Café Patoro: Brazilian cheese breads with non-traditional flavors
  • Calmer Sutra Tea: chai tea and other blended teas
  • Xcubicle: Lower East Side Bitcoin workshops and hacker space
  • Rachel Mae’s Farmstand
  • Delicate Raymond: costume jewelry

The fair will be followed by a Bitcoin Meetup from 4-6 p.m. at the Xcubicle skillshare space and a Bitcoin Fair after-party from 6-10 p.m. at the Rosette. Partygoers will be able to purchase cocktails and beers with bitcoin.

“We are excited to be working with BitPay to offer our vendors a way to use this cutting-edge technology. Hester Street Fair will be the place where the Bitcoin community can socialize, shop and eat,” said Suhyun Pak, co-founder of Hester Street Fair & NYC Bitcoin Fair.

The fair supports a community of artists, collectors and first-time entrepreneurs that will use Bitcoin to make a new and exciting shopping experience. Through BitPay, the vendors will be able to accept payments with a 1% or lower processing fee, a fraction of the fees required by other commonly used payment processors such as Square, according to the company.

“We are so pleased with our new partnership with Hester Street Fair. It is another milestone for Bitcoin. We are seeing it used in more brick and mortar outlets which is amazing to witness,” said Tony Gallippi, executive chairman of BitPay.

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