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Rockler improves store workflow with Reflexis

BY Dan Berthiaume

Medina, Minn. – Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has improved store workflow by implementing the ReflexisPlus and StoreWalk for ReflexisPlus task management and retail store auditing solutions. Rockler, which provides woodworking and do-it-yourself supplies, tools, and media implemented the Reflexis store execution and compliance solutions in three weeks in its 29 stores located across the U.S.

ReflexisPlus provides a preconfigured “system that supports retailers’ organizational structure, projects, and tasks. The cloud-based ReflexisPlus solution is for companies with 150 or fewer stores.

“RelexisPlus had exactly what we were looking for to improve store workflow throughout the week, and streamline communications from the home office to stores,” said Dana Busch, VP of retail operations. “Through the tool, we’ve been able to eliminate multiple emails, set clear priorities for the stores, and assign projects and tasks directly to the staff responsible with specific requirements for completion. It’s improved our productivity both at the home office and in the field.”

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Champs Sports introduces the ARMOURY

BY CSA STAFF

Champs Sports is elevating its value proposition for shoppers by launching an Under Armour store-within-a-store.

The ARMOURY at Champs Sports will serve as a destination for legions of Under Armour brand enthusiasts, featuring all of Under Armour's best and most innovative footwear, apparel, and accessories.

"This is a pinnacle collaboration for Under Armour as we unveil our newest retail presence with Champs Sports," said Matt Mirchin, President, North America, Under Armour. "The Armoury at Champs Sports will deliver a unique and fully immersive Under Armour experience for consumers and brand fans that will continue to drive our mission to make all athletes better, while providing access to the latest and most innovative UA gear."

This is the first-of-its-kind, premium store-within-a-store and will open later this month at the Champs Sports store in The Mall in Columbia in Columbia, Md. — right in the backyard of Under Armour's Baltimore headquarters. View gallery . View gallery .

Within this unique retail space, consumers also will be provided special access to exclusive Under Armour product and athlete appearances.

"Under Armour has earned a loyal and dedicated following among our customers over the last decade, so we are very excited to collaborate through this innovative retail offering," said Bryon Milburn, President and CEO, Champs Sports."The ARMOURY at Champs Sports gives us the opportunity to showcase the breadth of Under Armour's product line and tell its story in a single, cohesive context. We believe it will deepen customer loyalty and appreciation for both partners."

Grand opening events at the Champs Sports store in The Mall in Columbia are scheduled for June 27 and June 28. The weekend will feature professional athlete appearances, giveaways, a live radio remote, and more.

Champs Sports has more than 540 stores are located throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.

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Instacart uses Zebra IoT solution for cloud printing

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Francisco – Instacart is utilizing Zebra's hosted Zatar Internet of Things (IoT) platform for cloud printing and device management of Zebra printers. This new solution allows Instacart to print labels at locations across the U.S. securely and accurately.

Instacart chose to use the Zatar IoT platform for its ability to connect to and control devices in third-party locations via an API. The solution connects Instacart's printers to the cloud and enables the organization to interact with, monitor and manage Zebra printers globally.

The Zatar platform is an application enablement platform that supports both Zebra devices and third-party devices to enable IoT solutions. Zebra's partner, American Barcode and RFID Inc. will also be offering advanced services and support, as well as a managed services offering for the entire solution, leveraging Zatar.

"Zatar has allowed us to remotely manage a network of Zebra printers and generate our labels,” said Seth Bertemthal, city launcher, Instacart. “Through an API integration with Zatar, we now have the ability to print labels in multiple locations across the country. This was accomplished in an easy roll-out with Zebra's excellent support along the way."

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