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Specialty retailer in rapid cloud rollout

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

J. McLaughlin has completed an ambitious retail systems overhaul.

The Brooklyn-based sportswear and accessories brand has transitioned its retail systems to a suite of fully integrated cloud-based solutions from Aptos. The tech transformation project, which took less than a year to complete, will improve J. McLaughlin’s customer engagement and support its expanding store footprint, which has 128 locations nationwide.

“Our customers deserve an experience that is authentic, personalized and consistently exceeds their expectations,” said Mary Ellen Coyne, CEO, J. McLaughlin. “Aptos’ Singular Commerce platform in the cloud provides a foundation for exceptional customer engagement. Additionally, by adding planning capabilities, we will ensure the right styles are in stock at the right stores at the right time — a critical priority for our seasonal fluctuations.”

According to Aptos, the project is designed to provide differentiated experiences; optimized data-driven operations; and scalability as the company grows. For example, a financial planning solution will help the retailer set financial targets for all products and channels, and match buying decisions to expected demand.

As the season progresses, the solution helps to easily simulate and make course corrections to keep a firm handle on the achievement of margin and inventory investment targets. Meanwhile, an assortment planning solution creates customer-focused assortments that meet localized demand while improving sales, inventory turns and profitability.

Looking ahead, J. McLaughlin plans to leverage software that will help it create localized assortments at each location.

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The top apparel retailer for 2018 will be…

BY CSA Staff

Amazon is on pace to make a big name for itself across the apparel industry this year.

According to Morgan Stanley, the online giant is poised to become the number one player in the U.S. apparel industry in 2018, reported
CNBC.

Much of Amazon’s success in the apparel category comes from increasing sales of casual items for everyday wear. Brands like Nike and Calvin Klein that sell merchandise across Amazon are also bolstering these sales, the report explained.

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Walmart kicks off gardening season with new mobile technology

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Walmart is readying for spring with a new line-busting solution.

The discount giant is testing mobile technology in its Lawn & Garden Centers across more than 350 stores. Called Check Out With Me, the program outfits associates with mobile devices and Bluetooth printers that enable them to check out customers, and provide them with a receipt on the spot, according to the company’s website.

Here’s how it works: A Walmart associate scans a customer’s items with the mobile device, and then swipes the shopper’s credit card to pay for the order. Associates can use a compact Bluetooth printing device to print a receipt, or customers can opt to receive it electronically.

“Customers no longer need to venture inside the physical store to pay for items like mulch, soil and flowers, saving them valuable time,” the website reported.

The company plans to expand the program based customer feedback, according to Walmart.

 

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