Companies that work with warehouses or distribution centers might find that a warehouse management system is a better match for their needs than an enterprise resource planning system, writes Eric Allais, president and CEO of PathGuide Technologies. WMS solutions are specifically designed for warehouses and can be integrated with ERP systems if needed, he argues.
Jackie Wilson's American Fashion Network creates private-label fashion lines for major retailers including American Eagle and Kohl's, as well as e-commerce giant Amazon. She talks about how first fast-fashion retailers and now Amazon are driving change and how private-label manufacturers stay on top of style trends.
Rent the Runway began as a high-touch, stylist-focused business that gave customers a chance to enjoy quality apparel without the hefty prices. New rental options and recent technology additions have allowed the couture company to meet customers' evolving needs without losing its reputation for one-on-one service. Read more in STORES.
Annual reports aren't usually much to get excited about, but NRF's Karlie Frank drew inspiration from the retailers the organization serves, experimenting with augmented reality and social media to liven up a notoriously dull job. Frank shares tips for how to refresh a predictable project into something to get excited about. Read more on Medium.
The Small Business Jobs Act in New York City aims to give commercial tenants the ability to use arbitration to secure lease renewal. However, the Council of New York Cooperatives & Condominiums is fighting the commercial rent control, saying the 100,000 property owners relying on retail income would suffer.
Exchange Solutions has purchased Marketplace Square, a 169,223-square-foot retail center in Jensen Beach, Fla., for $19 million. The building is 89% occupied with a Hobby Lobby anchor and a Dollar Tree.
The Capital Regional Development Authority wants to use eminent domain for the atrium, retail and office space at XL Center in Hartford, Conn., after several offers to purchase the space from Northland Investment Corp. fell through. However, Northland believes the proposed offers and appraisals are well below value and says it isn't looking to sell right now.
City officials and consultants will host a visioning workshop to determine the options for Imperial Mall in Hastings, Neb. The workshop will address all of the blighted areas in the city, including those in the mall and nearby.
To keep its drivers, ride-share company Lyft plans to spend $100 million to create retail hubs and expanded services for those drivers. The company plans to build retail spaces with amenities such as restrooms and meeting spaces for educational and social events.