Starbucks will soon open their 1,000 store in Japan, a milestone that is important to CEO Howard Shultz. According to an article on Chain Store Age, Shultz was recently at the opening of their newest Starbucks Maguro store, inspired by the traditional Japanese service spirit.
Luxottica has deployed Raymark’s clienteling solution, according to Chain Store Age. The eyewear makers will deploy Raymark’s solution in their Ilori sunwear stores throughout the year.
Making strides into brick-and-mortar stores, eBay has partnered with Kate Spade to launch a retail concept that brings eBay features to the in-store experience. According to CNet, not many other details were provided at this moment.
Walgreens is about to open a larger-than-normal store in the Downtown Crossing section of Boston. According to Bostinno, the nearly 25,000 square foot store will have everything from carry-out lunch to traditional groceries.
With nearly 1,400 store-within-a-store concepts slated to be opened by early June, the Samsung Experience store opened this week in the Union Square Best Buy this week. This store represents one of close to 900 such stores to open between now and May, according to PC Mag.
Starting this summer, Walmart employees will be able to see real-time updates of inventory levels on their store shelves with the help of a new mobile app. According to RIS News, the tablet-enabled app allows employees to do everything from ensuring displays are set up correctly to printing missing labels.
From their Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting on Monday, Walmart reinforced their commitment to creating more sustainable stores and infrastructures. According to Chain Store Age, Walmart has their eyes set on being 100% energy independent.
Brooks Brothers, the nearly 200-year-old retailer, is opening another retail concept store, this time in Ann Arbor. According to Ann Arbor, this store will be similar to their New York City retail concept, this store will have the essence of the Brooks Brothers brand while focusing items towards a younger college demographic.
Many companies are clamoring for supply chain and demand planners, the problem is that the requirements for one can be as varied and diverse as the companies seeking them. According to an article on Supply Chain Brain, there is not a perfect formula for creating or hiring expert demand planners.
Making headlines with innovative store launches in Hong Kong, Chicago, and London, Burberry plans to open their next flagship store on Rodeo Drive in Southern California. According to the Los Angeles Times, the new store will occupy the space currently housing Ermengildo Zegna.
In a bid to help local businesses in Milwaukee grow, OfficeMax is testing a new concept store aimed directly at small business owners. According to Chain Store Age, the new store will replace an existing OfficeMax. The new store will be completely redesigned.
For CEO’s, most your time may not be spent focused on your company’s supply chain, but they should, at least some of the time. According to Industry Week, supply chains ensure products are delivered on time and in good shape, factors that contribute directly to a company’s bottom line.