Carter's Slices Distribution Costs With Automated Multichannel DC
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Carter's increased its sales in 2013 for the 25th consecutive year, with both its wholesale and retail businesses reporting sales topping $1 billion. As sales continue to grow, the children's apparel and accessories retailer's distribution costs became inflated, prompting the construction of a fully automated multichannel distribution center (DC) in Braselton, Georgia that's already improved the bottom line and has yet to reach full ramp-up. In 2013, Carter's spent nearly $110 million on distribution, a number EVP and CFO Richard Westenberger hopes to trim when the new DC is fully ramped up later this year.