The Container Store
The Container Store announced it will open six locations in 2012, making this the largest real estate growth year in the company's history and bringing the company's store count to 59 by year's end.
Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe, but 2012 is here and in full swing. Hopefully you had a busy and productive holiday season and are now ready to jump into 2012 no-holds-barred. Before you get started, however, make sure to check out this guide. We’ve assembled a top-notch group of cross-channel retail experts to offer you their best advice for the year ahead. W
Major retailers and the National Retail Federation say they plan ahead to accommodate for the manufacturing shutdown in China during the Chinese New Year. Companies like Macy's and The Container Store make changes to their production and shipping schedules to ensure they have enough goods to get them through the trough caused by the factory closures.
Gap has deployed the Google Wallet pay-by-smartphone capability in more than 65 of its California stores, joining leading retailers including Macy's, OfficeMax, Toys"R"Us and American Eagle in using the technology. Gap is promoting usage of the app with a 15 percent discount off customers' entire purchase through February 2012.
The Container Store, retailer of storage and organization products, has introduced a gift registry which will allow consumers to easily create a registry online or in-store. According to the company, the gift registry's most unique feature is group gifting for Your Dream elfa Space.
Major retailers are joining forces with Google to test Google Wallet, an Android application that allows consumers to use virtual versions of their existing plastic credit cards. Consumers can pay for an item using a credit card or gift card, redeem promotions and earn loyalty points — all with a single tap of their smartphone.
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In your distribution center (DC), mandate periodic clean-up time. For example, at The Container Store's 1.1 million-square-foot DC in Coppell, Texas, Director of Logistics Systems Christy Parra calls such breaks "10-minute aisles." Everyone stops and picks up trash and leftover packaging materials, and straightens up the section of the DC where they are standing. In this way, she says, "everyone owns the DC maintenance duties."
By Judie Eakins The technology has arrived to bring improved quality and greater efficiency, and catalogers are taking advantage Now in its fourth generation, digital photography has "arrived." And major retailers and catalogers, including Nordstrom, True Value, The Container Store and Eddie Bauer, have adopted it almost fully—for both traditional print and Web purposes. A few years ago, many in the industry—direct marketers, printers and photographers themselves—perceived digital photography as incapable of producing photos of superior quality. Beyond the subjective issues were very real limitations: Equipment was awkward and difficult to use, and the technology lent itself almost exclusively to static