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SHARE: Email Print LinkedIn Facebook Twitter This week Ikea plugged-in the solar panels installed at both its Chicago-area stores in Bolingbrook and Schaumburg, Ill. as well as store in Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Draper, Utah. This brings the retailers total number of completed U.S. solar energy projects to 25. Addition installations are under way at 14 more stores. The two Chicago area projects total 248,700 square feet and generating capacity of 1,989 kW, and were built with 8,463 panels. They represent the two largest distributed arrays in Illinois, making Ikea the states largest solar owner. Ikea contracted with Chicago-based SoCore

Casual Male Retail Group Inc., a leading retailer of men's big and tall apparel, has opened a new Destination XL in Phoenix, Ariz. Located at 1701 E. Camelback Road, DXL is a new men's superstore catering to the many fashionable needs of the big and tall man. DXL is a unique, all-inclusive destination offering more than 2,000 styles under one roof from CMRG's four existing apparel businesses, Casual Male XL, Rochester Big & Tall, Shoes XL and B&T Direct. The comprehensive selection of products is intended to appeal to the various lifestyles and socioeconomic groups across the big and

d Macy’s Inc. recently announced plans for three new Bloomingdale’s Outlet stores, which are slated to open in fall 2011. The new outlet stores will join the first four Bloomingdale’s Outlet stores that opened in fall 2010, when the concept was launched. “Our first four outlet stores have helped us to learn this business and refine our merchandising and in-store presentation," said Michael Gould, chairman and CEO of Bloomingdale’s. "We continue to see opportunity for growth, and these three new locations will help us to extend the geographic reach of Bloomingdale’s Outlets and introduce the concept to new customers."

Canton, Mass.-based Casual Male Retail Group Inc. (CMRG) has officially opened its new Destination XL (DXL) concept store, a new men's superstore concept catering to the bigger and taller man, in Las Vegas. DXL is an all-inclusive concept that offers a wide range of clothing, shoes and products under one roof from CMRG's four existing apparel businesses. Currently with three other locations in Schaumburg, Ill., Houston and Memphis, Tenn., DXL offers a collection of good, better and best products merchandised by lifestyle, with a focus on servicing the "end-of-the-rack" department store shopper. The DXL store is also designed to

Different kinds of catalogers should have different customer service policies, according to Timothy Holody, COO of Seta Corp., which markets through the Palm Beach Jewelry catalog and ships 1.5 million to 2 million units of jewelry a year to customers. “But whatever your policies are, they have to be set up in such a way that you can measure their effectiveness, and their impact on your bottom line.” Holody’s presentation at the recent National Conference on Operations & Fulfillment in Schaumburg, Ill., was a case study, “A Real World Look at Customer Service Policies,” which focused on how Palm Beach Jewelry handles various customers

Published rates have spiked throughout the parcel industry, and will impact the bottom line of any cataloger who ships goods through any of the major parcel carriers. But according to Tim Sailor, founder/president of Long Beach, Calif.-based Navigo Consulting Group, the impact doesn’t have to be negative. Despite recent rate hikes, catalog/multichannel shippers still can cut good deals if they play their cards right. “Shippers don’t have the advantage now, since carriers are incentivized to sell their services at the highest possible cost,” Sailor said during a session at last week’s National Conference on Operations & Fulfillment in Schaumburg, Ill. Recent rate

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