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DSW Uses Size Optimization To Help Merchandise New Store Mixture

DSW8With 400 stores and growing, DSW is constantly challenged with providing the right selection of shoes for every shopper. Adding a series of smaller format stores to the mix has heightened the challenge.

“These [smaller format] stores are 8,000 to 12,000 square feet so the precision of the assortment has to be right,” said Linda Canada, SVP of Planning and Allocation of the shoe retailer. A typical DSW store is approximately 20,000 square feet, she explained.

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DSW Evolves To Personalized Assortment Planning

Today's shoppers have access to more information and options than ever before. As a result, retailers are tasked to differentiate the shopping experience by tailoring offers and even inventory assortment to customer wants and needs. 

Linda Canada, SVP of Planning and Allocation at DSW, shares with Retail TouchPoints how the retailer is revising its assortment planning processes to keep place with the empowered consumer.  

 

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DSW Awards $75,000 Grant To Autism Speaks

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DSW
has awarded a $75,000 grant to Autism Speaks following an online initiative asking employees to nominate their favorite non-profit organizations.

The Shoe Lovers Care Leave Your Mark program was created by DSW to reaffirm the company’s ongoing focus and dedication to giving back and supporting charitable causes, according to a company press release.

DSW "shoe lovers," or employees, nominated more than 200 non-profit organizations for consideration. Eight finalists were selected by DSW and then presented via social media for public voting. The finalists included: Autism Speaks; Bright Pink; Children's Hunger Alliance; CureSearch for Children's Cancer; Look Good Feel Better/PCPCF; Mid-Ohio Food Bank; Shoes That Fit; and Semper Fi Fund. Voting closed at the end of June 2013.

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Apple, Costco Named Among Top 100 Best Retailers To Work For


The Retail Life, an online retail community, recently announced its first annual list of 2012 100 Best Retailers To Work For, selected by its retail worker members.

Criteria for the winners included: competitive salaries, employee reviews, company pride, organization value and culture, socialization opportunities and career advancement opportunities.

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Arroweye Powers “Dropoints” Cents-Off Gift Cards


Arroweye Solutions
, a digital producer of customizable plastic gift, incentive and payment cards, announced that it is powering the customization capabilities for Drop Tank, a new online incentives products company. Drop Tank specializes in cents-off-per-gallon gift cards, called Dropoints, which reduce prices in real time at the pump. Cards are distributed by merchants to reward their best customers and vendors; as redemption items in existing loyalty programs; and for employee incentives, promotions and charitable gifts.

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RTP Honors 15 Top Retailers With Channel Integration Awards


cia_logo_smallWith another baseball season coming to a close, Retail TouchPoints (RTP) is taking a look at the cross-channel retailers who have “hit it out of the park” with efforts to integrate across channels. With the launch of the Channel Integration Awards (CIA), RTP is honoring the leaders in different verticals, based on their innovative approach to coordinating their cross-channel efforts. To bring this cross-section of cross-channel industry leaders together, Retail TouchPoints has collected and reviewed nominations and information from a variety of retail industry experts and executives.

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