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USA: Gear.com's President Quits, Company Lays Off 22 Company Press Release | 28 Sep 00

Gear.com, an online retailer of discounted closeout sporting goods, said that its president, Ken Blue, has resigned, Venturewire reported today. Kevin Quigley, vice president of marketing and strategic development, is acting as the company's co-president along with the company's CFO Joe Kenny. Mr Blue also resigned his seat on Gear.com's board. The company also said it had laid off 22 employees in a restructuring aimed at conserving cash. Amazon.com owns about half of Gear.com. The company is also backed by Elliott Associates, Kellett Investment, Madrona Venture Group, Sugar Mountain Capital, and Westgate International, and is planning its third round of funding.


The clicks and mortar revolution Bobbin Publishing Group | 14 Aug 00

As e-commerce tracking becomes more reliable, bricks and mortar retailers are increasingly developing serious strategies for taking their products online. In the process, Internet pure players are getting edged off the playing field.


USA: Gear.com Teams With USATODAY.com Company Press Release | 25 Jul 00

E-tailer Gear.com announced today that it has signed a deal to become the exclusive sporting goods retailer on USATODAY.com."USATODAY.com draws nearly 26 million visitors on the Internet each month," says Gear.com president Ken Blue. "This deal introduces those people to Gear.com's everyday discounts - 25-75 per cent below retail - on name brand, closeout sports gear."The one-year deal will enable USATODAY.com shoppers to access Gear.com's selection of top-quality products from more than 550 manufacturers. Gear.com will appear on the homepage and sports page of USATODAY.com as well as in other merchandising areas throughout the site."We're pleased to have Gear.com on board," says Jeff Webber, USATODAY.com senior vice president and publisher. "Gear.com provides a service that allows our users to have direct access to name-brand sporting goods offered at excellent value."


USA: `Luxury' Equals `European' For Consumer Goods Company Press Release | 20 Jul 00

As the recent takeover battle for Gucci Group shows, luxury brands are hot corporate assets. Little surprise that the 'World's Most Valuable Brands Survey', an annual study conducted by Interbrand, the brand consultancy, shows that


USA: Manugistics Wins K-Swiss Supply Chain Deal Company Press Release | 18 Jul 00

K-Swiss, Inc (Nasdaq: KSWS - news), the athletic footwear and branded apparel company, has chosen Manugistics' eBusiness solutions to improve its asset utilization, it was announced at Manugistics' enVISION2000 conference today."K-Swiss joins a growing roster of leading apparel, footwear and textiles (AFT) clients turning to Manugistics for competitive advantage," said Greg Owens, Manugistics' president and CEO. "Manugistics' intelligent eBusiness solutions are designed to manage the complex challenges of the AFT industry, helping companies increase velocity, improve visibility and potentially decrease costs."Manugistics NetWORKS will simultaneously balance materials, capacity, inventory, transportation and distribution constraints across K-Swiss' global supplier network of independent contractors to produce a more effective manufacturing plan. Additionally, NetWORKS will enable K-Swiss to more accurately predict customer demand by using life-cycle management, market events and retail point-of-sale data."After a very rigorous selection process involving best-of-breed supply chain providers, we concluded that Manugistics was the best choice," said Steven Nichols, CEO of K-Swiss, Inc. Edward Flora, vice president of operations at K-Swiss, continued: "Manugistics will help enable us to execute proactive planning solutions and exception management rather than searching for and reacting to problems. Their constraint-based optimization engines are key to realizing our global competitiveness. Additionally, we will become better partners with our contracted factories, and provide more timely and reliable information to our third-party suppliers."


USA: CyberSource(R) Dramatically Improves the Accuracy of Bluefly's Online Fraud Screening Process just-style.com | 31 May 00

E-Tailer of Designer Apparel and Home Furnishings Successfully Employs CyberSource Payment and Fraud Screening Services CyberSource Corporation (Nasdaq: CYBS), a leading provider of outsourced, mission-critical eCommerce transaction services, today announced that it has significantly improved the credit card payment and fraud screening process for Bluefly, Inc., (Nasdaq: BFLY), a leading Internet retailer of designer fashions and home furnishings at outlet store prices. By implementing the CyberSource Payment Service and CyberSource Internet Fraud Screen enhanced by Visa, Bluefly has successfully transitioned itself from a manual payment process to an automated credit card and fraud screening solution that more efficiently and accurately identifies the risk related to online fraud.(Photo:


Home Shopping Key Note | 10 Apr 00

Home shopping in one form or another was rarely out of the news in 1999. However, the vast majority of interest was in the Internet. While the Internet is clearly paramount in the minds of UK retailers - not least the traditional mail order houses - it remains a channel of the future and has yet to impact on the revenues of the traditional players to a significant extent.


Retail IT - It’s Not Just for Stores Anymore Bobbin Publishing Group | 14 Sep 99

Retail systems are no longer something sewnproducts makers and marketers can afford to watch from the sidelines, especially ase-commerce reinvents the symbiotic relationship between the supplier, the retailer and theconsumer. Breakthroughs in e-commerce are opening newdoors for retailers and sewn products manufacturers to share more data on abusiness-to-business level as well as serve the market on a direct-to-consumer basis.


E-commerce - some implications GEAC | 15 Jun 99

Introduction The media is full of articles extolling thepotential benefits of e-commerce. However, these are largely from the perspective ofconsumer sales. A poll by ComputerWorld of 100 senior systems managers found that 36percent had diverted resources to internet projects. This was done purely as a result oftop management reading a media report on e-commerce technology. This is hardly a strategicrationale. Sales of mid-range and enterprise systems have been boosted by the demands ofcompanies rushing to develop e-commerce facilities. In short, the hype surrounding thepotential of e-commerce is driving organizations to develop e-commerce capabilities, oftenwithout considering the strategic implications. This article will explore some of thepotential implications of the much anticipated explosion in e-commerce activity.


On-line opportunities Company Clothing | 28 Jan 99

Many millions of words and manycolumn-miles have already been written extolling the virtues of the Internet and how itwill change all our lives forever. But what substance underlies the hype? How will theInternet really affect you? And how can you prepare your business to take best advantageof the opportunities the Internet represents?

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