J.C. Penney simplifies its sale strategy

Penney said Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, that it is getting rid of the hundreds of sales it offers each year in favor of a simpler approach to pricing. On Feb. 1, the retailer is rolling out a three-tiered strategy that offers Every Day low pricing daily, Monthly Value discounts on select merchandise each month and clearance deals called Best Price during the first and the third Friday of each month when many shoppers get paid. (AP Photo/J.C. Penney) This catalog cover provided by J.C. Penny, shows the February, 2012… This catalog cover provided by J.C. Penney, shows the February, 2012 catalog. J.
Pour la version originale de l’article, voir http://www.timesunion.com/business/article/J-C-Penney-simplifies-its-sale-strategy-2702233.php

New Point-of-Sale Strategy Boosts Service and Security

NFC payment in action

Meanwhile, small businesses selling wares online or on the road have an increasingly large array of choices for processing sales. PayPal rules e-commerce, while Google Checkout and other alternatives lag behind. The Square Card Reader and Intuit GoPayment smartphone attachments turn a handset into a mobile credit-card terminal, ideal for selling goods or services out of, say, a food truck or a mobile office. Yet traditional POS systems remain a staple in shops that have a physical presence. Big names in POS hardware include Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, and MCR. Participants on the software side are Epicor, IBM, Intuit, MCR, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP, to name a handful. Though software such as Intuit POS, which integrates with QuickBooks, may be just right for the local stationery shop, small businesses with multiple locations are wise to consider centralizing their POS systems to simplify reporting, data analysis, and inventory management. That’s the challenge faced by the shoe seller in the case study, below. Taking centralization to another level, some vendors are experimenting with emerging cloud-based POS systems, such as those provided by Oracle. Yet brick-and-mortar retailers are among the last small businesses to adopt new POS technologies. “The needle hasn’t moved very much,” says Leslie Hand, research director for IDC Retail Insights.
Pour la version originale de l’article, voir http://www.pcworld.com/article/239636/new_point_of_sale_strategy_boosts_service_and_security.html

Encana sale, merger possible as CEO seeks outside help to craft strategy

Suttles, the former BP Plc executive, took over as CEO. Encana, like its peers, has increased financial hedges on future gas production, sold assets and boosted production from more lucrative oil and liquids plays in an effort to stave off a sustained price funk for the heating fuel. Investors have been looking for Mr. Suttles to chart a new path for the company after several strategic missteps, including the spin-off of its oil assets and an increase in natural gas production amid a market glut. I dont think we have a real sense of the strategic direction yet. Were still waiting on that, said John Stephenson, senior vice-president and portfolio manager at First Asset Investment Management in Toronto. I think management and the board are aligned in terms of creating shareholder value, vente a domicile but its one thing to say it because it sounds good and its another thing to actually do something about it. Related Encana disconnect with natural gas too hard to ignore Encana, which released its second-quarter results Wednesday, said it has locked in roughly 2.2 billion cubic feet a day of expected gas production for the remainder of 2013, or roughly 75% of total output, at an average price of $4.37 per 1,000 cubic feet. Production of petroleum liquids jumped 69% in the quarter from a year ago to 47,600 barrels a day, the company said. Encana is also looking to slash up to $150-million in governance and administrative costs, while continuing to offload marginal assets. It closed the sale of its Jean Marie assets in northeast British Columbia June 27.
Pour la version originale de l’article, voir http://business.financialpost.com/2013/07/24/encanas-q2-operating-earnings-beat-estimates-obrien-steps-aside-as-chairman/

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