We've selected an advisory board to help steer our editorial direction with monthly contributions and commentary.
We're honored this month to introduce the Integrated Solutions For Ret@ilers Editorial Board. This is a group of nine IT executives from leading North American retail enterprises who have agreed to help guide the editorial direction of this magazine. You may notice the names you see here are familiar to the pages of Integrated Solutions For Ret@ilers. Some of them have been covered in the feature stories and case studies we've written. That's because we cover successful technology implementations, and these are successful technology integrators. They've been there before, and they know the best practices - and the worst practices - in retail. We're excited to have these individuals as resources, and we trust you'll enjoy and appreciate the dynamic they will bring to the pages of this magazine.
Radio Shack Canada
Margo Weeks, VP of IS (information systems)
Weeks is responsible for projects involving e-commerce, POS applications, warehousing, merchandising, and self-serve portal services in 900 Radio Shack stores across Canada.
Alan Williams, VP of application development
Williams saved his six operating companies hundreds of thousands of dollars each year by consolidating their payment processing configuration enterprise-wide.
Robin Scott, director of application development
Scott recently implemented a warehouse management system and a fully automated drop-ship order processing Internet site for Brookstone's 246 stores.
Patrick Dougherty, manager of store automation
Dougherty is responsible for overseeing a recent POS upgrade at 525 Wawa stores that led to dramatic cuts in transaction times.
Ron Mathis, VP of IS
Mathis oversaw the development of an integrated ERP (enterprise resource planning), warehouse, POS, and communications network for Party Concepts' 170 stores.
Cy Fenton, EVP of operations
Fenton recently led a POS overhaul of more than 200 Books-A-Million stores, while simultaneously rebuilding the company's e-commerce engine.
Dennis Krautsack, senior director of IT
5,200 Dollar General stores are benefiting from the automated, paper-eliminating features of the EDI (electronic data interchange)-enabled supply chain Krautsack helped build.
K*B Toy Stores
Keith Porter, director of store systems
Porter recently oversaw the conversion of 1,300 K*B Toy Stores to a frame relay switch that led to a 75% reduction in electronic payment processing time.
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, Inc.
Gary Merry, CIO
Since 2001, new gift card programs for 128 Jos. A. Bank stores and a centralized database project for multichannel marketing initiatives have been the primary projects on Merry's plate.