Temple-Inland to open display, graphics facility in Chicago
Temple-Inland is planning a new display and graphics facility, scheduled to open January 2012 in Chicagoland. Temple-Inland Display and Packaging Chicago will offer the services and expertise of the Elgin Corrugated Box and Mack Packaging brands from a single, newly renovated plant in Carol Stream, Ill.
Temple-Inland will provide corrugated packaging, displays and fulfillment to current Mack, Elgin and Temple-Inland customers, plus new customers throughout the country.
This facility, working jointly with its network of operations, will allow Temple-Inland to meet the packaging and display needs for boutique businesses and large, high-volume corporations.
Lumber Liquidators Q3 income rises, new VP named
Toano, Va.-based Lumber Liquidators announced net income for the third quarter ended Sept. 30 increased 57.2% to $6.7 million, compared with $4.3 million in the third quarter of the prior year. Net sales increased 16.8% to $172.0 million in the third quarter, compared with $147.2 million in the year-ago period.
Comparable-store net sales increased 3% for the third quarter, versus a decrease of 5.7% in the third quarter of 2010. Net sales at non-comparable stores increased $20.3 million over the prior-year period.
Lumber Liquidators opened 33 new store locations in 2011, including six that opened in the third quarter.
"We made good progress on our strategic initiatives in the third quarter, despite a difficult macroeconomic environment which has caused our customers to remain cautious and price sensitive with regard to large-ticket discretionary purchases,” said CEO Jeffrey Griffiths.
“During the quarter, we further laid the foundation for the company’s long-term success by continuing our investment in our sourcing initiatives. Specifically, with the recent acquisition of certain of Sequoia’s assets, we further strengthened our direct relationships with mills in China, allowing us to more efficiently and effectively control the quality and costs of products sourced in this region. We believe these enhancements will enable us to strengthen the value proposition to our customer, ultimately expanding our operating margins over the longer-term.”
Net income for the first nine months decreased 12.5% to $17.8 million, compared with $20.3 million in the prior-year period. Net sales for the nine-month period increased 8.6% to $507.1 million, compared with $467.1 million in the first nine months of 2010.
The company expects full-year net sales to be in the range of $674 million to $681 million, from the previous range of $673 million to $686 million.
In other company news, Carl Daniels has joined Lumber Liquidators as senior VP supply chain, effective Oct. 31, 2011. Daniels will oversee the company’s international and domestic logistics, warehousing and distribution operations. He will report directly to Robert Lynch, president and chief operating officer.
Daniels most recently served as senior VP supply chain and operations at Harbor Freight Tools. He has also served in executive level logistics positions at Michaels Inc., Retail Ventures Services and Midas International, among others.
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Survey: 37% of retailers now have a mobile site
The third annual Mobile Audit, released Thursday by e-commerce and digital marketing company Acquity Group, found that mobile adoption is on the rise. In fact, the percentage of retailers with a mobile site reached 37% in 2011, up from 12% in 2010 and only 4% in 2009 — a 210% increase over the past year alone.
The survey also found that one in four retailers have at least one mobile app, with nearly a quarter developing for the iPhone, followed by Android (10%). The number of retailers offering mobile apps grew 278% over the past year, rising from 7% in 2010 to slightly more than 26% in 2011
Leaders in the mobile space, according to survey findings, are — in alphabetical order — Amazon, Armani Exchange, Barnes & Noble, Buy.com, Cabela’s, Gilt Groupe, The Home Depot, Newegg, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.
“These 10 retailers are executing mobile tactics that are positioning them ahead of the mobile commerce curve,” said Tom Nawara, VP digital strategy and design at Acquity Group. “All of these companies have made a focused commitment to mobile, and it’s paying off. Not only have they implemented mobile-optimized sites to support a wide range of devices, but they have taken initiatives a step further with exceptional transactional functionality and well-designed apps that meet customer needs.”
The survey also found that the percentage of companies with a site optimized specifically for the iPhone decreased, from 11% in 2010 to 9% in 2011. Nawara explained that as mobile browsers become more similar and full-featured across different devices, this non-specialization is an expected trend.
Although tremendous progress is being made across the board, the rate of mobile adoption, and the specific mobile tactics used, can vary considerably by industry. For example, Acquity Group’s analysis shows that for the implementation of iPhone apps, industry groups such as health and beauty, food and drug, and sass merchants skewed much higher (an average of 66% adoption) than groups such as flowers and gifts, and hardware and home improvement (an average of 36% adoption).
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