HEADLINES

Dollar Tree Buys Family Dollar for $8.5B

On July 28, 2014, Dollar Tree, Inc. announced its intent to takeover Family Dollar for $8.5 billion. Will the merged company, with more than 13,000 stores in 48 states and five Canadian Provinces, create significant competition for big box retailers, like Walmart?

NetSuite Wins New Customers in Pet Products

7/29/2014 - Companies announced include GameWear, Pet Head and That Pet Place, which are among a growing number of manufacturers, distributors and retailers of pet goods that are leveraging NetSuite.

Dassault Systemes to Acquire Quintiq

7/29/2014 - The acquisition of Quintiq extends Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform to business operations planning and further enables its longtime goal of harmonizing product, nature and life.

CG Execs Say They Lack Digital Know-How

7/28/2014 - New research finds that more than half of business leaders place digital strategy and data analytics high on their agenda. Yet, 32 percent of respondents currently see themselves as having weak or no capabilities in these areas. Meanwhile, the supply chain was rated by consumer goods and retail executives as the No. 1 challenge for their companies — and is also the most likely to receive increased investment this year.

Walmart US CEO Steps Down

7/24/2014 - Bill Simon's successor, Greg Foran, joined the company in October 2011 and became President and CEO of Walmart China in March 2012.

Newell Rubbermaid Acquires Ignite Holdings

7/22/2014 - The acquired business will become part of the Home Solutions segment with Contigo and Avex joining the company's Rubbermaid, Calphalon, Goody and Levolor brands.

Big Data & Analytics Top Executive Agendas

7/22/2014 - A new report from IDC Manufacturing Insights concludes that big data and analytics will remain one of the top investment priorities for manufacturing organizations of all sizes for the foreseeable future. In fact, nearly 51 percent of respondents expect to generate new revenue streams from big data and analytics projects.

General Mills Invests $15M in China

7/15/2014 - The focus is on developing high-quality products for Chinese consumers including snacks, convenient meals, yogurt and super-premium ice cream.

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