Tampa, FL – April 1, 2013,
Apollo Retail Specialists is pleased to announce that they have acquired Action Retail Services of Fullerton, California. This acquisition strengthens both organizations and increases our excellence at retail for our clients. Action brings Apollo the merchandising leadership of John Gillis, along with his team of additional experienced professional merchandisers to the Apollo team. Apollo also will add support to the Action team with its field organization of over 4,000.
All members of the Action team will join Apollo and the team will continue to operate out of its current offices in Fullerton, CA. Apollo Retail Specialists is the leading retail service agency for retailer remodels and resets. The addition of Action and John Gillis allows us to accelerate the growth of our merchandising division to become a leader there as well.
In combination with Apollo, Action will now be able to serve its clients nationally with the same quality service they have been providing in its current market.
“I am very excited about adding John Gillis and his team to the Apollo family. This is an important step in the continual development of our commitment to excellence at retail,” Mike Sunderland, President and CEO, Apollo Retail Specialists. As part of this transaction, John Gillis will assume the role of Director of Merchandising and Client Services of Apollo.
“We see Apollo as the perfect fit to allow our team to grow and have full national capabilities, and to offer an exciting future to our clients and our associates. Apollo shares our passion for retail excellence and we are proud to partner with Mike Sunderland and his team,” John Gillis, Action Retail.
About Action Retail:
Action Retail Services, Inc. is an efficient, reliable Merchandising Services Organization headquartered in Fullerton, California. We offer expanded retail services and specialized functions that personify all aspects of your retail driven initiative; this includes remodels, category resets, merchandising projects and ongoing retail coverage of over 1000 stores monthly. We offer our quality retail service solution in all classes of retail trade. Our customer base consists of Brokers, Manufacturers, Distributors, Wholesalers, Chain Grocery, Drug, Mass Merchandisers, and Convenience Stores. In addition to having full reset crews and top-notch field service reps available, we are fully capable of handling blitz needs for multiple projects in multiple retailers.
About Apollo Retail Specialists:
Apollo Retail Specialists is a national retail service organization supplying third party retail services to leading retailers and leading consumer brands throughout the United States and Canada. The Apollo team is supported by its corporate team in the Tampa, Florida office as well as field offices in Dallas, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Mooresville, North Carolina; and now Fullerton, California.
Would you like to be able to read the minds of 100 chief financial officers at leading retailers throughout the country? Well, maybe you can. This week, a story in Chain Store Age reported on the findings of the seventh-annual BDO Retail Compass Survey of CFOs. The findings are good news for the members of the at-retail merchandising and marketing service industry.
The main point of the story is that retail executives still consider U.S. stores the core of their business. Thirty percent of the CFOs said that U.S. expansion will be their priority growth tactic in 2013. Others include improving merchandising assortment at 24 percent, and e-commerce and mobile commerce at 22 percent. Here are some other key findings:
-Thirty-four percent said that they will be looking to add staff, both in-store and HQ.
- Among risks to their business identified by CFOs, 34 percent said that federal, state and local regulations top the list. Another 32 percent said competition and consolidation. Other risks are foreign supplier and vendor issues, data security and geopolitical events.
- Thirty-two percent said that they plan to invest most of their capital in advertising and promotions. Twenty-nine percent said they will invest in e-commerce. Twenty-six percent said redesigning and remodeling stores.
The findings of the survey and the story underline that, although retail executives see the opportunity in foreign markets and e-commerce, they have not forgotten their core competency and have not abandoned the store. Rather, there seems to be a definite movement toward providing a true omni-channel experience to their customers.
It is up to the members of World Alliance of Retail Excellence & Standards to make sure that our at-retail services align with these priorities. One way to do that is to attend the Retail Merchandising & Marketing Conference (RMMC). Click here to visit the official RMMC website and register today.