Stories by Carol Sliwa

Retail Exchanges Forge Ahead Amid Doubts

The retail industry's two most prominent electronic marketplaces are readying plans to go beyond the auction stage to the sort of hard-core business-to-business transactions they hope will lead to significant cost reductions in their supply chains.

Nordstrom Picks New CIO

Nordstrom Inc. has plucked an internal candidate for the CIO position vacated last month when the Seattle-based retailer made sweeping top-level management changes in response to slumping sales growth.

Sears CIO Expects Quick Acceptance of Exchanges

Sears, Roebuck & Co. and French retailer Carrefour SA are two of the founding members of the GlobalNetXchange business-to-business marketplace that launched in February. Sears CIO Jerry Miller spoke with Computerworld senior editor Carol Sliwa about the marketplace's progress.

Retail Exchanges Forge Ahead Despite Skepticism

The retail industry's two most prominent electronic marketplaces are readying plans to go beyond the auction stage to the sort of hard-core business-to-business transactions they hope will lead to significant cost reductions in their supply chains.

Microsoft Makes Bid for Enterprise

Microsoft Corp. next week will stage its Enterprise 2000 Launch, laying the final colossal bricks for the Windows 2000 foundation that it has been building to challenge high-end Unix systems.

Andreessen Targets 'Fundamental Breakdown'

Loudcloud Inc., the latest venture of Netscape Communications Corp. co-founder Marc Andreessen, marks its first anniversary as a company this month. Thus far, Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Loudcloud has signed up 30 users of the Web infrastructure technology that it develops and then runs on an outsourced basis for large companies, e-commerce businesses and application service providers.

Nordstrom to Replace CIO

Slumping sales growth has prompted Nordstrom Inc. to replace several key executives, including its first CIO, who departed this week after just seven months on the job.

Kmart Names New CIO

Kmart Corp. today announced the appointment of Randy L. Allen as chief information officer, making her the company's fourth CIO in the last five years.

Nordstrom CIO to Be Replaced

Slumping sales growth has prompted Nordstrom Inc. to replace several key executives, including its first CIO, who departed last week after just seven months on the job.

FTC Commissioner Learning About Online Exchanges

U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) member Mozelle W. Thompson spoke last Friday at the Net Returns Conference organized here by The Industry Standard, one of Computerworld's sister publications. Following his speech, Thompson spoke with Computerworld about the issues raised by online business-to-business marketplaces and the FTC's approach to regulating them.

Back-to-School Online Shoppers on the Rise

The school shopping rush may not be creating any online traffic jams, but some crafty multichannel retailers are finding that somewhat effort-free promotions can provide welcome relief from the summer doldrums.

Online Retailers Less Merry in 2000

Companies working to wrap up their holiday preparations are finding a different online retailing world than the one they found a year ago.

Boo.com Makeover Draws Skeptical Reactions

Tragically hip Boo.com crashed with a loud thud in May when investors pulled the rug out from under the London-based retailer's bold, free-spending attempt to become the first online fashion retailer to succeed on an international scale.