Retail

Warren Shoulberg Blog: Who Moved My Purchase Order?

Warren Shoulberg Blog: Who Moved My Purchase Order?

The news a few weeks ago that Walmart had set up a huge sourcing infrastructure in Asia and that it was going to aggressively expand the amount of direct importing it was doing was not just massive: it was Walmartian massive. I think in a few years the general merchandise industry will look back atMore »

Costco Names Jelinek President, COO; Creates Office of the President

Costco Names Jelinek President, COO; Creates Office of the President

ISSAQUAH, Wash.–Costco Wholesale Corporation has appointed Craig Jelinek president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. Jelinek previously was executive vice president in charge of merchandising, a position he has held since 2004. He spent the previous 20 years in various management positions in warehouse operations. Jelinek will join the Costo board of directors. Jim SinegalMore »

Bloomie’s Opens in Dubai, Includes Home Store

Bloomie’s Opens in Dubai, Includes Home Store

NEW YORK–Bloomingdale’s opened two stores, a full-line department store plus a smaller Home store, in the Dubai Mall over the weekend. Bloomingdale’s Dubai is a 146,000-square-foot, three-level department store filled with apparel and accessories. The new Home store is a one-level, 54,000-square-foot location. “This is a momentous occasion for us to be opening the firstMore »

Old Is New . . . Again, Again, and Again!

Old Is New . . . Again, Again, and Again!

By Jill Sands In the beginning . . . the economy led us to tag sales, consignment shops, closets, attics and basements out of necessity. Pardon the cliché, but isn’t necessity the mother of invention? So, what did we discover in these “new shopping venues?” They are a new form of entertainment! Historically, women haveMore »

Retail Sales to Rise 2.5 Percent in 2010, NRF Says

Retail Sales to Rise 2.5 Percent in 2010, NRF Says

WASHINGTON—U.S. retail sales will increase 2.5 percent this year, according to a forecast from the National Retail Federation. NRF’s projection, part of its Retail Sales Outlook report, excludes sales by auto dealers, gas stations and restaurants. The trade group based its prediction on recent positive signs from indicators such as the housing market and employment,More »

August Named Sharperimage.com Marketing Officer

August Named Sharperimage.com Marketing Officer

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.–Steve August has been appointed senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Sharperimage.com. In this newly created position, August is in charge of all direct-marketing efforts for the retail Web site, including online, catalog, affiliate, customer-relations management, portals and partnerships. He also oversees all customer analytics and database modeling. August reports directlyMore »

Shabby Chic Hooks Up With Guildmaster and Miles Talbott

Shabby Chic Hooks Up With Guildmaster and Miles Talbott

NEW YORK–Shabby Chic, the iconic brand known for its blend of English elegance and California casual, is returning to the wholesale home furnishings world with new programs with Guildmaster and Miles Talbott that will debut to the trade this April at the High Point Market. The creation of designer Rachel Ashwell, Shabby Chic has beenMore »

Macy’s to Open Bloomingdale’s Outlet Stores; Orlick Rejoins Company

Macy’s to Open Bloomingdale’s Outlet Stores; Orlick Rejoins Company

CINCINNATI–Macy’s plans to launch a Bloomingdale’s Outlet store concept this year, and has hired former Federated executive Arnie Orlick to lead the outlet effort. The outlets will offer a range of apparel and accessories, including women’s ready-to-wear, men’s, children’s, women’s shoes, fashion accessories, jewelry, handbags and intimate apparel. According to a company statement, the planMore »