Retail

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 »

Diane Von Furstenberg, Springs Team Up for Home Collection

Diane Von Furstenberg, Springs Team Up for Home Collection

NEW YORK–Diane von Furstenberg is homeward bound. The legendary fashion designer has signed up with Springs Global to do a new line of home furnishings products, including, bedding, bath and tabletop that will debut in spring 2011. The trade will get its first look at the products this spring. For von Furstenberg, it marks herMore »

Target to Focus on “Strategic Growth” Over Long Term

Target to Focus on “Strategic Growth” Over Long Term

MINNEAPOLIS—Target plans to announce its plans for growth in both traditional and new areas at a meeting with members of the financial community in Philadelphia today. In a statement, the mass merchant said it will focus on continued growth within existing stores, which it will achieve through a “substantial store remodeling effort,” involving the investmentMore »

On Quality of Sleep

On Quality of Sleep

By David Gill A visit to the International Hotel/Motel & Hospitality Show here in New York last year showed that the quality-of-sleep issue is top of mind among the nation’s innkeepers.   Clearly, the hotels have shown that they get it regarding quality of sleep. Bob Altbaier, owner of Downlite, which was an exhibitor atMore »

Groupe SEB Reports N.A. Sales Drop, Personnel Changes

Groupe SEB Reports N.A. Sales Drop, Personnel Changes

ECULLY CEDEX, France.–Groupe SEB reported its sales for 2009 totalling $4,489 million, or a decline of 1.6 percent, and a slight increase at constant exchange rates. Its North American business, which includes the U.S., Mexico and Canada, fell 11.4 percent in current exchange rates, or 12.6 in constant exchange rates, for 2009 sales of $493More »

Haworth to Head Sears Retail Services Unit

Haworth to Head Sears Retail Services Unit

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.–James Haworth has been named executive vice president and president of the retail services unit of Sears Holdings. Haworth, who will begin in this post on Jan. 31, will be responsible for the oversight, leadership and strategic growth of retail services for all Sears and Kmart stores. He will report to the boardMore »