Tag Archives: Ron Johnson

Pondering Millennials

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By Duke Ratliff Call them a marketer’s dream—or nightmare—the consumer segment dubbed “millennials” (consumers aged 18-34) is starting to make its presence felt in the home furnishings industry. Attention-getting products targeting millennials have been seen at every trade show this year. These items are usually inventive, colorful or unusual in some way—perfectly reflecting the quirky,More »

Macy’s, Martha Stewart Settle Legal Dispute

Martha Stewart

NEW YORK-Macy’s Inc. and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) have reached a settlement of their legal dispute regarding the sale of Martha Stewart-branded home merchandise at J.C. Penney. In brief and almost identically worded statements, the two companies said the terms of the settlement are confidential, will not be disclosed and “are not deemed material”More »

Resolutions for 2014

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By Duke Ratliff With holiday shopping (and selling) in the rearview mirror, home furnishings executives can now focus on the year ahead. Here are a few resolutions for the new year that notable individuals and institutions can make to make it a successful 2014. Walmart’s new leaders Doug McMillon and David Cheesewright should resolve toMore »

J.C. Penney Continues Home-Department Transformation

Myron Ullman III

PLANO, Texas-Continuing its battle to return to profitability, J.C. Penney is proceeding with its retransformation of its home department from the shop-oriented format established by former CEO Ron Johnson to one organized by category and classification. In a conference call to financial analysts yesterday, CEO Myron Ullman III, who succeeded Johnson in April said thisMore »

A Lesson in Retail

Michael Gould

Last week brought the announcement that Michael Gould will step down as head of Bloomingdale’s this coming February. Gould is preparing to leave the scene at a time when the business world is wondering whether two other iconic retailers, J.C. Penney and Sears, will survive. The two chains have taken different routes to get toMore »

Blog: J.C. Penney Spells It Out

J.C. Penney

What’s old is new again at J.C. Penney as the retailer has dropped the much-heralded logo that was unveiled in the Ron Johnson era. The old, now new, logo spells out the historical name of the chain. It’s replacing the stark “JCP” in a box, which was said to symbolically represent the chain’s move awayMore »

Report: JCP to End Martha Stewart Deal

J.C. Penney

NEW YORK-J.C. Penney will take its Martha Stewart merchandise off its shelves, according to a report from the New York Post, in an apparent end to the highly controversial deal between the retailer and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO). The report, which has been picked up by numerous news outlets, said Myron Ullman, J.C. Penney’sMore »