July 16, 2013 - Big Lots, Inc. today announced John C. Martin has informed the company of his intention to retire from his role as Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer. Mr. Martin will continue in his current capacity until his successor is appointed, and he has committed to provide guidance to his successor and the company through May 2014. The company has retained SpencerStuart to conduct a search of external candidates to succeed Mr. Martin.
Read more: Big Lots Announces Retirement Plans of John Martin, EVP Chief Merchandising Officer
July 15th, 2013 - During her early years, Caroline Long fit comfortably in the child seat installed in traditional grocery carts. But soon she outgrew those seats, putting her mother Drew Ann Long in a bind. Caroline has Rett's Syndrome, a nervous system disorder that has left her unable to walk, talk or use her hands. Drew Ann, who also has two typical children, soon realized that she needed an original solution to her grocery-shopping problem. Neither hiring a babysitter nor pushing Caroline in a wheelchair while maneuvering a grocery cart was practical, so Drew Ann Long gave new meaning to the phrase "necessity is the mother of invention" and designed a custom cart that would allow her to shop with all of her children freely.From Drew Ann's vision Caroline's Cart is a state-of-the-art product that will provide families of special-needs children new freedom of mobility nationwide. A number of retailers have already pre-ordered Caroline's Cart, and the official launch of the product is scheduled for July 18 at the headquarters of the manufacturer, Technibilt. Ltd. in Newton, NC.
Read more: New product opens supermarket doors to special-needs shoppers
July 12, 2013 - Macy's celebrates the launch of its new Parisian inspired fashion brand, Maison Jules by introducing a limited edition bike, in collaboration with Martone Cycling Company. In step with the current trend of the bike as a key fashion accessory, the collaboration has resulted in the creation of a custom "Maison Jules X Martone" bike. Beginning August 1st, 151 bikes will be displayed alongside the collection in Macy's top doors carrying the line. Each of those 151 "Maison Jules X Martone" bikes will be given away to a lucky customer who has won a store-wide sweepstakes.
Read more: Macy's Wheels In For The Launch Of New Parisian Inspired Brand Maison Jules Fall / Winter 2013...
July 12, 2013 - HBA Global, the leading product development event for the beauty and personal care industry, announced the winners of several industry awards for innovations in package design, emerging brands and suppliers' new products. With its online communities and show attendees voting, the HBA awards reached a worldwide audience of top beauty and personal care brand manufacturers, retailers, and consumers.
Read more: The Best In Beauty Packaging, Emerging Brands And New Innovations Announced By HBA Global
July 11, 2013 - Manthan Systems, a global leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics for retailers, introduced ARC TargetOne, an advanced personalized promotions solution, extending its ARC Customer Analytics portfolio to real-time and context sensitive campaign execution. This solution enables retailers to drive customer engagement and relevance by ensuring the right conversation is initiated with the right customer at the right time through the right medium.
Read more: Manthan Systems Introduces Retail Solution for Personalized Promotions
July 10, 2013 - The Creative Child Magazine's Awards Program, in conjunction with Scooterbay Publishing, is unique in that all products submitted are reviewed by both real moms and industry professionals alike. Products are not reviewed by any one person but are reviewed by many people - the very people who purchase them. Each year, a 2-day event is held in Henderson, Nevada where over a hundred guest reviewers are invited to attend this organized review event. One of the products reviewed by panelists this year was SippyGrab 3D Designer Labels by Kidaroo Crew.
Read more: Kidaroo Crew Receives Prestigious 2013 Kids Product of the Year Award for Innovative SippyGrab...
July 9, 2013 - Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, Inc., a leader in local print and digital coupons, will introduce a special Augmented Reality feature on The Blue Envelope for two months during August and September, which will direct consumers to Valpak coupons and offers and allow them to interact on a real-time basis.
Read more: Augmented Reality Makes Getting Valpak Savings Virtual, Interactive
July 2, 2013 - Keds is kicking up style this fall with the introduction of its second footwear collaboration with seven-time Grammy winning, multi-platinum singer-songwriter and style icon Taylor Swift. The collection expands this season to 17 styles, offering an all-new array of prints, colors and finishes inspired by Swift, available globally beginning in July.
Read more: Keds Debuts Second Footwear Collaboration With Taylor Swift
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