Sears Names James to Head Kmart


HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.-Alasdair James has been appointed president and chief member officer of Kmart by the mass retailer’s parent, Sears Holdings. In his new role, James oversees the Kmart operation, including the driving of the format strategy, managing profit and loss and “aligning merchandise, marketing, pricing and selling with the needs and wants of ShopMore »

Last updated: August 12, 2014

West Elm to Debut Grant Program for U.S. Artisans

West Elm

BROOKLYN, N.Y.-The West Elm segment of Williams-Sonoma will launch the We Love Local Small Business Grant contest, an effort to provide support to U.S.-based artists, makers and designers. Beginning tomorrow, local artisans can go online at and submit stories about who they are, what they make and how the prize ($25,000 to the winner)More »

Last updated: August 11, 2014

NRF Cites Badcock as “Retail Champion” Finalist

Wogan Badcock

ROSEVILLE, Calif.-Wogan Badcock III, owner of Badcock Furniture and More, has been named one of the five finalists for the National Retail Federation’s Retail Champion award. The award recognizes retailers for their grassroots advocacy and engagement on federal, state and local issues affecting the retail economy. Badcock was honored with the four other finalists atMore »

Last updated: August 8, 2014

HSNi Net Q2 Net Falls 5.2 Percent


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-Lower margins and a tick-up in expenses put a damper on HSNi’s second-quarter net income, which declined 5.4 percent to $40.9 million. Both of the company’s segments, HSN and Cornerstone, reported decreases in gross margin in the quarter, which ended on June 30. These came about due to shipping promotions at HSN andMore »

Last updated: August 7, 2014

Clinton Kelly to Advise Macy’s To-Be-Weds

Clinton Kelly Weddings

NEW YORK–Macy’s has launched a new bridal campaign, “Weddings with Clinton Kelly,” providing big-day advice and resources for couples. Starting this month as “Wedding’s Best Man” for Macy’s, Clinton Kelly, the former co-host of TLC’s reality series “What Not to Wear” and current moderator for ABC’s “The Chew,” will lend his lifestyle, fashion, entertaining andMore »

Last updated: August 7, 2014

Bopp Out at Crate and Barrel

Sascha Bopp

NORTHBROOK, Ill.-Sascha Bopp has resigned as CEO of Crate and Barrel. Adrian Mitchell, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, has assumed interim leadership of the specialty retailer. A search has already begun for a permanent CEO, according to a Crate and Barrel statement. Bopp joined Crate and Barrel in 2009 as chief operating officer.More »

Last updated: August 6, 2014

Updates to—More to Come

BENTONVILLE, Ark.-The site will be getting some “substantial updates” over the next few months, according to Ben Galbraith, vice president of global products for Walmart global e-commerce. In a story posted on the site, Galbraith detailed the changes already made to the site, along with the changes to come. “We’ve revised the site fromMore »

Last updated: August 6, 2014

Aaron’s Allen to Retire

Ron Allen

ATLANTA-Ron Allen, CEO of Aaron’s, will retire on Aug. 31. On that date, the 72-year-old Allen will also leave his post on the retailer’s board of directors. The board has retained Spencer Stuart, an executive recruiting firm, to assist in the search for Allen’s successor. According to an Aaron’s statement, “The search process will includeMore »

Last updated: August 6, 2014