Pier 1 Q3 Net Plummets on Higher Costs

Pier 1

FORT WORTH, Texas-Rising expenses from various sources sent Pier 1 Imports’ third-quarter net income into a 33.3 percent tailspin, to $17.9 million. Higher costs for fulfillment resulting from increased e-commerce sales played a part in shaving gross margin by 110 basis points, to 42.3 percent. Selling, general and administrative expenses rose 7.8 percent in dollarsMore »

Last updated: December 19, 2014

Target’s Carl Upped as Retailer Sets New Executive Roles

Casey Carl

MINNEAPOLIS-Casey Carl, Target’s president of omnichannel and senior vice president of strategy, has been promoted to chief strategy and innovation officer as part of a number of executive realignments within the mass-merchant retailer. As part of this move, Carl leads Target’s newly created center of excellence, with a goal to strengthen its data, analytics andMore »

Last updated: December 19, 2014

NY Now Eco Choice Awards Finalists Picked

Eco Choice Award

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.-Thirty finalists will compete for NY Now’s 11th annual Eco Choice Awards. The finalists will compete in one of three award categories: most innovative, most sellable and most sensitive use of materials. Online voting for the winners began on Dec. 12 and will continue through Jan. 9 on The winners will beMore »

Last updated: December 19, 2014

Home Part of Planned Expansion of Calvin Klein E-Commerce

Calvin Klein Home to Debut Spring Rug Collection

NEW YORK-Calvin Klein Inc. has begun a strategy to expand its e-commerce offerings on, an effort that will encompass its Calvin Klein Home licensed offerings along with its apparel, accessories and fragrances. This initiative, already anchored by the relaunch of the company’s digital flagship in the United States, presents Calvin Klein’s international websites, customizedMore »

Last updated: December 19, 2014

Bloggers Give Boost to Mud Pie Social Media Campaign

Mud Pie

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga.-Five popular bloggers are collaborating with gift maker Mud Pie on the company’s new social media campaign. Through Mud Pie’s online ambassador program, which began with the start of the 2104 holiday shopping season, the bloggers serve as an additional Mud Pie resource for specialty retailers and department stores, helping spot new trendsMore »

Last updated: December 19, 2014

Zilinskas Leaves Meyer; Johnston Named Managing Director

Darrin Johnston

VALLEJO, Calif.—Jay Zilinskas has left Meyer Corporation U.S. after more than 20 years to pursue other opportunities, the company said. He will be succeeded as managing director by Darrin Johnston, currently senior vice president of sales for Meyer, U.S., effective Jan. 1. Johnston will report to Mitchell Loring, president of Meyer Corporation U.S. “Jay wasMore »

Last updated: December 18, 2014

Foremost Groups Launching Furniture Line at Las Vegas Market


LAS VEGAS–Foremost Groups is launching an indoor furniture brand called Craft + Main at the Las Vegas Winter Market scheduled for Jan. 18-22. Craft + Main marks the first time Foremost Groups—a direct manufacturing company—will launch a full line of case goods under its own brand. “Our goal with Craft + Main was to takeMore »

Last updated: December 18, 2014

Generation Brands Hires Mark Gorog as New Head of Customer Service

Mark Gorog

SKOKIE, Ill.—Generation Brands, the parent company of Feiss-Monte Carlo, LBL Lighting, Sea Gull Lighting and Tech Lighting, has appointed Mark Gorog as the new director of customer service. Most recently, Gorog was director of customer service for Protective Life Corporation, where he directed all customer service support functions and led the design and implementation ofMore »

Last updated: December 18, 2014