Gururgram, Haryana, India, 2022-Jul-01 — /EPR Network/ — Even though the occasion of Raksha Bandhan is more than three months away, the Indian gifting giant, FlowerAura, has started its preparations with an official announcement right away.
The gifting brand makes Raksha Bandhan shopping easy for the customers as it serves gifts, return gifts, different types of rakhis, sweets, designer rakhi thalis, and combos through its online portal. There are brothers and sisters who don’t get to meet each other in person on the special festive occasion, and that’s when FlowerAura makes things easy for them. Not just one can buy Floweraura rakhi but can also choose from the plethora of rakhi varieties which are hard to find in the market elsewhere. From exploring rakhis and gifts to sending them to the preferred address, everything is taken care of by FlowerAura’s team.
Early preparations are a part of the business strategy that aims to go beyond the expectations of the customers. All the Raksha Bandhan products get delivered through prompt delivery services. “The team is getting connected with local artisans around the nation to get the new and unique rakhi designs and, in return, to help local artisans grow. A lot of focus from the early preparations is laid upon the deliveries and to expand the limit of delivery as many orders around the occasion.”, as per the official announcement.
FlowerAura is also adding more foreign countries where the deliveries can be made of Raksha Bandhan. Ordering rakhi gifts for brother gets easier being miles apart through online gifting options.
In a media conversation, Mr Himanshu Chawal, CEO of FA Gifts Pvt Ltd, said, “We are getting ready early this year as we want to go beyond expectations and want to go above the business numbers of all the previous years. Keeping customer satisfaction on top and making it possible to express emotions perfectly are the key-driven elements.”
NEW YORK, 2022-Apr-01 — /EPR Network/ — There are many, many watches around that, besides having a smooth design, also carry a high, high price tag. As a consequence, people are wary. Are all great-looking watches so pricey? Well, no. The great-looking, affordable watches from China are definitely not as pricey but just as stylish.
In fact, if you are looking to add one or several great-looking affordable watches from China to your collection, then look no further than Megalith. Our curated selection of only the most stylish yet, affordable timepieces is ideal for the fashion-savvy young man of today.
Rest assured that there are a lot of stylish watches out there, and you don’t have to go broke in order to get one. However, you might ask yourself: are affordable watches from China really any good? Well, yes, and allow us to tell you why:
The Switzerland-China Watch Connection Unbeknown to most, the cheap labor costs China is known for can make for some pretty awesome watches. See, it’s an open secret that most of the Swiss watchmakers get some key parts from Asia, mostly China, for cost-efficiency.
However, the fact that they do so does not prevent them from slapping the ‘Swiss-made’ label into the finished product. Why? Simply because a Swiss law mandates that industrial products, which watches are, need to be 60% Swiss.
To be more specific, 60% of the total cost and assembly of them need to happen within Switzerland. That means that manufacturers can get some parts from elsewhere and assemble them in-house just fine. Said law, however, is not all-encompassing and leaves plenty of room to wiggle.
For example, some manufacturers do outsource as much of the manufacturing process as they can to China when demand is high. They need only to fulfill the key in-house requirement for the final assembly, and they will still retain the right to say the product is ‘Swiss-made.’
On the Chinese side of the question, however, things are more interesting. Since brands regularly outsource to China and outsource larger and larger amounts of work pretty often, Chinese watchmakers are learning.
Just like with electronics, Chinese watches have, over time, been getting better and better. This is how the industry got quality, stylish and affordable watches from China.
Affordable watches from China Let’s say that you are a young man who is very fashion conscious. You know that clothes do not make the man, but they can surely make the man stand out. There are few things that can make a great first impression or command respect from onlookers than dressing fine.
One problem, though: dressing fine does cost a bit, and if you are just starting out in the real world, chances are, you can’t afford it yet. Or can you? At least when it comes to watches, you need not break the bank in order to add something stylish to your outfit.
A well-dressed man is a man that commands respect from those around him; people tend to take them more seriously. That is something you can use for when you are just starting out.
Traditionally, high-end watches were the go-to for young men wanting to look great. However, their soaring prices might have you putting off buying one until much later in life. Luckily there’s an extensive selection of affordable watches from China that are just as stylish.
The fact is that Swiss watchmakers have been gradually outsourcing for decades to Chinese factories. So, Chinese factories now know how to make watches just stylish and, conveniently, less pricey.
While they might lack the precious stones and rare metals that make high-end watches fetch obscene prices, they make for it in style.
As such, no matter which kind of outfit you are choosing for the day, there’s more than one nice-looking Chinese timepiece to go with it. And, again, you won’t even remotely have to go broke to purchase several of them for each occasion.
The Made in China Label In the west particularly, there has been a stigma written largely around the made-in-China label. Namely, that its synonym of shoddy quality. Not without its reasons, Asia and China specifically used to have a bad reputation for counterfeiting.
Often, the western market would flood with large quantities of goods that were suspiciously cheap. The reason for that was that their quality was questionable at best. Among those goods were, yes, watches. By the later 20th century, however, that began to change.
Due to the sweeping economic reforms taking place around the country, China gave its first step into becoming the manufacturing center of the world. In hindsight, it might seem like an obvious thing to happen but not so much at the time.
It was a bold gamble that paid off, and it took the untold amounts of sweat and hard work of millions upon millions. Fast forward to today, and you will be hard-pressed to find one item, either mechanical or electronic, that does not feature some parts made in China.
Seriously, do a little digging around your favorite brands, and it’s bound to turn up that at least two of their suppliers are from China. And, yes, that does include watchmaking brands. Famous Swiss watchmaking brands are also in on it. Their participation also plays a large role in making affordable watches from China possible.
Swiss Watchmaking Before and After The Swiss watchmaker industry has long been pretty much a national source of pride. Exactly around 481 years long tradition at this time and a source of pride probably for that much longer as well.
When the industry began, and for most of its existence, it was a craftmanship-based occupation. Meaning the craft master built himself the parts that went into the watch. They would occasionally take in apprentices and teach them the ropes to have them become assistants.
Such it happens with all craftmanship-based industry around the time; it was an in-house national industry pretty much completely. A Swiss watchmaker made the parts and assembled the watch, which they could later commercialize.
The fact of the matter is that producing a single timepiece was a very labor-intensive, time-consuming, and demanding job, as well. That remained the case until the industrial revolution introduced machinery into the mix.
Factories could help mass produce timepieces on the scale at previously unimaginable speed. Of course, it came with a trade-off. Not all workers would develop a Swiss watchmaker level of skill. Nor did they need to since machinery produced functional, good enough watch parts easily.
As watches became more common, enthusiasts were no longer content with just any run-of-the-mill watch. They wanted something unique, and thus, the luxury watch industry came to be.
The reasoning behind it was simple: use the best available materials and craftsmanship to create distinctive and pricier timepieces. For that, they needed rarer materials which, thanks to the soaring international trading of the 20th century, they could get easily.
This was the start of globalization and, in a way, the birth of the industry that is the affordable watches from China.
How Swiss Watches Paved the Way for Affordable watches from China The opening of the Chinese economy was a success because of something called the cost of labor. See, developed countries have a higher standard of living, which means, among other things, that things like utilities and basic services tend to be pricier. That it’s the cost of living and in order for a worker to keep up with it salaries need be higher.
That it’s not an issue for developing countries which China pretty much was back in 1989. Basic services in China could not be as pricier as, say, the United States. The economy was not there yet. What China had in spades was a massive pool of working-age population that, again, did not need yet to command high wages.
That means that Chinese labor was far cheaper than most western labor. Thus, it was a no-brainer decision for brands to take advantage of the opening of the Chinese economy. Setting up shop in China for manufacturing or relying on Chinese factories to source from fast became the norm.
It ultimately meant a welcomed cost reduction for businesses. Something which in an ever-expanding global economy it’s something all brands aspire to. Even Swiss watchmaking brands.
See, ‘Swiss watches’ have long been the gold standard in quality for the watchmaking industry. But what makes a watch Swiss? More specifically, how much of it need to actually come from Switzerland?
According to an ordinance by Switzerland’s Federal Council dated 29 December, 1971 they needed to be 60% Swiss. To expound: for industrial goods, 60% of the manufacturing costs and important manufacturing steps must happen inside Switzerland. That was the minimum requirement for a watch, which is an industrial product, to be ‘Swiss-made.’ This ordinance, however, it’s a bit lax.
Swiss Watches (partially) Made in China The fact of the matter is that the demands of the 60% ordinance no longer required all parts to be Swiss produced. That, realistically speaking, would be impossible for most brands and cost-prohibitive for even the biggest brands. Thus, it gives leeway to manufacturers to source some key parts from elsewhere.
One of the favorite parts of the world for Swiss manufacturers to source from just so happens to be, you guessed it, China. Since the 1970s, the Swiss watchmaking industry’s biggest open secret has been its sourcing of parts from Asia.
Cases, crowns, hands, dials, and even watchbands and covering glass. Swiss watchmakers can legally get those parts from China and elsewhere in Asia. Given that they still take care of providing the watch movements and assembling in-house, they can still pretty much call the final product ‘Swiss-made.’
Although a few lawmakers and even fewer watchmakers call into question the alleged loopholes of the law, the industry is not stopping. Watchmakers from the top brands still source key parts of their product from the outside.
Competitive Swiss watchmaking brands take it one step further. In order to remain competitive as a budget brand, they seek to source and outsource to and from China as much as possible.
From getting most finished part from there and/or getting components of important parts to Switzerland to later assemble there. This kind of complex manufacturing schedule it’s what allows Swiss budget brands to remain in business without dropping the ‘Swiss-made’ label.
Finally, at times of high demand, some big brands pretty much outsource most of the manufacturing work to Chinese factories. Those Chinese factories have been getting better and better at it due to the vast amount of work said Swiss brands heap upon them.
What The Future Holds for The Swiss and Chinese Watchmaking Industries An interesting situation unfolded in 2020. Due to the restrictive measures required in Switzerland due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lots of Swiss manufacturers stopped or deescalated operations. But that was not the case in China.
Several factories remained open by adopting protective sanitary measures, and the Swiss brands took notice of it in two ways. First, they either outsourced, increased manufacturing to China, and/or shifted to opening more stores in mainland China.
The second represents an interesting choice. See, Chinese consumers love to do purchase tourism. They go abroad and buy non-essential things like watches. However, most of the global tourism saw a downturn during 2020. Chinese buyers, a significant source of revenue for said brands, were not able to buy from them. As such, they opened stores in mainland China to make it easy for them to buy.
Both actions were favorable for the affordable watches from China part of the industry:
They had access to the latest models.
An ever-growing digital economy allowed them to sell their affordable brands at home and abroad to the enthusiast that wanted in on the fashion but were conscious about their wallets.
In short, despite the obstacles, the watchmaking industry remains in business, and the stylish, affordable watches from China are just getting started.
Megalith Watches Speaking of affordable watches from China, there are few brands that can do better for you than Megalith.
As a brand, we proudly focus on providing for the young man of today that is just making his way into the world. We know just how difficult it is to make an impression these days, but we are sure that looking fine it’s a big step to it.
Since most starting young men tend to lack the funds to match their lofty ambitions, we proudly put forward for them stylish yet, affordable watches. We showcase the kind of curated selection of affordable watches from China that, no matter your style, has something for you.
All of our watches come with a warranty, and our expansive selection allows us to humbly call ourselves ‘the mature men’s first watch.’
Suppose you are a man of today looking to turn heads with your style without breaking the bank; Megalith, it’s here for you. You can swing by our shop to see which of our watches will compliment your style. https://www.megalithwatch.com/
NEW YORK, 2022-Mar-17 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — Among all of our carefully curated selection of timepieces we proudly showcase to offer you the cream of the crop among masculine, stylish watches, one definitively stands out.
Our signature 8212 quartz men watch with stainless steel band is one step ahead in both elegance and functionality from your average watch.
Aside from having its internal composition made with top-of-the-line modern watchmaking craftsmanship and featuring a quartz crystal-powered design, it packs an extra layer of masculinity in it.
Its design’s a tribute to the watches worn by fighter aces and commanders of the sky. Men of unparalleled skill for which precision was everything and the tools they needed at their disposal could not be anything but.
As such, the 8212 quartz men watch with stainless steel band offers one of the most precise, if not the most precise, time-telling display on his face. To not even begin to mention its confident, elegant design, which combines both the timeless elegance of analog timepieces of yore. On top of that, it also, of course, has all the features a jet pilot needs for and visually showcases all the imposing aesthetics those features imply.
All in all, every aforementioned feature makes up for an iconic design exuberating both style and confidence. Not for nothing, it has become a flagship, and iconic piece Megalith Watches proudly offers to our distinguished clientele.
The 8212 Quartz Men Watch with Stainless Steel Band Features Precision is the name of the game with the 8212 models. Since its imposing design does include extra features a jet pilot is thankful for, nubile watch aficionados might be intimidated by it. Thus, in order for you to take full advantage of the possibilities this particular design affords you, let’s break down such features.
The 8212 Quartz Men Watch with Stainless Steel Band Features a Chronograph Do not let yourself get intimidated by the name chronograph, more colloquially known as ‘stopwatch.’ It’s simply one very intuitive feature of watches that, although making it look more complex, makes its use surprisingly easier.
In simple terms, a chronograph is a type of watch with additional dials on its face used to more precisely keep track of elapsed time. It typically has two or three separate dials, one of which tracks minutes, another which tracks hour, and a third which may track seconds either continuously or in intervals.
You do this by using the chronograph’s stopwatch function, which allows the user to time intervals or measure elapsed time.
To use a chronograph, start by pressing a button to activate the timer. Then begin timing whatever it is you are trying to measure. When finished, press the button again to stop the timer. The time elapsed remains displayed on the dials.
Chronographs often see use by athletes, surgeons, and, of course, pilots and other professionals who need to keep track of time intervals. They are also a feature of scientific experiments wherein measuring time is crucial. In short, the chronograph makes for a more precise measurement of time for professionals and, thus, surely will help you to keep track of it as well.
A Dash of a Fighter Jet Dashboard in Its Design Reminiscent of a jet dashboard, the 8212 quartz men watch with stainless steel band features a chronograph on its clockface. More commonly referred to as ‘those other three little clocks within the clock,’ a chronograph is another practical and visually appealing feature of watches with more functionalities.
Each of the extra faces is there to display a different measure of chronological timekeeping for extra precision. You will almost always find one tiny clock face to display the sixty minutes that make up an hour. They are often displayed in a wheel showing the numbers ’60’, ’20’, and ’40’ clockwise from the top in that order. In order to differentiate it from the other faces of similar size, the minutes’ clockface has concentric ripple-like circles within it.
Another one of its faces is, of course, all about charting the sixty seconds that make up a minute in order to track them. The clock face showcases the numbers ’60’, ’15’, ’30’, and ’45’ spread out clockwise from the top.
Lastly, the other face of the trio that makes up the chronograph showcases the twenty-four hours of the day. Showcasing the numbers’ 24′, ‘6’, ’12’, and ’18’ clockwise when looked from the top, the wheel instantly tells what hour of the day currently is. The design of the circle itself is rather bare, not even featuring a frame. Instead, it had one clock hand that stands out very well from the rest of the design for easy tracking.
As a stylish little nod to the aforementioned jet dashboard design theme, in the hour displaying chronograph, there’s a jetliner. The jetliner’s nose, highlighted in red, acts as the arrow pointing to what hour of the day it is.
8212 Quartz Men Watch with Stainless Steel Band Features a Tachymeter A tachymeter is a tool used to measure the speed of an object, and it does this by measuring the time it took for said object to travel a certain distance. Said time measure can then go into use for calculating the speed of the object measured.
Tachymeters are a fairly common feature of watches; they are popular with race drives and also pilots, who use them to measure ground speeds during takeoff and landing.
The 8212 Quartz Men Watch with Stainless Steel Band’s Tachymeter As is the case with most wristwatches featuring a tachymeter, the 8212 quartz men watch with stainless steel band’s one lays on its rim. Etched on the ‘rim’ of the lock, the circular frame in which the clock sits inside of the tachymeter is the numbers written on it. Said numbers run counter clock-wisely from 60 up to 700 with differently spaced intervals between them.
The tachymeter is just an extra scale that can help you measure both time and speed. To use it, just start the chronograph to measure the object or event you seek to measure and stop once done. The clock’s second hand will point out to both the seconds marked inside the clock and to the distance marked on the tachymeter, usually represented in miles.
Besides the obvious advantage the tachymeter affords for time measuring, it also has aesthetic value. The numbers etched around the rim of the 8212 quartz men watch with stainless steel band give it an air of complexity hard to replicate for more plain watches.
The 8212s Quartz Men Watch with Stainless Steel Band A Megalith Staple As mentioned before, the 8212 quartz men watch with stainless steel band is one of our signature timepieces at Megalith. And just like the rest of our timepieces, we are proud of being able to offer them to the mature, up and coming man of today at an affordable price.
Regardless of the fact that our watches both look and function just like pricey high-end brands, we are able to offer them at a considerably lower rate. Our access to the most skillful watchmaker in Guangdong, the watchmaking capital of the world, makes this possible.
Through our sourcing of the very same parts high-end brands use for their timepieces at a lower cost, we can make sure you can get a watch of the same quality with less stress in your bank account.
Regardless of how much of an up and comer you are as a mature me of today, we can surely offer you a stylish timepiece at an affordable rate. Not for nothing, we like to call our timepieces ‘the mature men’s first watch.’ Feel free to shop around to find yours as well. https://megalithwatch.com/
GUANGZHOU, GUANG DONG, China, 2022-Mar-3 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — Health is wealth, as we all know. Staying mentally fit is as important as staying physically fit. Physical beauty is only a bonus that you can enjoy if you are healthy. The health and beauty sector is a growing business today, because many people have become aware of the importance of staying healthy and fit. Many online and physical stores are filled with health and wellness products to woo their customers.
If you are looking for high-quality, affordable and unique health and beauty products, Hotcakeshop is a good place to visit. This brand understands its customers’ preferences perfectly, and has stocked some of the most useful products that are sure to leave you impressed. While the makeup products available here help accentuate your beauty, the wellness products help you lead a comfortable lifestyle.
Massage slippers, for instance, provide pressure points to keep your toes relaxed while walking or resting. Besides correcting the posture, these slippers also help to tone your calf muscles. The design, fit and color of these slippers are unique – a trademark feature of all products available at Hotcakeshop. You can find something for all age groups on this site.
At Hotcakeshop you will find a wide range of products that will make you beautiful on the inside and the outside. Pregnant women, who find difficulty breathing, can benefit immensely from the maternity belly bands available here. It takes off the pressure at the pelvis and lower hip regions, thereby helping to get rid of the back pain that soon-to-be-mothers experience. One of the unique products that you will come across in this section is the black obsidian bracelets that are designed specifically to treat lymph drainage issues. These help to remove blockage in the lymph nodes, thereby reducing instances of swelling and inflammation.
Hotcakeshop aims to provide health, beauty and magnificence to its customers through each of its products in the “health and beauty” category. Like all other products from the brand, these, too, come with a 30-day money-back guarantee, which speaks volumes about the quality of products sold here.
Some of the top items in the health and beauty section of Hotcakeshop are:
About Hotcakeshop Hotcakeshop is an online store selling some of the most unique collections of products that will cater to the needs of men, women, kids, gardens, pets, households and more. The company is located in Shanghai, China; however, it delivers products across the country, as it has partnered with specialized warehouses across the USA and China. Hotcakeshop offers free delivery to anywhere in the world, for orders over $50.
With its hassle-free payment and order tracking processes, Hotcakeshop provides a great experience for its customers, as it has been doing since its inception in 2017. The brand keeps adding to its inventory every month, in a bid to offer specialized and creative solutions for its customers in each and every category. The Hotcakeshop team promises customers affordable and high-quality products every time they shop here. For more details, you can visit their website.
NEW YORK, 2022-Feb-20 — /EPR Network/ — The 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band’s look is one of timeless elegance. For at least five decades now, stainless steel watches managed to remain in fashion due to both durability and style.
Unlike older watches that preferred using leather bands for fastening, stainless steel bands guaranteed a more durable, more aesthetic look. Within its case, also made from stainless steel, the 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band features the aforementioned chronograph.
Thus, adding additional measures of time by having three little extra dials dedicated to measuring milliseconds, seconds, and minutes.
However, the one thing that strikes you about the 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band immediately once you glance upon its looks. With a silvery color due to the fact that its primary material is stainless steel, the piece evokes a classy appearance typical of watches of the 1970s.
The overall very stainless-steel-looking appearances of watches started prevailing in the 70s. However, we’ve been using stainless steel in watchmaking for much longer than that. How long, you ask?
Stainless Steel and Watchmaking: When Did It Happen? Way before the appearance of the 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band, the watchmaking industry was comfortably riding a wave of manufacturing based on precious metals. Around the 1920s, gold and silver watches were the norm. It might sound shocking for people nowadays. After all, they are still luxury items as of today.
But back then, manufacturers did prefer to make their watches based on those metals mainly because of their high levels of malleability. As such, it was relatively easier to shape the metals into the shape of the many, many little pieces that made up their watches.
Also, the fact that they looked distinctively luxurious and fashionable couple with people at the time having relative financial abundance indeed contributed to their popularity. All of that changed with the 1929 wall street crash, which was the beginning of the financial depression, better known as the great depression.
Soon, people were very reluctant to spend on non-essential items due to widespread financial uncertainty. As such, watches made from silver and gold had to be the last thing on their mind, one can infer. As a result, manufacturers saw a dramatic downturn in demand for said watches.
However, military tension building up somewhere else in the world and protracted economic recovery in the factories meant people still needed watches. That presented a challenge. The average consumer was not willing to spend much on a watch made from precious metals. They only wanted the watch for practical purposes, its functionalities so that it could help them in their day-to-day work for a long time.
As such, they needed a watch that was relatively inexpensive and, preferably, reasonably durable or able to withstand rough treatment. Soon, they came up with an answer: using stainless steel as a base material for their watches.
Stainless Steel as A Watchmaking Material During the 1920s, stainless was already a material used in watchmaking, albeit sparsely and only for models of specific use. Pilot, scientists, divers, and railroad workers commonly used models made from stainless steel due to their durability. However, such models were occupation-specific and often were very bulky to the point of seeming impractical to day-to-day wearing.
Watchmakers at the time also had tremendous difficulties working with steel, which was considerably less malleable than gold and silver. Manufacturing techniques at the time didn’t help either.
Thus, they simply preferred to buy the latter metals, however more expensive they were, in order to keep productions levels high. This is the reason why, behind its many advantages, the industry relegated stainless steel as a second-tier manufacturing material.
Soon, those techniques became well known even for watchmakers. As a result, both the technique and equipment to better work the material became commonplace rather quickly, as did its use in watchmaking.
Little by little, stainless steel watches ascended from almost workwear exclusive to everyday fashion. Thus, setting the stage for the production of much better-looking watches like the 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band.
Advantages Of Using Stainless Steel as A Material Due to its nature, stainless steel as a particular material offers a few advantages over more common, less refined metals. Here are some of the advantages of using steel as a material in watchmaking:
As a material, stainless steel is notably durable and able to withstand a lot of wear and tear on its own. So, watches made from it, like the 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band, are pretty much able to handle rough situations well.
On top of that, the material has the advantage of being exceptionally resistant to the forces of corrosion. Unlike iron, stainless steel is much less prone to rusting after extensive contact with oxygen and moisture. In short, your 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band is likely to look good for a long time and under a lot of conditions.
Unlike gold and silver, the former preferred metals involved in watchmaking, stainless steel is affordable, very affordable in comparison. Thus, making it a very popular choice for those budget-conscious consumers, especially if they want a watch for purely practical purposes.
However odd, it is also possible to stumble upon a timepiece majorly composed of stainless steel that’s pricier than a golden one. In that case, it is likely a luxury model, and the craftsmanship that went into making it does sometimes tally to a higher price. Still, most stainless-steel watches are not expensive at all.
One standout feature of stainless-steel timepieces it’s that they almost always do look very elegant. Aesthetic choices of the manufacturer aside, this is in grand part due to the seamlessness of the material.
There’s something definitively pleasing about the sleek, silvery, clean look timepiece like the 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band has. Guaranteed to bode well with both business and casual outfits.
Megalith’s Stainless Steel Watches As the company that proudly considers itself ‘the first stylish watch of the mature man’, Megalith watches does offer a curated selection of stylish stainless steel watches.
As such, and due to our privileged location near Guangzhou, the watchmaking capital of the world, we are able to provide high-quality-tier models affordably. Rather than having men spend too much on a watch when trying to assert their style, we instead offer them the same quality at a lower cost.
If you’ve ever thought of complimenting your personal style with a great-looking watch, but the price tag stopped you cold in your tracks, fear no more.
Megalith watches offers you a reliably affordable selection of the most elegant timepieces, like the 8388M chronograph watch with stainless steel band and more, much more. Shop around and affordably find your style at Megalith. megalithwatch.com/
Xuchang, Henan, China, 2021-Oct-12 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — UNice Hair, a well-known virgin human hair brand, recently debuts a new arrival-FB30 hair weaves with lace closure to provide the trendy brown balayage hair with the customers. Once debuted in the market, the brown balayage hair bundles with lace closure rapidly capture the heart of customers and become the hot-selling product.
With the coming of Halloween, more and more girls choose to buy their favorite hair extensions and wigs as gifts to celebrate the festival. “There is no doubt that human hair bundles with lace closure are very popular hair types and used widely by more and more black girls. In order to give customers more options, we decide to launch this kind of FB30 hair weaves with lace closure. We sincerely hope that these UNice hair bundles with lace closure can give consumers a natural look and make them feel value for money.” The CEO of UNice Hair, Yunlong Hua meant.
First of all, the brown balayage hair bundles with lace closure are all made of 100% virgin human hair and excellent for melting with natural hair. When properly installed, people can’t tell the difference between hair bundles and natural hair and even think of them literally grow from the scalp. Besides, with these hair bundles and lace closure, customers can add extra texture and length to their hair for an ideal appearance. Of course, they can also be dyed, permed, bleached, highlighted, straightened, or styled like natural hair according to the need of consumers. And they are available for 8-30 inches and easy to wear, customers can change the hairstyle whenever and wherever they want. More importantly, customers can sew these hair bundles with lace closure into a lace wig as well, which is more affordable than directly purchasing a lace front wig.
In order to reduce the economic pressure of customers, UNice Hair also has many UNice coupon codes to help consumers save more money and spend less. And UNice Hair offers some Buy Now Pay Later Services, like Paypal, ZIP Quadpay, Sezzle, Afterpay, and Klarna. This allows customers to freely purchase what they need or want without too much budget. Just need to spilt the cost of their purchase into 4 or 3 interest-free payments and pay every 2 weeks.
About UNice Hair
UNice Hair, a professional supplier in the human hair field, always holds the view the customer is the heart of their brand and wins more and more support from customers and fans. And UNice Hair also will continue to work tirelessly to engage in rigorous research and product development in order to provide a wide variety of products with customers in the future.
Xuchang, Henan, China, 2021-JUNE-09 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — The UNice 2021 Mid-Year Shopping Festival is here! In the 2021 UNice Mid-Year sale, the company UNice hair is providing a huge discount, from June 6.10 to 6.18, it lasts for 8 days only.
UNice is a brand company on hair products, which can make sure the hair quality, 15 days no reason return if customers don’t satisfy about the package. The customer service hotline can help you solve problems you meet no matter before-sale, on-sale, and after-sale.
About UNice Mid Year sale
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JUNEAU, Alaska, 2020-Oct-13 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — What started out as a way to get his daily 10,000 steps, a local man hopes in the long run will change the course of dialog in America.
For 12 years during the cruise season, Robert Steinke has been coming to the Port in Juneau to greet cruise customers and welcome them aboard humpback whale watching excursions. With the pandemic in full swing, he still feels drawn to the Port and would visit frequently – focusing on his daily 10,000 step goal rather than greeting customers. These walks allowed for releasing some built up pandemic energy and passing the time listening to a little talk radio or podcasts.
It was during one of these daily walks while listening to various podcast’s that Robert was struck with an idea. “Sometimes on these call-in shows, things can get a bit heated,” stated Steinke, “then, one of the callers said ‘Why can’t we just bring back civility?’ I couldn’t get that thought out of my mind, I went to bed that night thinking about the idea of civility and how important that concept is to a democracy.” From that day at the Port, Steinke was inspired to help spread the idea of bringing back civility.
After chatting with his wife and doing some research, Steinke decided the best way to change the tone was for individuals to publicly share the concept of civility – almost brand themselves with the idea of ‘be civil’. So, Steinke launched the website BringBackCivility.com where individuals can brand themselves with the ideal of being civil to each other.
“We don’t have to agree on everything, or even anything, to be civil to each other. Being civil is really a choice,” stated Steinke. “This is just a simple way to remind ourselves and others to be kind and be civil to each other.” Since the launch of the website, the most popular items have been face masks and hats. Both come in a variety of colors and designs to suit everyone. “I like the face masks, they make a few different statements when you wear one,” stated Steinke.
The site will be up at least until the end of the year. Most gear will be shipped in 3-7 days and can be shipped worldwide. The company is also taking bulk orders from shops that are interested in carrying the line.
Emeryville, CA, U.S.A, 2020-Oct-02 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — Accents Inserts today announced the release of its new upgraded Version Two (V2) insoles. V2 improves upon the already existing line. This new and enhanced product brings you the same great core benefits from the first version; sweat-absorption, odor-elimination, patented adhesive technology and custom-shaped design. The newest addition is an added benefit of a stronger, more durable fabric that is still as ultra-thin as the original. The advantage of V2 updated fabric is that it can be worn for multiple days of activity.
“Evolving is the Goal,” Rachele Cazarez, CEO/Founder of Accents Inserts stated. “We always want to improve upon our products. I am continuously conducting research because I am striving to keep making Accents better. Since the product can now last longer it can increase the lifespan of shoes. We simplified our packaging, to make it more environmentally-friendly. We also make sure to source and manufacture all components of the supply chain within the United States; by doing so we lower our global footprint. We will continue to become a better company; improve as we focus on evolving.”
Accents V2 has increased its durability to impact the longevity of the product. This is great for active individuals. Now they do not need to worry about sweat buildup and slippage, foot odor buildup or dirty shoes. Plus, they do not have to slow down by having to cut them to size. They just insert them, then Accents can gather all the sizable unpleasantness that accumulates in their shoes while they are going about enjoying each day without having to worry about it.
Features and Benefits of Accents Inserts V2 include:
Sturdier fabric, this allows the inserts to last longer. Much research was put into testing to acquire the best quality fabric possible.
Colors for this new line are Midnight Black and Slate Gray.
Sustainability, to help with lowering its global footprint, Accents Inserts is sourcing and obtaining all of its materials in the USA . It is also utilizing manufacturers from the USA.
People will encounter the unpleasant part of an active life when they wear their shoes. Whether they have worn socks or not does not matter, they all have sweat, dirt and foot odor buildup in them. What they do not know is that they can now avoid this problem if they use a barrier between their feet/socks and the soles of their shoes. This is where Accents Inserts are found to be the answer to these problems by being that necessary barrier. These inserts gather up the sweat and offensive smell along with the dirt, which are then just lifted out and thrown away. Then next time they wear their shoes, inserting a new pair allows them a fresh start.
Accents Inserts V2 are available in colors Midnight Black and Slate Gray. The additional benefit is that the upgraded quality fabric enhances the life of shoes for everyone by helping prolong their use.
Emeryville, CA, U.S.A., 2020-Apr-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Accents Inserts have been found to remove sweat bacteria from shoes. This buildup creates odor that is then spread onto shoes and feet. These insoles extract this accumulation from the soles of shoes preventing continued growth of bacteria. It is unhygienic when people continue reusing their shoes barefoot. Removing the sweat that holds the bacteria causing the smell is beneficial to ending this issue. Accents Inserts are patented replaceable shoe liners acting as a barrier designed to help people overcome their concern with having bacteria buildup and odor in their shoes.
Rachele Cazarez, Founder and CEO, expresses that, “This product will answer several issues we all face while going about our daily routines.” She points out that, “We all deal with the problems of sweat, bacteria and odor buildup in our shoes. Sweat also causes our feet to slide around in shoes and even squeak when we walk.” She goes on to state that, “These all cause discomfort and embarrassment.” She wants it noted that her invention has been designed with care and assembled with quality materials to combat growth of sweat, bacteria and odor in shoes.
The facts show that there are 250,000 sweat glands in the average pair of feet. These cause feet to excrete a half-pint of sweat per day. This then leads to bacteria and odor that increase in a shoe and multiply with each use. Having a barrier like Accents Inserts absorb these, which are then disposed of and replaced with a fresh pair, has been found to be a welcome answer to stopping this accumulation. Continued replacement of the shoe liners makes it feel like a clean new pair of shoes each time they are worn. Accents Inserts are leading people to look at a better answer to an age-old problem that affects everybody.
New York, NY, 2019-Oct-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Spooky Season is upon us, which means two things for me; binge-watching Hocus Pocus and Halloween!
But with Halloween comes the age old question, what am i going to wear? It’s the one time out of the year where you can go all out, whether you’re serving looks or serving spooks, Halloween is Christmas for Jack Skellington and some creative fans! But as someone who wears glasses and doesn’t enjoy wearing contacts, it can be hard to find the right costume where my glasses actually makes sense with the character!
Every year finding the perfect costume is a real struggle it’s always the same dilemma and every year I hear the same rambling of ideas “I want to wear something sexy, but like also something scary that shows off my curves but also covers me up and just something that breathes but is also really heavy but it HAS to be creative but also really simple…” Someone who ends up going as a sexy cat.
But Halloween shouldn’t be about looking sexy, I mean wow you’re going as a sexy nurse? No, a medical professional would know to put clothes on in this weather.
See? It’s just not realistic. But if spooky isn’t your thing, I’ve got you covered.
Instead the best looks are when you fully committed to the look, be the Meryl Streep of Halloween, as long as the final look is BEWITCHING!
Here are the top 6 Halloween costumes perfect for fellow glasses wearers:
Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, we recommend this pair of Anoushka Tom Ford to have your own Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The iconic rocket man, Sir Elton John. Get this Spitfire Hype Gold/ Red Mirror pair and be ready to make some tiny dancer moves.
Our favorite wizard Harry Potter, buy the Emerson by SmartBuy collection.
John Lennon, this round Polaroid come in every color. Just need to find your other 3 beatles.
Hop on the mystery machine and put this SmartBuy collection Polly to get Velma’s look.
Wear the timeless Ray-Ban wayfarer and get some Campbelle’s soup … Voila Andy Warhol.
Hopefully you’ve found some costume inspiration here, they’re not spooky but I guaranteed you will turn a few heads. Find all this eyewear options at Smartbuyglasses.com and get the Halloween special offer on glasses, not only for your costume but your daily wear.
DUBLIN, 2019-Oct-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Universal Pen recently redesigned and relaunched its French website from www.penseurope.com/fr/ to www.pens.com/fr/. French customers will notice that the domain is not the only change to note as the website now has a brand new modern design that is easy to use. Through the revival of its website, Universal Pen aims to provide better services to its customers by making the ordering process more intuitive, ensuring that ordering personalized promotional products becomes faster, easier and more convenient than before!
The relaunched website includes enhanced tools and options for customers to search and filter products by color, material, and price, making it the perfect search for a promotional product to promote your business. The French site remains the last one to be put back online so that Universal Pen can continue to best meet the needs of its customers online. The company plans to improve and redesign all of its sites globally in order to host them on the pens.com domain around the end of the year. Universal Pen is a brand owned by Cimpress, combining low prices directly from the factory, excellent customer service and a wide range of fully customizable color products to ensure that small and medium-sized businesses can afford to promote themselves in a professional and profitable way.
DUBLIN, 2019-Oct-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — National Pen launches the new Italian website now available at www.pens.com/it/ which will completely replace the previous one www.penseurope.com/it/. The change of domain is not the only change that will be noticed by Clients but it is a new site completely renewed both from a graphic and a technical point of view. The navigation will be very simple and the ordering and personalization process will be just a click away. The site has been optimized to buy easily from any device, quickly, easily and wherever you are.
The New Site includes features that will simplify the search for the perfect gadget as a filter to organize the search based on color, material or budget that meets the needs of customers. The New Site is born from the care that National Pen places towards its customers, giving proper attention to their needs and offering solutions. The launch of the Italian Site is one of the important steps in this renewal process that will involve all the other countries in the world where National Pen has been operating for over 50 years. National Pen, a brand acquired by Cimpress, a world leader in customization, offers a wide range of promotional products that can be customized at factory prices and provides customers with an excellent Assistance Service. National Pen deals with small and medium-sized companies that want to promote their business by relying on professionals to maximize the results of their advertising investments.
LONDON, 2019-Aug-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — For businesses that are looking to print large quantitiesof pens for a marketing campaign, Camaloon offers BiC pens that fit the purpose and don’t break the bank. These pens are perfect for printing the company logo in either one-colour or full-colour.
Camaloon’s range also includes elegant Parker pens, which when engraved makes an excellent gift to executives or important clients. The engraving is produced with a laser, which creates a detailed and durable result with a luxurious finish.
Apart from laser engraving, there are many more printing techniques that the company utilizes when creating personalised products. Each product is specifically paired with a printing technique that ensures the best possible result.
The various techniques include full-colour digital printing, which allows for logos to show their true colours in vivid clarity, and Screen printing, where a mesh screen is created for each design and then used as a template over which the ink is swiped across. This last one creates the print on the surface of the pens in the desired design or pattern.
TOKYO, JAPAN, 2019-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The new Double Mesh Metal Dripper by HARIO does not require a paper filter. The double layer, stainless steel filter is carefully etched (not pressed), trapping the coffee grounds inside while allowing the coffee oils to slowly pour through the filter and collect on the surface of the coffee. These oils give your coffee body, flavor, and a deep aroma.
You can use this new dripper in the same way as you do the HARIO V60. Thanks to the scale marks on the inside, there is no need for a measuring spoon. Made solely of stainless steel, the filter is light, easy to use, and nearly unbreakable. It is also very useful outdoors. With Hario’s new Double Mesh Metal Dripper, you can enjoy a flavorable cup of coffee anywhere, anytime.
The flavor, aroma and strength of your coffee will change depending on your brew method, even if you use the same coffee beans. Your mood and feelings will also affect how you experience and enjoy your coffee. At HARIO, we aim to make brewing a cup of your favorite coffee an easy and familiar part of your daily life with our broad range of dripping utensils. Enjoy your coffee with the new dripper from HARIO.
For roughly 100 years, HARIO has proudly produced stylish coffee brewing equipment for a modern lifestyle.
*Etching process: At HARIO we make fine holes through our special metal processing technique instead of pressing the mesh.
TOKYO, JAPAN, 2019-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the spring of 2019, HARIO introduced a new coffee drop-off called SWITCH.
The brewing method can change the taste, aroma and strength of the coffee, even if it is brewed from the same beans. There are two basic ways to brew coffee. In one, the ground coffee is filtered with a device such as the V60. In this process, hot water is poured over the ground coffee several times at regular intervals. In the other method, the French Press or Siphon method, the ground coffee is dipped in hot water for a certain time, after which the coffee and ground coffee are separated ,
The SWITCH is easy to use. Put a paper filter in the dripper, pour water over the ground coffee and wait about 2 minutes. Then press the switch and the brewed coffee will run down.
An attractive feature of the SWITCH is the easy way to customize the brewing conditions. Simply vary the degree of grinding of the ground coffee and the brewing time to your taste.
The SWITCH offers the rich aroma of the French Press method with the clear taste of paper drop brewing, giving you the best of both brewing methods in a single dropper.
With the SWITCH you can always prepare coffee under the same brewing conditions. It will be a pleasure for you to compare the flavors of different coffee beans in this way.
With the SWITCH, HARIO will familiarize many customers with the infusion of coffee and introduce the excellent taste of the infused coffee.
PARIS, France, 2019-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Céline Dion, icône de la musique reconnue dans le monde, a fait une escale dans son premier concept store de vêtements CELINUNUNU, situé au 116 rue de Turenne à Paris le samedi 26 janvier 2019 au soir pendant qu’ elle était a paris pour la fashion week.
CELINUNUNU est une marque de prêt à porter, créée en novembre 2018 declinant une ligne de vetements unisexe pour enfants. Cette collection est le fruit de la marque NUNUNU créé en partenariat entre les stylistes Iris Adler et Tali Michberg et Céline, admiratrice de la marque NUNUNU depuis 10ans.
” Je suis tombée amoureuse de la marque de prêt a porter NUNUNU la première fois que j’ai acheté des vêtements pour mes enfants, et j’ai été l’une de leur plus grande fan depuis le premier jour. J’aime leur design, la qualité de leurs produits, le confort, et particulièrement le parfum”, dit Céline. ” Mes enfants aussi l’adorent. Au fil des années nous avons été approchés par tant de marque de vêtements d’enfants, mais j’ai dit à mon équipe , si nous devons faire quelque chose ce sera avec la marque NUNUNU. ”
Céline et la marque entrent en contact en 2017 et après 1 an de recherche, de planning, et de préparation les deux entités s’unissent pour créer cette nouvelle marque CELINUNUNU.
Celine Dion and NUNUNU launch their first pop-up shop for children’s fashion brand CELINUNUNU
PARIS, 2019-Jan-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — After the extremely favorable reception of the French public, CELINUNUNU – the children’s collection created by Celine Dion in partnership with the alternative children’s fashion brand nununu – will open its first pop-up store from the 26th to the 29th of January in Paris, France, during the PARIS KID WEEK.
Celebrity singer Celine Dion and stylists Iris Adler and Tali Milchberg, co-founders of the international children’s wear brand nununu, have joined forces to create CELINUNUNU. This new collection delivers children’s gender stereotypes and invites them to freely choose clothes that will reinforce their personality from an early age.
CELINUNUNU is convinced that fashion shapes the mind deeply by forging new concepts and thus has the power to change mentalities. The brand wants to give free rein to children’s creativity and imagination, stimulating the equality and flexibility of the mind, so that children can accept themselves as they are. She encourages children to be guided in their choices by their own, their true essence. CELINUNUNU wants to instil the idea that everything is possible for all of us.
Pop-up in Paris
CELINUNUNU was launched in November 2018. The pop-up shop in Paris, organized during PARIS KID WEEK, will be open to the public between 26th to the 29th of January 2019.
The store in Paris will offer the collection presented on www.celinununu.com, in addition to new styles to be launched in Paris.
The ellenlondon Studio SS2019 collection previews at International Couture Runway DC Fashion Week on September 23
Washington, D. C., 2018-Sep-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the introduction of her printemps/été 2019, Ellen London strives through her wearable art collection to emerge from the daily complex incongruities we experience and to rise from the ground with beauty and grace as does a flower – “de la sol une fleur doit grandir”.
Her collection challenges the audience to emerge with hope and possibilities from the shadowy confines of our internal and external walls, and to work towards inclusion rather than exclusion. Focusing on connection, understanding and respect, Ellen London translates these ideas through fabric art – utilizing vintage and new – textiles and techniques – from a myriad of global cultures and countries. Hand painted cities on palettes of silk, and designer felted pieces interpreting color and light are highlights of the collection.
The ellenlondon Studio SS2019 collection previews at the finale International Couture Runway at DC Fashion Week runway on September 23 2018.
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Ecofabrik announces an innovative profit growth program for fashion boutiques and retail apparel stores.
Oxnard, CA, 2018-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ecofabrik Organic Gear is introducing a unique partnering for profits co-op program for selected organic apparel boutiques and fashion retail stores. This is a rare opportunity and perhaps a unique concept where Ecofabrik assumes all upfront costs associated with product sourcing/purchasing, importing, and warehousing including shipping and handling of products to their partner resellers. Once the “reseller partner” has been selected and approved, agreed upon earth-friendly products will be placed in their store. All products will be retail ready with hang tags and barcode labels affixed. Retailers will scan and sell the merchandise and pay Ecofabrik once a month for what was sold after deducting a generous percentage of the MSRP as the retailer’s share. Ecofabrik will also pay for the S&H if the retailer needed to return/replace any merchandise. Basically, this is a great opportunity for selected retailers to increase their market share and maximize their profits without risking a dime of their own.
Ecofabrik believes that many organic apparel products made from Bamboo, Hemp, and Organic Cotton are imported into USA from China, India, Bangladesh and other Asian countries. This involves product sourcing, negotiating with foreign suppliers, shipping agents and working with US custom authorities and clearing agents. This is a painstaking process that requires special skills, substantial cash investment and is fraught with supply chain risks. “We have developed in-depth expertise in import business over the past ten years which allows us to bring fair trade, quality products into the US market in an efficient and cost-effective manner,” said Homer Dakaz, a managing partner of Ecofabrik. “We will be extending this competitive advantage to our “reseller partners” to help increase ours & their market share and profitability with zero investment and no risk on their part.”
Ecofabrik’s Marketing Manager; Joe Ecosapien is inviting green businesses to contact him to learn more about this exciting opportunity. While he is very confident about the success of this program, he remains cautious as to how it will be perceived by the business community. “Some store owners will dismiss this outright as a laughably simplistic business model. A few, however, will be willing to give it a go as an excellent business opportunity. We will carefully select only a few like-minded “reseller partners” from each state in the USA to ensure the success of the program. However, a basic requirement of joining the program is to own a brick & mortar store and good standing within the business community of their geographic retail market”, said Joe.
Only green businesses; fashion boutiques and retail stores that sell earth-friendly casual apparel for men and women need to contact. Ecofabrik deals only in products made of organic cotton, bamboo, hemp and other earth-friendly/sustainable fabrics. A collection of these products can be seen at their website; www.ecofabrik.com
LONDON, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer today (06 February 2018) announces the appointment of data science company, Starcount, as part of its ongoing programme of change under its five-year transformation plans. The partnership will help enhance customer understanding and insight through personalisation of M&S’ loyalty and CRM programmes including M&S’s Sparks Card.
Sparks, which currently has over 6 million members, is a key tool for customer insight and engagement and central to helping M&S become a digital-first retailer. Starcount, led by Edwina Dunn and Clive Humby, will utilise its pioneering and innovative approach and technology to map out customer passions in order to predict future buying behaviour.
Starcount’s appointment follows a Marketing Team restructure last month to ensure that the team is more closely aligned to the strategic priorities of the business. Marketing and customer engagement play a significant part in M&S’ transformation ensuring it is faster, more commercial and acutely focused on our customers.
Rob Weston who was appointed Marketing Director, Brand & Customer as part of the restructure, said: “I am really looking forward to working with Starcount in my new role. Sparks plays a huge part in helping with our transformation and having the best partners will enable us to focus on achieving a seamless experience for our customers.”
Edwina Dunn, CEO, Starcount, said: “We are delighted to be working with M&S and partnering with them on predicting their customers’ wants and needs. Starcount’s expertise is the science of purchase and intent, understanding the ‘why’ behind M&S customer purchases to help deliver growth, profitability as well as a seamless customer experience.”
Notes to Editors:
Making M&S Special
In November 2017 Marks & Spencer set out a transformation programme for the business concentrating on Restoring the Basics, Shaping the Future and Making M&S Special.
Under this transformation programme, Making M&S Special, M&S has to date announced:
A slowdown in the Simply Food store opening programme
An acceleration of the UK store estate programme
The sale and franchise of its retail business in Hong Kong and Macau
A new Technology Transformation Programme
Improvements to its Clothing & Home Logistics Network
The restructure of the Customer, Marketing & Digital Team
Nordstrom introduces Anthropologie Home collection in stores and online
Anthropologie Home collection to be available in 15 Nordstrom stores and on Nordstrom.com, beginning March 19
SEATTLE, 2018-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom (NYSE: JWN) announced today (March 5, 2018) a partnership with Anthropologie (Nasdaq: URBN) to introduce more than 200 items from Anthropologie Home at select Nordstrom full-line stores and on Nordstrom.com, beginning March 19th. The Anthropologie Home collection will encompass categories including kitchen, dining and entertaining, bed and bath textiles, room décor, stationery and hardware.
“We are thrilled to be launching the best of Anthropologie Home into 15 Nordstrom stores and on Nordstrom.com. Home is a category we continue to evolve and being Anthropologie’s partner will allow us to introduce dynamic home product with a regular cadence,” said Gemma Lionello, executive vice president and general merchandise manager, Nordstrom. “We look forward to providing our customers with another way to shop one of their favorite home brands.”
Anthropologie Home at Nordstrom represents a mix of classic and iconic pieces, new seasonal designs and exclusive artist collaborations. Work from 20 artists, discovered around the world, is reflected in the wide range of techniques, mediums and styles in the collection. They include Massachusetts-based ceramicist Molly Hatch’s whimsical creations, painter and UK native Sally Muir’s dog portraiture, Los Angeles studio All Roads Design’s artisanal textiles and North Carolina’s Suite One Studio’s watercolor inspired designs.
“Anthropologie Home has evolved significantly over the past several years, becoming a sought-after design resource for every room of the home. We are thrilled to take this important next step with Nordstrom as our partner in the United States,” said Andrew Carnie, president of Anthropologie home, garden and Europe. “We look forward to sharing our unique voice in home with their customers in a meaningful and engaging way.”
Nordstrom store locations that will feature Anthropologie Home include:
Arden Fair (Sacramento, Calif.)
NorthPark Center (Dallas, Texas)
Bellevue Square (Bellevue, Wash.)
Park Meadows (Lone Tree, Colo.)
Brea Mall (Brea, Calif.)
Perimeter Mall (Atlanta, Ga.)
Downtown Seattle (Seattle, Wash.)
Scottsdale Fashion Square (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Fashion Valley (San Diego, Calif.)
The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City (Arlington, Va.)
Garden State Plaza (Paramus, N.J.)
Mall of America (Bloomington, Minn.)
The Galleria at Tyler (Riverside, Calif.)
Michigan Avenue (Chicago, Ill.)
The Mall at Short Hills (Short Hills, N.J.)
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 366 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 232 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; two clearance stores; seven Trunk Club clubhouses; and its Nordstrom Local service concept. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com, HauteLook and TrunkClub.com. Nordstrom, Inc.’scommon stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.
Founded in 1992, Anthropologie is an omnichannel lifestyle brand that celebrates fashion, art, culture, design and discovery. Led by David W. McCreight, President of Urban Outfitters, Inc. (URBN) and CEO of the Anthropologie Group, Anthropologie currently maintains 226 stores in the U.S., Canada and Europe, as well as a popular catalog and website. The company is part of URBN’s portfolio of global consumer brands comprised of Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN, Terrain and the Vetri Family.
Outstanding Debt Reduced by Over $600 Million in 2017
PLANO, Texas, 2018-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) today (Mar. 2, 2018) announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended Feb. 3, 2018. Comparable sales increased 2.6 % for the fourth quarter and increased 0.1 % for full year 2017. Fourth quarter earnings per share was $0.81 and full year net loss per share was ($0.37). Fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share was $0.57 and full year adjusted earnings per share was $0.22. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures is included in the schedules accompanying the consolidated financial statements in this release.
Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer said, “We are encouraged by our results for the fourth quarter and for fiscal 2017. Through the hard work and dedication of the entire JCPenney team, we delivered our second consecutive year of positive adjusted earnings. For 2017, we improved adjusted earnings per share by 175 %, reduced our outstanding debt levels by over $600 million and generated over $200 million of free cash flow. During the fourth quarter, we delivered our strongest positive sales comps and achieved our largest gross margin improvement for the year. Our fourth quarter gross margin improvement, combined with our continued commitment to expense discipline, helped us generate adjusted earnings per share of $0.57 for the quarter.”
Ellison continued, “In 2018, we will intensify our market share efforts in Appliances, Mattresses and Furniture, while continuing to take steps to modernize our apparel assortment and omni-channel. Our strategy and plan is clear and consistent, and we remain focused on two critical factors – to operate the business for growth and deliver profitable earnings. I would like to thank our nearly 100,000 associates around our company for their hard work and more importantly, for their commitment to JCPenney.”
Fourth Quarter 2017 Results
Total net sales for the 14 weeks ended Feb. 3, 2018 increased 1.8 % to $4.03 billion compared to $3.96 billion for the 13 weeks ended Jan. 28, 2017. Comparable sales increased 2.6 % in the fourth quarter and were on the same 13 week basis as the fourth quarter last year.
Jewelry, Home, Sephora, Footwear and Handbags and Salon were the Company’s top performing divisions during the quarter. Geographically, the Southeast and Gulf Coast were the best performing regions of the country.
Cost of goods sold, which excludes depreciation and amortization, was $2.68 billion, or 66.4 % of sales, compared to $2.65 billion, or 66.9 % of sales in the same period last year. The improvement was primarily driven by decreased promotional activity during the quarter resulting from an improved inventory position. This improvement was partially offset by the continued growth in the Company’s online and major appliance businesses and higher shrink rates.
SG&A expenses were $943 million compared to $925 million for the same period last year. As a percentage of sales, SG&A expenses were 23.4 % and flat compared to last year. Reductions primarily in store controllable costs and marketing spend were partially offset by lower credit income and higher incentive compensation.
Net income was $254 million, or $0.81 per share, compared to net income of $192 million, or $0.61 per share in the same period last year. The improvement was primarily due to a $75 million tax reform benefit recorded in the fourth quarter this year.
Adjusted net income was $179 million, or $0.57 per share, for the fourth quarter this year. Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter last year was $202 million, or $0.64 per share, which included a gain of $62 million, or $0.20 per share, associated with the sale of the Company’s home office.
Full Year 2017 Results
Total net sales decreased (0.3) % to $12.51 billion compared to $12.55 billion last year. Comparable sales increased 0.1 % for full year 2017. The slight decline in total net sales was primarily due to store closures in 2017, most of which closed in the first half of the year, and was partially offset by incremental sales for the 53rd week.
For the year, cost of goods sold, which excludes depreciation and amortization, was $8.17 billion, or 65.4 % of sales, compared to $8.07 billion, or 64.3 % of sales last year. This increase was primarily driven by the liquidation of both closed store and slow-moving inventory, the continued growth in the Company’s online and major appliance businesses and higher shrink rates.
SG&A expenses declined 2 % or $70 million to $3.47 billion, or 27.7 % of sales, a decrease of 50 basis points as a percentage of sales compared to last year. These savings were primarily driven by reductions in store controllable costs and marketing efficiencies, which were partially offset by lower credit income and higher incentive compensation.
Net loss was ($116) million, or ($0.37) per share, compared to net income of $1 million, or $0.00 per share last year. This reduction was driven primarily by restructuring charges associated with the fiscal 2017 store closures and voluntary early retirement program.
Adjusted net income increased $44 million to $68 million, or $0.22 per share, compared to adjusted net income of $24 million, or $0.08 per share, last year.
Adjusted EBITDA was $972 million compared to $1.01 billion last year.
Inventory at year-end was $2.76 billion, a decrease of 3.2 % compared to last year-end. Capital expenditures for the year, net of landlord allowances, were $375 million. Free cash flow was a positive $213 million for full year 2017, an increase of $210 million versus last year.
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of year were $458 million. During fiscal 2017, the Company reduced its outstanding debt position by over $600 million. The Company ended the fiscal year with liquidity in excess of $2.3 billion.
The Company’s 2018 full year guidance is as follows:
Comparable store sales: expected to be 0.0 % to 2.0 %; and
Adjusted earnings per share1: expected to be $0.05 to $0.25.
1 A reconciliation of non-GAAP forward-looking projections to GAAP financial measures is not available as the nature or amount of potential adjustments, which may be significant, cannot be determined at this time.
Fourth Quarter and Full Year Earnings Conference Call Details
At 8:30 a.m. ET today, the Company will host a live conference call conducted by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Marvin R. Ellison and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Davis. Management will discuss the Company’s performance during the quarter and take questions from participants. To access the conference call, please dial (844) 243-9275, or (225) 283-0394 for international callers, and reference 6887218 conference ID or visit the Company’s investor relations website at http://ir.jcpenney.com. Supplemental slides will be available on the Company’s investor relations website approximately 10 minutes before the start of the conference call.
Telephone playback will be available for seven days beginning approximately two hours after the conclusion of the conference call by dialing (855) 859-2056, or (404) 537-3406 for international callers, and referencing 6887218 conference ID.
Investors and others should note that we currently announce material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. In the future, we will continue to use these channels to distribute material information about the Company and may also utilize our website and/or various social media to communicate important information about the Company, key personnel, new brands and services, trends, new marketing campaigns, corporate initiatives and other matters. Information that we post on our website or on social media channels could be deemed material; therefore, we encourage investors, the media, our customers, business partners and others interested in our Company to review the information we post on our website as well as the following social media channels:
Any updates to the list of social media channels we may use to communicate material information will be posted on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website at www.jcpenney.com.
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, combines an expansive footprint of approximately 875 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico with a powerful e-commerce site, jcp.com, to connect with shoppers how, when and where they prefer to shop. At every customer touchpoint, she will get her Penney’s worth of a broad assortment of products from an extensive portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Powering this shopping experience is the customer service and warrior spirit of approximately 100,000 associates across the globe, all driving toward the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expect” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which include, but are not limited to, statements regarding sales, cost of goods sold, selling, general and administrative expenses, earnings, cash flows and interest expense. Forward-looking statements are based only on the Company’s current assumptions and views of future events and financial performance. They are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Company’s control that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from planned or expected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including inflation, recession, unemployment levels, consumer confidence and spending patterns, credit availability and debt levels, changes in store traffic trends, the cost of goods, more stringent or costly payment terms and/or the decision by a significant number of vendors not to sell us merchandise on a timely basis or at all, trade restrictions, the ability to monetize assets on acceptable terms, the ability to implement our strategic plan including our omnichannel initiatives, customer acceptance of our strategies, our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other associates, the impact of cost reduction initiatives, our ability to generate or maintain liquidity, implementation of new systems and platforms, changes in tariff, freight and shipping rates, changes in the cost of fuel and other energy and transportation costs, disruptions and congestion at ports through which we import goods, increases in wage and benefit costs, competition and retail industry consolidations, interest rate fluctuations, dollar and other currency valuations, the impact of weather conditions, risks associated with war, an act of terrorism or pandemic, the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations, a systems failure and/or security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information, legal and regulatory proceedings and the Company’s ability to access the debt or equity markets on favorable terms or at all. There can be no assurances that the Company will achieve expected results, and actual results may be materially less than expectations. Please refer to the Company’s most recent Form 10-Q for a further discussion of risks and uncertainties. Investors should take such risks into account and should not rely on forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We do not undertake to update these forward-looking statements as of any future date.
Sweden, 2018-Mar-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Now Lindex opens the doors to the fashion retailer’s first Click & Collect store. Here Lindex takes its omni channel strategy to new levels and offer a shopping experience out of the ordinary.
The launch is realised together with the Icelandic franchise partner LDX 19, who today runs the seven Lindex stores in Iceland. The concept store is in central Reykjavik and is Lindex first of its kind. The premises has until now offered Lindex Lingerie but has now been given a new suit and will be Lindex first Click & Collect store.
We are very happy to welcome our customers to a new type of Lindex store. Here the customer gets the service and feeling which often follows with shopping in a small store, at the same time as she gets access to the big stores wide assortment and flexibility. Here she gets the real omni channel experience, says Albert Thor Magnusson, CEO at LDX 19.
In the store there is a selection of women´s wear, kids’ wear and lingerie meanwhile the complete assortment is available through large touch screens on the wall. Thanks to the Click & Collect service the customer orders the garments and choose home delivery or pick up in the store of choice. If the order is done online or in store before 3 pm on a weekday, the garments can be picked up in the new concept store at 5 pm the same day.
Just as Lindex, LDX 19 is driven by the customer experience. Both wants to offer inspiring and easy shopping in all channels and here the customer really gets a seamless shopping experience. LDX 19 is a brilliant partner with an enormous driving force so it’s very exciting to do this together with them, says Johan Isacson, Director of Lindex Franchise.
Lindex first store in Iceland opened in 2011. Today there are seven stores and two more are planned to open during 2018. The concept store in Reykjavik will open March 1 2018.
For more information:
Albert Thor Magnusson
CEO LDX 19
phone +354 691 3101
Director of Lindex Franchise
phone +46 31 739 50 30
Media Relations Responsible
Phone: 46 (0)31 739 50 60
Helsinki, Finland, 2018-Mar-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — In 2018, Stockmann focuses on inspiring the customers with even more responsible choices. The department store invests especially in the sustainability of its own brand product range and the reduction of its environmental impact. The just released CSR review 2017 tells about our efforts towards more responsible business.
Stockmann will significantly increase the use of sustainable materials such as organic cotton, lyocell and recycled fibers this year, in its own brand of clothing for women, men and children.
Even more organic cotton
The use of sustainable materials has increased rapidly as already 30% of Stockmann’s own brands 2018 spring collection is produced with sustainable materials, compared with 10% in 2017. Also Stockmann’s Casa collection with own brand home products will include linens made of organic cotton in the summer. Responsible products in the home merchandise area are featured in a pop up shop in the Helsinki department store until the beginning of April.
In 2017, already 55% of Lindex garments were made of sustainable materials, and 95% of the cotton used was sustainably produced. In 2017, Lindex launched an upcycled collection that was redesigned from Better Denim garments from previous seasons and an even more sustainable Even Better Denim collection that uses less water, energy and chemicals.
Stockmann’s own brand products and Lindex’s fashion products with less environmental impact are identified with a hangtag or given in the product information in the online store. In addition, the Design from Finland label in Stockmann’s own brand products tells that the product has been designed inFinland by Stockmann’s own Design Studio.
Carrier bag consumption declined
In 2017, Stockmann and Lindex also put emphasis in sustainable materials in carrier bags and reducing their amount. According to the Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development, Stockmann started charging customers for carrier bags in department stores in Finland and Riga in September 2017 and in Tallinn as of 1 January 2018. The demand of carrier bags was reduced by hundreds of thousands of bags on monthly level and during the Crazy Days Campaign it was halved.
Lindex campaigned to reduce the number of carrier bags consumed with the One Bag Habit initiative, which aims to reduce the consumption of bags and increase information about the negative impacts of carrier bags. The initiative started in the stores in Sweden in June 2017 and also in the stores in Finland starting from February 2018.
Human rights principles to strengthen supply chain sustainability
Respect for human rights is fundamental in the Stockmann Group’s values and operations. In February 2018, Stockmann’s Board of Directors approved the Group’s Human Rights Principles.
Stockmann commits to carry out further human rights due diligence as required in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, in order to identify, prevent and mitigate adverse human rights impacts resulting from or caused by our business activities. The policy complements the Stockmann Code of Conduct and is a continuum to Stockmann’s long term work on responsible, transparent and traceable supply chains.
Stockmann’s targets and progress towards more responsible business are presented in the CSR review 2017, which is part of Stockmann’s annual reporting.
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Viacom Executive to Join Company’s Management Team
NEW YORK, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (“Sequential” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SQBG) today (Feb 28, 2018) announced the appointment of Peter Lops as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Lops joins Sequential from Viacom Media Networks where he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Distribution and Business Development division.
In this position, Mr. Lops will be responsible for the Company’s financial operations. He assumes the role from President and Interim CFO Andrew Cooperwho will continue to serve as President.
In announcing the appointment, CEO Karen Murray stated, “Peter has a robust skill set, including extensive public company experience in finance and operations. His background as well as his deep understanding of the licensing business, make him a great addition to the team. We’re thrilled to have him join us.”
Mr. Lops brings with him 20 years of financial and operational experience in the licensing business. In his most recent role at Viacom, he was an integral part of the leadership team that delivered industry leading double-digit growth for nine consecutive years. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis of Viacom Media Networks. Before joining Viacom, Mr. Lops was Vice President of Finance for Fox Television Stations, Inc. For nine years, he held financial roles at the National Football League serving as Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis, Finance Director and Controller. Early in his career, he worked at Andersen LLP, where he led the IPO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
About Sequential Brands Group
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the active, home and fashion categories. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design, and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers, and distributors in the United States and around the world.
MIAMI, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International (Nasdaq:PERY) announced today (Feb. 27, 2018) that it has entered into a license agreement with INSPECS Group for men’s ophthalmic glasses and sunglasses under the Farah® brand. The new collection will launch in optical retail channels, boutique independent opticians and larger optical retail chains. Sunglasses distribution will be spearheaded via the travel retail sector alongside Farah’s existing key retail partners and department stores. The new Farah eyewear collection will be available to view from the international eyewear platform of MIDO Milan. Farah eyewear product will be in stores from Q4 2018.
The Farah brand is rooted in rich heritage and bolstered by street credibility, leveraging creative ambassadors to drive success. These extraordinary individuals are empowered to become product developers, storytellers and educators inspiring millions of consumers. For fashion-minded hipsters in East London and international artists alike, the name Farah represents a melding of bold style and solid quality that resonates with youth of all walks. Farah products are sold internationally through major retailers and company-owned retail stores, as well as on www.Farah.co.uk.
Perry Ellis International Chief Executive Officer & President Oscar Feldenkreis remarked, “We are truly delighted to partner with the INSPECS group. This partnership will combine decades of experience to deliver high quality, fashionable timeless classics and must-have fashion forward pieces under our iconic Farah brand.”
Founder and CEO Robin Totterman said: “We are absolutely delighted that INSPECS have been appointed as partner of choice to extend the Farah brand into the specialist eyewear market. We look forward to our continued work with the Farah brand team and Perry Ellis International, and to welcoming this much-coveted brand to our portfolio of brands. We see Farah as a key building block in our strategy for INSPECS’ strong growth in the coming years. It is clear that Farah is the menswear brand to watch, with its massive upward trajectory both via online and brick-and-mortar fashion retailers.”
For more information about Perry Ellis International, Inc. and the company’s entire portfolio of brands, please visit. www.PERY.com.
About Perry Ellis International
Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®. The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel and Guy Harvey® for performance fishing and resort wear. Additional information on the Company is available at http://www.pery.com.
About INSPECS GROUP
INSPECS Group (established 1988) licenses, designs, manufactures and distributes branded eyewear products (optical frames, sunglasses, safety eyewear) with a portfolio of well-recognised brands, both owned and licensed (including FARAH, Superdry, Radley, O’Neill, CATERPILLAR, NASCAR and Santana).
INSPECS serves the largest optical retailers, smaller boutique opticians, travel retail and its brand partners’ retail outlets.
Global jeanswear leader introduces digital manufacturing capability that will eliminate potassium permanganate and other chemicals that have been used industrywide for decades in jeans finishing
SAN FRANCISCO, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today (February 27, 2018) announced a transformative new operating model that will create a more sustainable supply chain and a cleaner jean. Called Project F.L.X. (future-led execution), this new model replaces manual techniques and automates the jeans finishing process, allowing the company to reduce the number of chemical formulations used in finishing from thousands to a few dozen.
Traditionally, denim finishing – which creates worn, faded design elements on jeans – has been a highly manual, labor-intensive and chemical-reliant process. Digitization enables a responsive and sustainable supply chain at an unparalleled scale.
“Thirty years ago, jeans were only available in three shades: rinsed, stonewashed and bleached. Today those three shades have exploded into endless variations, all produced with very labor-intensive jobs and long lists of chemical formulations,” said Bart Sights, vice president of technical innovation at Levi Strauss & Co. and head of the company’s Eureka Innovation Lab. “We’re designing a cleaner jean for the planet and the people who make Levi’s® jeans, and we’re doing it on a scale that no one else has achieved to date.”
This new operating model is a major step forward in LS&Co.’s commitment to achieving zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020 and accelerates the elimination of many chemical formulations that the company’s Screened Chemistry program identified as “phase outs.” Among the chemicals that will be eliminated is potassium permanganate, an oxidizer that is used industrywide to replicate authentic vintage finishes.
“This is a significant win for the industry,” said Robert Strand, executive director for the Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business. “It’s inspiring to see how LS&Co. used constraints to drive innovation, paving the way for a more sustainable apparel industry. This is an important step forward that I hope others will follow.”
Beyond eliminating many chemicals, Project F.L.X. is expected to reduce textile waste by more accurately making what the market needs and may also provide the opportunity to save water in the future. The company has already proved it can use nearly 100 percent recycled water in the final manufacturing stages with Project F.L.X. and is exploring the possibility of rolling out this water recycling capability more broadly over time.
To help unlock the benefits of digitally enabled design and development, LS&Co. turned to long-standing partner Jeanologia, a leader in eco-efficient solutions for fabric and garment finishing. Since 1993, Jeanologia has operated with the ambition of advancing sustainable apparel manufacturing by delivering disruptive technologies, including ozone, laser and e-flow finishing systems. The company’s like-minded focus on scalability was essential to supporting LS&Co.’s end-to-end, transformative vision.
For more information about Project F.L.X., view the press release on LeviStrauss.com.
About Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,900 retail stores and shop-inshops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2017 net revenues were $4.9 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.
Levi Strauss & Co.
Advanced technology improves speed to market, brings final product decisions closer to the consumer and strengthens sustainability leadership
SAN FRANCISCO, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today (February 27, 2018) – announced Project F.L.X. (future-led execution), a new operating model that ushers denim finishing into the digital era. Developed by the inventor of the blue jean, Project F.L.X. digitizes the design and development of denim finishing and enables a responsive and sustainable supply chain at an unparalleled scale. By replacing manual techniques and automating the jeans finishing process, LS&Co. is able to radically reduce time to market and eliminate thousands of chemical formulations from jeans finishing. In short, LS&Co. achieve the ultimate balance of agility and sustainability, while upholding the Levi’s® standards of craftsmanship, quality and authenticity.
“Our goal was to tackle two predominant industry challenges — being able to respond quickly to changing consumer trends while making the manufacturing process more sustainable,” said Chip Bergh, president and CEO of Levi Strauss & Co. “We are addressing both agility and sustainability without compromising the authenticity our consumers expect from us. This is the future of jeans manufacturing, and LS&Co. is well-positioned to lead the way.”
Specifically, this advancement enables the global jeanswear leader to:
• Replace manual techniques and automate the time-consuming, labor-intensive and chemicalreliant process of hand-finishing: For more than 30 years, the apparel industry has used handfinishing to accentuate worn, faded design elements on denim. By using lasers in new ways, finishing time is cut dramatically — from two to three pairs per hour to 90 seconds per garment, followed by a final wash cycle.
• Create “photo-real” finished garments digitally: By digitizing the finish design and development process, LS&Co. designers can now create finishes and final garments with a revolutionary new imaging tool. Built by LS&Co., this advanced imaging capability cuts finishing design and development time in half (from months to weeks and sometimes days) and is so accurate the digital files can be sent directly to the vendor and quickly scaled to mass manufacturing.
• Take advantage of on-demand and even hyper-local production capabilities: By delaying decisions on final products until much later in the process, LS&Co. can radically reduce its lead times from more than six months to as fast as weeks or days in some cases. This is made possible by staging garments that await their on-demand finish order closer to the market.
• Eliminate thousands of chemical formulations from its supply chain: LS&Co. plans to reduce the total number of chemical formulations used in its finishing process from thousands to a few dozen. This is a major step forward in the company’s commitment to achieving zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020 and furthers its goal of pioneering more sustainable apparel.
LS&Co. has already begun piloting this new model with strategic vendors and has started briefing some of its key customers. Benefits to retail partners include managing core replenishment more effectively, responding to seasonal trends with greater agility and creating greater opportunities for customer exclusives.
“One of the biggest challenges we face as an industry is ensuring we have the right products at the right time, as well as the ability to respond to our customers’ evolving needs with speed,” said Paige Thomas, executive vice president and general merchandise manager for men’s and kids at Nordstrom Inc. “The team at Levi’s is working toward this challenge by contributing to the future of the apparel industry as one that’s both agile and uncompromising on quality, while improving sustainability. We’re excited to be part of it.”
The rollout of this new digital platform will be phased over time, with a goal of being fully scaled in 2020.
“With this new model, we can deliver the authentic and iconic products we’re known for in an incredibly responsive and responsible way,” said Liz O’Neill, senior vice president and chief supply chain officer for Levi Strauss & Co. “The advanced imaging capability is a game-changer for us and something that has eluded our industry for years. Key steps in the process are now concentrated into a digital file, eliminating time and waste.”
Project F.L.X. was built in-house at LS&Co.’s Eureka Innovation Lab by a team of designers, developers, chemists and engineers who are passionate about revolutionizing the apparel industry to better meet consumer needs while also doing right by the planet and the people who work in the apparel supply chain. A number of LS&Co. team members were retrained and reskilled in software development and laser operations. Retraining will be a key tenet as this new model rolls out globally.
To help unlock the benefits of more sophisticated laser technology, LS&Co. turned to long-standing partner Jeanologia, a leader in eco-efficient solutions for fabric and garment finishing. Since 1993, Jeanologia has operated with the ambition of advancing sustainable apparel manufacturing by delivering disruptive technologies, including ozone, laser and e-flow finishing systems. The company’s like-minded focus on scalability was essential to supporting LS&Co.’s end-to-end, transformative vision.
For more information about the sustainability benefits of Project F.L.X., view the press release on LeviStrauss.com.
About Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,900 retail stores and shop-inshops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2017 net revenues were $4.9 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.
Levi Strauss & Co.
NEW ALBANY, Ohio, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF) today ( Feb. 27, 2018) announced the election of Kerrii B. Anderson as a director, effective February 23. Ms. Anderson will serve as a member of the Audit and Finance Committee of the Board. With Ms. Anderson’s election, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s Board expands to ten directors, four of whom are female.
Ms. Anderson, 60, most recently served as president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of Wendy’s International Inc., now The Wendy’s Company, during a transformative time at that company, where she developed a strategic vision and plan for the Wendy’s brand. Prior to serving as its CEO, Ms. Anderson served as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to her positions at Wendy’s, Anderson spent the majority of her career with M/I Schottenstein Homes Inc., now M/I Homes Inc., one of the nation’s leading homebuilders, where she served as senior vice president and chief financial officer.
Ms. Anderson currently serves as a director of Worthington Industries and is a member of its Compensation Committee and Audit Committee. She also serves as a director of Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, and is Chair of its Audit Committee and a member of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Anderson serves in the following capacities with non-profit entities: The Columbus Foundation – Finance Committee; OhioHealth – member of its Board of Directors and Chair of its Finance and Audit Committee; and Elon University – Chair of the Board of Trustees and Audit Committee member. Ms. Anderson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with a minor in accounting and economics from Elon University and earned her MBA at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Commenting on the election, Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Chairman of the Board, Terry Burman, said, “With Kerrii’s impressive leadership track record, deep expertise in finance, operations and strategy, and significant consumer-facing public company management and board experience, she will bring a fresh perspective to our Board. We are excited to welcome Kerrii to A&F and look forward to working together as we continue to drive the Company and its brands forward.”
“I am honored to join the Board of Directors of this storied company. I look forward to working together with Fran, Terry, and the rest of the Board and the management team, at this exciting time in the Company’s evolution,” commented Ms. Anderson.
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A&F cautions that any forward-looking statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) contained in this Press Release or made by management or spokespeople of A&F involve risks and uncertainties and are subject to change based on various important factors, many of which may be beyond the company’s control. Words such as “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements. Except as may be required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. The following factors, in addition to those disclosed in “ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS” of A&F’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 28, 2017 and in A&F’s subsequently filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, in some cases have affected, and in the future could affect, the company’s financial performance and could cause actual results for Fiscal 2017 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any of the forward-looking statements included in this Press Release or otherwise made by management: changes in global economic and financial conditions, and the resulting impact on consumer confidence and consumer spending, as well as other changes in consumer discretionary spending habits, could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and liquidity; our inability to anticipate customer demand and changing fashion trends and to manage our inventory commensurately could adversely impact our sales levels and profitability; our market share may be negatively impacted by increasing competition and pricing pressures from companies with brands or merchandise competitive with ours; direct-to-consumer sales channels are a significant component of our growth strategy, and the failure to successfully develop our position in these channels could have an adverse impact on our results of operations; our ability to conduct business in international markets may be adversely affected by legal, regulatory, political and economic risks; our inability to successfully implement our strategic plans could have a negative impact on our growth and profitability; our failure to protect our reputation could have a material adverse effect on our brands; our business could suffer if our information technology systems are disrupted or cease to operate effectively; we may be exposed to risks and costs associated with cyber-attacks, credit card fraud and identity theft that would cause us to incur unexpected expenses and reputation loss; fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates could adversely impact our financial condition and results of operations; changes in the cost, availability and quality of raw materials, labor, transportation and trade relations could cause manufacturing delays and increase our costs; we depend upon independent third parties for the manufacture and delivery of all our merchandise, and a disruption of the manufacture or delivery of our merchandise could result in lost sales and could increase our costs; our ability to attract customers to our stores depends, in part, on the success of the shopping malls or area attractions that our stores are located in or around; we rely on the experience and skills of our senior executive officers, the loss of whom could have a material adverse effect on our business; our reliance on DCs makes us susceptible to disruptions or adverse conditions affecting our supply chain; our litigation exposure could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations; our inability or failure to adequately protect our trademarks could have a negative impact on our brand image and limit our ability to penetrate new markets; fluctuations in our tax obligations and effective tax rate may result in volatility in our operating results; extreme weather conditions and the seasonal nature of our business may cause net sales to fluctuate and negatively impact our results of operations; our facilities, systems and stores, as well as the facilities and systems of our vendors and manufacturers, are vulnerable to natural disasters, pandemic disease and other unexpected events, any of which could result in an interruption to our business and adversely affect our operating results; the impact of war or acts of terrorism could have a material adverse effect on our operating results and financial condition; changes in the regulatory or compliance landscape could adversely affect our business and results of operations; our Asset-Based Revolving Credit Agreement and our Term Loan Agreement include restrictive covenants that limit our flexibility in operating our business; and, compliance with changing regulations and standards for accounting, corporate governance and public disclosure could adversely affect our business, results of operations and reported financial results.
About Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF) is a leading, global specialty retailer of apparel and accessories for Men, Women and Kids through three renowned brands. For 125 years, the iconic Abercrombie & Fitch brand has outfitted innovators, explorers and entrepreneurs. Today, the brand reflects the updated attitude of the 21 to 24-year old customer, while remaining true to its heritage of creating expertly crafted products with an effortless, American style. The Hollister brand epitomizes the liberating and carefree spirit of the endless California summer for the teen market. abercrombie kids creates smart, playful apparel for children ages 5-14, celebrating the wide-eyed wonder of childhood.
The brands share a commitment to offering products of enduring quality and exceptional comfort that allow consumers around the world to express their own individuality and style. The Company operates approximately 870 stores under these brands across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as the e-commerce sites www.abercrombie.com and www.hollisterco.com.
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