Gap launches kate spade new york and Jack Spade for GapKids this 2014 Holiday season

Continuing Gap’s trend of like-minded designer collaborations for GapKids and a first foray for the Kate Spade & Company brands into childrenswear

NEW YORK, 2014-10-23— /EPR Retail News/ — Gap is thrilled to launch kate spade new york and Jack Spade for GapKids, a limited-edition girls’ and boys’ apparel and accessories collection for Holiday 2014. This marks kate spade new york and Jack Spade’s first foray into childrenswear as well as the first time the Kate Spade & Company brands will partner together.

Launching in select Gap stores in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Hong Kong and Japan and on gap.com on October 30th, the childrenswear collection, which will be available for two weeks only, embraces child-like imagination with festive and whimsical styles in toddler and kids sizing. The collection blends the playful feminine and colorful twists of kate spade new york and the energetic charm of Jack Spade with GapKids’ iconic American style.

Retaining the DNA of kate spade new york and Jack Spade, inspiration was taken from the collection’s archives. The collection features recreated signature pieces from the past, downsized and in fabrics more suited to children’s play and adventure.

“Collaborating with iconic American brands such as kate spade new york and Jack Spade is a way of bringing style and optimism to the GapKids customer,” said Rebekka Bay, Creative Director and EVP, Gap Global Design. “We really wanted to celebrate the best of all three brands, the casualness of GapKids, the playfulness and prettiness of kate spade new york and the quirkiness of Jack Spade.”

“I couldn’t think of a better partner than Gap to collaborate with on a children’s collection,” said Deborah Lloyd, Chief Creative Officer, Kate Spade & Company. “Their colorful and playful spirit aligns perfectly with ours and they’ve helped us realize our vision of dressing little ones head to toe in kate spade new york and Jack Spade for their next big adventure.”

Focusing on a child’s carefree sense of adventure and excitement, the collection follows a brother and sister imagining their way through a magical journey to grandmother’s house during the holiday season. The idea of packing for a family holiday reunion, celebrating the journey seen from the back seat of the car, the actual celebration and the overnight stay, are themes that can be seen throughout.

Collection favorites include charming dresses, clever graphic sweatshirts, witty winter accessories and stylish tech cases marrying the brands’ aesthetics and allowing kids to be kids. Fit and flare dresses and button down tops for girls are played up with the kate spade new york signature bow print. Sassy sayings such as “Here Comes Trouble”, “Skirt The Rules”, “Pretty Sneaky”, and “Are We There Yet?” can be found on girls’ and boys’ fashion and accessories. Mittens with playful quotation marks, knit hats with antlers and hot dog printed scarves speak to the whimsy of the winter collection. Highlighting the fun and quirky nature of the Kate Spade & Company brands, graphic tech accessories feature hamburgers, notebooks and emojis.

With prices starting from $9.95 up to $130, the collection will be available in select Gap stores and on gap.com starting on October 30th for two weeks only.

About Gap
Gap is a global apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering casual, American style. The brand offers classic, iconic clothing that helps customers express their individuality through its Gap, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity and GapBody collections. With an optimistic point of view and belief that everyone can make their creative mark in the world, Gap embodies what it means to be bright. Founded in San Francisco in 1969 by Donald G. Fisher and Doris F. Fisher, the brand has grown from one store to over 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

About kate spade new york
In 1993, Kate Spade designed the utilitarian bag she had been craving for years but couldn’t find anywhere and so began a revolution in the accessories market. Simple silhouettes with clever details and crisp palettes soon established a visual shorthand for the brand that’s recognizable the world over. In 2007, Kate Spade turned the reins over to the design powerhouse, Liz Claiborne Inc. which then became Fifth & Pacific Companies Inc, and now operates under Kate Spade & Company (NYSE: KATE). Deborah Lloyd, formerly of Banana Republic and Burberry took the helm as Chief Creative Officer with an aim to broadening the line while honoring Kate’s rich history. Today you’ll find the brand on the arms of women everywhere with nearly 300 kate spade new york stores worldwide and a thriving e-commerce business.

About Jack Spade
Jack Spade began in 1996 out of a warehouse on Warren Street in New York City. It grew out of the idea that useful items could also be stylish. The first JACK SPADE bag was sold to a hardware store in 1997. Today, Jack Spade has grown to include clothing, small goods and accessories. It remains true to the idea that good design solves a problem with straightforward solutions, using timeless and durable materials. Jack Spade can be found online at www.jackspade.com, in their 13 retail stores in the US, Japan and UK, and in top select stores worldwide.

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Target Corporation announces new initiatives for the 2014 holiday season

MINNEAPOLIS, 2014-10-22— /EPR Retail News/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today announced new initiatives for the holiday season centered on irresistible products, unbeatable value and guest-friendly services – including new and enhanced digital tools and free shipping on all Target.com orders now through Dec. 20.

“Target is poised to deliver an unparalleled holiday shopping season. We’ve been building capabilities that put us in a strong starting position, including the right digital tools and a broad assortment of unique, on-trend merchandise. Our value proposition will be unrivaled, with compelling promotions and an exceptional shopping experience online and in our stores,” said Brian Cornell, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Target. “It’s about delivering on our promise of ‘Expect More. Pay Less,’ and when we do that, Target is impossible to beat.”

Tools and Services

With conversion on Target’s digital channels up 40 percent this year, guests are turning to Target.com for more of their shopping. To make it even easier for guests, for the first time, Target will offer free shipping on all Target.com orders for the holidays, now through Dec. 20. Additionally, more than 65,000 items are now available for Store Pickup on Target.com and 80 percent of orders are fulfilled within one hour, making it a convenient option for busy shoppers through Christmas Eve.

Target will launch a Wish List app beginning Oct. 31— a modern and digital take on the classic tradition of creating holiday wish lists for parents and kids. Kids can add must-have items to their list, while parents can share the list with friends and family. Target’s Wish List app also offers an augmented reality feature that works with Target’s Kids’ Gifting catalog. Plus, guests can save 10 percent on their Wish List on one day of their choosing before Nov. 26. The app can be downloaded on Apple and Android mobile and tablet devices or printed on the registry kiosks in Target stores.

Additionally, mobile and tablet apps are re-launching in time for the holidays. With these enhancements, guests will find it even easier to locate and purchase what they’re looking for  using interactive store maps and shopping lists as well as streamlined checkout including, Apple pay in the iPhone app.

Unbeatable Value

Target has created more ways than ever for guests to get unbeatable value all season long, including weekly sales, weekend promotions and exclusive deals on Target.com and Cartwheel, Target’s industry-leading savings app. Cartwheel will offer daily deals for its more than 10 million users, and from Nov. 2 to Dec. 24, Cartwheel will offer 50 percent off a different toy every day. The app will have new features for the holidays, including special deals for top users, personalized recommendations and a select number of popular offers that do not expire.

For the third year, Target is extending the timeframe of its Price Match Policy for the holiday season beyond the typical seven day window. If a guest purchases a qualifying item at Target between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 and then finds it for less at Target.com, a local competitor’s printed ad or at select online retailers, Target will match that price. For more details, including terms and conditions, visit Target.com/morereasons.

As always, REDcard holders get five percent off nearly all purchases, free shipping at Target.com, and an extra 30 days for returns. Since five percent REDcard Rewards rolled out in 2010, Target has saved guests more than $2 billion and will thank guests for their loyalty with perks throughout the holiday season.

Top Holiday Gifts

Target has it all for the holidays, from top national brands to exclusive giftable items that can only be found at Target, including:

  • Top electronics gifts for all ages, including Beats by Dre, Apple iPhone, Skylanders Trap Team and exclusive iPhone cases designed by Brooklyn-based graphic designer and letterer, Dana Tanamachi.
  • TOMS for Target, featuring more than 50 items including apparel and accessories, shoes and home goods all priced under $50. In addition to the five percent of its profit Target gives to communities every day, Target will donate blankets, meals or shoes to people in need for each TOMS item purchased. The collection will be available beginning Nov. 16 for a limited-time-only.
  • Annie for Target by Renée Ehrlich Kalfus, a limited-edition collection of girls’ apparel and accessories inspired by the remake of this family-favorite movie, all under $30 and available beginning Nov. 16.
  • A beautiful, limited-time-only collection of American-made scarves, throws and handbags from the 150-year-old Faribault Woolen Mills in Minnesota. Available beginning Nov. 2 exclusively through Target’s digital channels.
  • Fitness and travel accessories in unique and retro prints, designed by London-based artist, Orla Kiely, available exclusively at Target.
  •  Exclusive Threshold and Nate Berkus at Target home décor and entertaining items.
  • Cozy, stylish apparel and accessories for the whole family featuring key seasonal elements like cashmere blend, genuine leather and faux fur.
  • Top Toys, including exclusive Disney Frozen My Size Dolls, Wubble Bubble Ball and Zoomer Dino – Boomer and Target’s Boutique Brand toys from brands such as Wonderology, Hape and Mindware.
  • Exclusive beauty products at a great value, including luxe brushes and bags by Sonia Kashuk, new holiday gift sets from Pixi by Petra and an assortment of makeup palettes, fragrances and hair appliances.

Partnership with STORY

This holiday, Target will partner with innovative New York retailer STORY. STORY brings an editorial lens to retail and reinvents itself every four to eight weeks—from merchandise and store design, to floor plans and fixtures—bringing to light a new theme or trend. From Target’s design partnerships to its everyday collections, STORY will curate its favorite holiday treasures from Target, alongside its other must-have items for the season, beginning Nov. 5.

“Working with STORY will give holiday shoppers in Manhattan a new way to discover Target’s brand and products,” said Kathee Tesija, Chief Merchandising and Supply Chain Officer, Target. “This unique concept will also provide a testing ground for us to continue to understand how merchandising and product curation influences our guests.”

Holiday Marketing Campaign

Target’s marketing campaign will encourage people of all ages to let loose, give into the spirit and feel the unmistakable joy of the holiday season. The advertising, which will start to run on Nov. 2, will boldly embrace the iconic elements that make Target, Target—using the red, white and Bullseye that guests love. The campaign will include broadcast, radio, out-of-home and catalogs with an increase in digital media support by 50 percent. Target stores will be transformed with fun and whimsical in-store décor created in partnership with David Stark Design, one of the top event design agencies in the world.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,934 stores – 1,801 in the United States and 133 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit ABullseyeView.com or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom.

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Target Corporation announces new initiatives for the 2014 holiday season

Target Corporation announces new initiatives for the 2014 holiday season

Toys“R”Us® unveils plans for the 2014 holiday season at special preview event for business retail reporters in New York City

During a Special Preview Event, Hank Mullany, President, Toys“R”Us, U.S., Shares the Significant Steps Taken to Prepare for the Months Ahead; Company Announces Launch of New Rewards“R”Us Loyalty Program, Introduces Free Online Layaway, Plus “Here’s What’s Hot” and “Gift Express” Shops; The World’s Leading Dedicated Toy Retailer Focused on Making Gifting Easy for Shoppers, While Demonstrating Its Toy Category Leadership through Ownership of Hot and Exclusive Products, Breadth of Selection, Imaginative Marketing and Expert Employees

WAYNE, NJ, 2014-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today lifted the curtain on its plans for the 2014 holiday season at a special preview event for business retail reporters in New York City. Hank Mullany, President, Toys“R”Us, U.S., discussed steps the company has taken during the first half of the year to prepare its stores nationwide for the busy shopping season ahead, including building its leadership team, successfully concluding its inventory clearance event to make way for hot new holiday products, significantly improving its in-stock position, strengthening customer relationships with enhanced service offerings and redeploying capital for store maintenance.

Mr. Mullany also announced the launch of the company’s new Rewards“R”Us loyalty program, the introduction of free online layaway and ways it is making it easy and fast for shoppers to find the toys they want through its new “Here’s What’s Hot” and “Gift Express” shops, in-aisle “Top Gift” suggestions, as well as its curated online Gift Finder. In addition, Mr. Mullany discussed the company’s innovative brand marketing campaign and the important role its expert employees play in providing a differentiated shopping experience for customers. He also noted that the company will continue to offer Price Match Guarantee for store and online competitors, a $49 everyday free shipping offer and enhanced omnichannel capabilities including In-Store Pick Up.

“We are pleased with our progress and the foundational improvements we’ve made to the business in preparing for the busy months ahead,” said Mr. Mullany. “Our focus at Toys“R”Us for the 2014 holiday season is to make it easy for customers to shop with us both in-store and online. At the same time, we will clearly demonstrate our toy category leadership through our broad product assortment, by having hot toys in-stock when customers want them, and leveraging the expertise of our employees in helping gift-givers select the right toy for the child on their list.”

Launching New Rewards“R”Us Program: Loyal Customers Earn Rewards Faster, Maximizing Their Shopping Experience

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the company has launched a new Rewards“R”Us program to further deepen its relationship with its most devoted customers. The more than 18 million existing Rewards“R”Us members, and those who sign up in-store or online at Toysrus.com/myrewards, are now able to earn more rewards. The complimentary loyalty program enables members to simply earn one point per dollar spent* at Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us locations. For every $125 spent, Rewards“R”Us members receive $5 in “R”Us Rewards.

To maximize their membership, loyalty members now have the ability to accumulate points up to $200 in rewards, allowing them to save up and apply their rewards toward special purchases. In addition, members can register to receive rewards directly via email and enjoy an extended 60-day validity period when redeeming rewards. Plus, members have access to the dedicated Rewards“R”Us website where they can track their purchases, print rewards and receive exclusive access to special savings and partner offers from family-friendly brands that include global resorts, iconic attractions, entertainment and more.

To extend savings even further, Rewards“R”Us members who are also “R”Us credit cardholders, issued by Synchrony Bank, earn two points per dollar spent in-store or online at Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us, a total of $10 for every $125 they spend. They can also enjoy special financing and partake in 10% off** Thursdays at any “R”Us location. Plus, “R”Us MasterCard® cardholders also earn one point for every four dollars spent on purchases at stores other than Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us.

Rewards“R”Us members will also receive exclusive promotions throughout the holiday season and advance notice of sales, events and presale opportunities. To learn more, visit Toysrus.com/myrewards.

Introducing New Online Layaway for Holiday Season

Toys“R”Us has expanded its omnichannel capabilities with the introduction of online layaway, giving customers the ability to create layaway orders at Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, make subsequent payments either in-store or online and choose to pick up their order in a local store or have it delivered right to their home. This offering is in addition to the company’s in-store layaway program. Toys“R”Us will once again offer FREE layaway for the holiday season, waiving the $5 service fee generally associated, now for both online and in-store layaway orders.

As the company strives to make it easy for customers to find and buy what they’re looking for, online layaway not only provides access to a wider assortment of products, but is also an exceptional shopping convenience for those who want to make a series of payments over time, but may not be able to get to a local store to create a layaway order and make regular payments. More details are available at Toysrus.com/Layaway.

It’s All About Gifting Made Easy

This fall, the company is introducing brand new navigational signage in its Toys“R”Us stores nationwide. This thoughtful and layered approach to making it easy and fast for gift-givers to find what they’re looking for includes a welcome map located at the front of the store featuring merchandise category locations, plus large overhead signage identifying major product categories and brands. Additional way-finding signage at aisle entry points and within each aisle breaks down merchandise selection even further, leading shoppers right to the item they came to find.

In addition, the company announced the launch of two new gift solutions shops located at the front of each store, providing shoppers with easy access to top gifts and helping to eliminate guesswork:

  • The “Here’s What’s Hot” shop showcases hot, new product arrivals and top trending toys for children of all ages. Featured products will change on a monthly basis, providing parents with instant knowledge of what kids are currently clamoring for.
  • For grab-and-go shoppers, a curated assortment of top items available for $30 or less is presented in the “Gift Express” shop, which is designed to help even the most indecisive gift-giver choose something great for the holidays, a birthday or other special occasions.

To further assist holiday shoppers select a gift sure to please, the company’s team of merchandising experts have chosen 16 “Top Gift” suggestions to showcase through in-aisle presentations. Identified by bright green signage, these items help focus shoppers on some of the hottest items within a large product category.

For online shoppers, a new curated Gift Finder will be available at Toysrus.com with fun gift ideas that will deliver big smiles. This specially selected guide, featuring top gifts for every toy category, allows shoppers to easily search items by age and price range, and then further narrow the results by brand and character.

Breadth of Assortment, Including Hundreds of Exclusive Products

This holiday season, Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will be THE destination for top licensed products based on kids’ favorite TV shows, movies and more, including Disney’s Frozen, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and PAW Patrol, among others. Consumers will be able to easily identify merchandise from these hit properties, as the company plans to showcase its product dominance with prominent feature shops, exclusive merchandise and engaging marketing activations throughout the fall.

Meanwhile, gaming enthusiasts will have much to look forward to in the coming season as they shop the company’s Electronics & Entertainment offerings, which will include the latest installments of games in the “Toys to Life” genre, such as Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) and Skylanders Trap Team™. Additionally, the highly anticipated launch of Destiny earlier this month from Activision Blizzard and Bungie Studios, the makers of the “Halo” franchise, has brought newness to the software category and is expected to develop a strong fan base as a brand-new gaming franchise.

The company will continue to offer exclusive products through partnerships with branded vendors, including new and upcoming introductions such as the inventive LEGO® FUSION segment, the highly collectible Charmazing™assortment, Little Live Pets Bird Cage Love Birds and Barbie® Malibu House™. Plus, Toys“R”Us continues to invest in its own private brand lines, including Journey Girls®, You & Me, The Home Depot®, Animal Planet®and EduScience, to further drive its category leadership and value proposition.

New Brand Marketing Campaign Shows the Magic of Toys in Fueling Little Imaginations

During the event, Mr. Mullany also discussed ‘C’mon, Let’s Play,’ the new Toys“R”Us brand campaign, designed in partnership with award-winning advertising agency The Escape Pod and ‘Action Movie Kid’ YouTube channel creator Daniel Hashimoto. The national advertisements, which debuted in August, showcase the company’s unique ability to facilitate fun and bring magical play moments to life through its distinctive shopping experience in Toys“R”Us stores and online at Toysrus.com.

The current flight of TV spots capture children playing with toys inside a Toys“R”Us store and illustrate how their imaginative dreams become a fun reality. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ gear, for example, magically transforms kids into their favorite superheroes. Creating dolphin illustrations with fun, vibrant hues of Crayola® products turn the toy aisles into a whimsical underwater wonderland. And, the skating Elsa doll brings kids’ favorite scenes from Disney’s Frozen to life. These commercials are designed to showcase the remarkable potential a toy has to spark creativity when placed in a child’s hands and put Toys“R”Us employees at the center of creating fun play experiences. The campaign will evolve throughout the holiday season.

For more information on the “C’mon Let’s Play” campaign, please visit Toysrusinc.com.

Expert Employees Provide Differentiated Shopping Experience to Customers

Toys“R”Us is in the business of bringing joy to its customers 365 days a year, something its toy-trained experts take very seriously. Passionate for toys both on the job and in their personal lives, the company employs all sorts of plaything professionals, from LEGO fanatics and action figure collectors to gaming gurus, science enthusiasts, bike assembly wizards and more. The company’s U.S. network of nearly 40,000 non-seasonal employees are also moms, dads, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles, just like the customers who shop with Toys“R”Us.

These employees provide a differentiated shopping experience for customers seeking expert and knowledgeable toy shopping advice. Nearly 14% of  associates in Toys“R”Us stores nationwide have been employed by the company for 10 years or more – higher than the U.S. average of 9.7%***. In addition, more than 11,000 employees, or nearly 30% of the “R”Us population, have worked with the company for five years or more.

Fair Pricing and Service Offerings

In addition to new program introductions, the company will continue to offer the following during the 2014 holiday season:

  • Price Match Guarantee lets customers shop with confidence and know they’re getting the best value. Toys“R”Us will match a competitor’s advertised price on identical items when customers present a local competitor’s print ad or their website showing the item available for less. For more information, please visit Toysrus.com/PriceMatch.
  • On Toysrus.com, the company offers an everyday free shipping offer on purchases of $49 or more.
  • Once again, Toys“R”Us will offer an extended return period after the holidays.  Through January 22, returns accompanied by a sales or gift receipt or online packing slip will be accepted, regardless of whether or not the item was purchased within the company’s general 90-day window for returns. Those who want to start their holiday shopping early can do so worry-free knowing that Toys“R”Us will offer an extended return policy after Christmas.
  • The company’s omnichannel offerings have been enhanced, including its In-Store Pick Up option, which allows customers to shop online from wherever they are and pick up their ordered item at their local Toys“R”Us store in an hour or less.

As it enters the busy shopping season ahead, the company continues to implement its “TRU Transformation” strategy designed to position the business for sustainable long-term growth.

For company news and updates throughout the season, please visit the “R” Us Holiday Press Room.

*Some exclusions apply. Visit Toysrus.com/myrewards for complete details.
**Offer valid in-store only. Some exclusions apply. Subject to credit approval. Special financing purchases do not earn reward points.
***Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 877 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 710 international stores and over 195 licensed stores in 35 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites includingToysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrusand Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

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