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November 23, 2011

Target merchandising executive Casey Carl was given added responsibilities for the retailer’s online businesses, following a series of snafus related to an August relaunch that resulted in the departure of former online president Steve Eastman.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target merchandising executive Casey Carl was given added responsibilities for the retailer’s online businesses, following a series of snafus related to an August relaunch that resulted in the departure of former online president Steve Eastman.

Carl will serve as president of multichannel with responsibility for Target’s digital platforms including mobile, social and Target.com, while retaining his prior responsibilities as SVP merchandising for entertainment, toys, sporting goods and electronics.

November 22, 2011

Clarity, a Plantronics company, recently launched two new loud, easy-to-use cordless phones designed for people with hearing loss, low vision or mobility challenges.

NEW YORK — Clarity, a Plantronics company, recently launched two new loud, easy-to-use cordless phones designed for people with hearing loss, low vision or mobility challenges.

The new Clarity XLC2 and XLC3.4 phones amplify incoming sounds, remove unwanted and distracting noises and provide interference-free communication to give users a customized listening experience. The phones also feature three tone settings, are compatible with hearing aids and include a loud speakerphone, while the XLC3.4 also features a caller ID screen, the company said.

November 18, 2011

RetailMeNot.com, an online coupon aggregator, found that online coupon usage was up 23% on its site in the months leading up to the holiday shopping season, the company announced Wednesday.

AUSTIN, Texas — RetailMeNot.com, an online coupon aggregator, found that online coupon usage was up 23% on its site in the months leading up to the holiday shopping season, the company announced Wednesday.

November 17, 2011

Kmart operator Sears Holdings reported Thursday that its loss widened in the third quarter on softness in its Canada division and on weaker consumer electronics sales.

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Kmart operator Sears Holdings reported Thursday that its loss widened in the third quarter on softness in its Canada division and on weaker consumer electronics sales.

The company recorded a loss of $421 million in the quarter ended Oct. 29, compared with a loss of $218 million a year earlier.

Revenue slipped 1% to nearly $9.6 billion from about $9.7 billion, missing the $9.63 billion expected by Wall Street, and marking the fourth straight quarter of revenue declines.

November 10, 2011

Online retail spending reached $36.3 billion for third quarter 2011, up 13% from last year, according to comScore.

RESTON, Va. — Online retail spending reached $36.3 billion for third quarter 2011, up 13% from last year, according to comScore. This growth rate represented the eighth consecutive quarter of positive year-over-year growth and fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth rates.

The top-performing online product categories were: digital content and subscriptions, event tickets, jewelry and watches, consumer electronics (excluding computer peripherals) and computer software. Each category grew at least 15% versus a year ago, comScore reported.

November 4, 2011

Drug Store News caught up with Continua Health Alliance’s executive director Chuck Parker following the CEATEC Japan conference, an IT and electronics trade show, to get a glimpse into what tomorrow’s self-care diagnostic devices might look like.


TOKYO — Drug Store News caught up with Continua Health Alliance’s executive director Chuck Parker following the CEATEC Japan conference, an IT and electronics trade show, to get a glimpse into what tomorrow’s self-care diagnostic devices might look like.


As many as 25 Continua members showcased new consumer healthcare services in early October at the show, some of which are slated to launch in November in Japan.


November 2, 2011

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is bringing the sequel of an action/adventure franchise to Blu-ray and DVD this December.

LOS ANGELES — 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is bringing the sequel of an action/adventure franchise to Blu-ray and DVD this December.

Starring Dolph Lundgren, "In the Name of the King 2: Two Worlds" tells the story of a former Special Forces soldier that is transported back in time to an age of sorcery, dragons and savage hand-to-hand combat. Both the Blu-ray and DVD feature bonus material, including a behind-the-scenes look at the film, commentaries from the director and writer and more.

November 2, 2011

Consumer Cellular, the exclusive wireless provider for AARP members, on Tuesday announced a distribution agreement for its line of contract-free cellular phones and plans at 826 Walgreens locations throughout Florida.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Consumer Cellular, the exclusive wireless provider for AARP members, on Tuesday announced a distribution agreement for its line of contract-free cellular phones and plans at 826 Walgreens locations throughout Florida.

The line of phones includes a Motorola WX345, which features a digital camera, MP3 player and FM radio for $34.99 and the Doro PhoneEasy 410, which features an easy-to-read color display, large buttons, backlit keypad, vibrating ringer and Bluetooth technology for $59.99.

November 2, 2011

Walmart is offering customers an early, exclusive preview of its Black Friday specials.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is offering customers an early, exclusive preview of its Black Friday specials.

Customers that sign up at Walmart.com for Walmart's Facebook page will be able to view top assortments across a variety of categories. Walmart also will hold an early holiday sale beginning Nov. 5.

Walmart recently announced it was bringing back its Christmas layaway program.

October 28, 2011

An all-new animated feature film starring the beloved characters of Hundred Acre Wood has arrived on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and digital download.

NEW YORK — An all-new animated feature film starring the beloved characters of Hundred Acre Wood has arrived on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and digital download.

“Winnie the Pooh” brings back to life the charm, wit and whimsy of the original featurettes and characters, including Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo and Eeyore, Walt Disney Studios said. Additionally, the Blu-ray combo pack features exclusive animated shorts, a sing-along viewing option, an informative behind-the-scenes featurette and deleted scenes with director commentary.

October 19, 2011

Dark spots, skin colorations and uneven skin tone can be among the most difficult skin problems to treat, and now women have a new solution with the Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Corrector.


NEW YORK — Dark spots, skin colorations and uneven skin tone can be among the most difficult skin problems to treat, and now women have a new solution with the Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Corrector.


Positioned as a daily moisturizer with the highest concentration of pure vitamin C available within the mass market, the formula promises to decrease the enzyme production that triggers melanin production, breaks up pigmentation clusters and accelerates cell turnover. 


October 13, 2011

Not a jetpack, but close
RFA Brands has launched Powerbag, a line of bags and backpacks with a built-in charging system for devices ranging from phones to tablets to music players.
Price: $139.99
MyPowerBag.com

 

September 7, 2011

Walt Disney Studios is slated to release three films on Blu-ray and the latest seasons of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" on DVD.

NEW YORK — Walt Disney Studios is slated to release three films on Blu-ray and the latest seasons of "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" on DVD.

"The Tempest," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and the "Count of Monte Cristo" each will be released as a single-disc Blu-ray. "The Tempest" will carry a suggested retail price of $39.99, while "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and the "Count of Monte Cristo" will carry a suggested retail price of $26.50.

August 25, 2011

Southeastern discount banner Fred's on Thursday morning reported that the consumer continues to be challenged by economic pressures.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Southeastern discount banner Fred's on Thursday morning reported that the consumer continues to be challenged by economic pressures. "In key markets we continue to see swings in sales [tied to] the payroll cycle," Bruce Efird, Fred's president and CEO, told analysts during a conference call this morning. Efird also reported an increase in government assistance utilization.

August 25, 2011

The next generation of health kiosks made by SoloHealth will use the latest technologies from Intel, the company said.

NEW YORK — The next generation of health kiosks made by SoloHealth will use the latest technologies from Intel, the company said.

The SoloHealth Station — which measures blood pressure, vision, weight and body mass index — will use an Intel Core i5 processor-based computer and deliver an interactive, secure and networked experience for consumers. It also will allow easy repairs and adjustments that can be made from one centralized computer.

August 24, 2011

Meijer announced that it has opened a new, smaller-format grocery store in the Chicago area.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer announced that it has opened a new, smaller-format grocery store in the Chicago area.

The 90,000-sq.-ft. Meijer Marketplace store in Melrose Park will feature national and Meijer brand grocery items, along with a full-service pharmacy offering a variety of national and Meijer brand health and beauty products, the company reported.

August 17, 2011

Customers can save on back-to-school shopping by trading in used electronics and video games for store credit, Target said.

MINNEAPOLIS — Customers can save on back-to-school shopping by trading in used electronics and video games for store credit, Target said.

The mass merchandiser said it expanded its Electronics Trade-In service to 1,490 stores with Target Mobile centers, and also added new product categories. The chain offers the program under a partnership with consumer electronics upgrade and trade-in company NextWorth, giving customers credit in return. The service is accepting calculators, DVDs, video games, Nintendo DS units, cell phones, iPods and iPads.

August 4, 2011

MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse revealed that online retail sales rose 14% over the year-ago period, marking the 24th straight month of year-over-year growth, as well as the ninth consecutive month of double-digit growth, with improvement in every subcategory except for electronics.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse revealed that online retail sales rose 14% over the year-ago period, marking the 24th straight month of year-over-year growth, as well as the ninth consecutive month of double-digit growth, with improvement in every subcategory except for electronics.

July 7, 2011

Audiovox Accessories introduced a one-size-fits-most hearing aid to drug store retailers attending NACDS Marketplace called the RCA Symphonix. At a $299.99 price point, the product may be a little steep to carry in store but may be ideal for online placement for shipment home or to the pharmacy for pickup.

Audiovox Accessories introduced a one-size-fits-most personal sound amplifier to drug store retailers attending NACDS Marketplace called the RCA Symphonix. At a $299.99 price point, the product may be a little steep to carry in store but may be ideal for online placement for shipment home or to the pharmacy for pickup. That price point may actually be a bargain for many consumers who need hearing aids — customized hearing aids can run in excess of $1,000 per ear and are not typically covered by health plans, including Medicare.

June 27, 2011

This fall, an acclaimed film trilogy is making its Blu-ray debut.

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — This fall, an acclaimed film trilogy is making its Blu-ray debut.

The cinematic franchise "Jurassic Park," which includes the namesake film along with "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" and "Jurassic Park III," will be available Oct. 25 in a limited-edition Blu-ray set.

June 21, 2011

Royal Philips Electronics has added the EnduraLED A21 17-watt bulb to its lineup of LED bulbs. The new bulb is designed to replace the 75-watt incandescent bulb while reducing energy consumption by 80% and lasting 25 times longer.

AMSTERDAM — Royal Philips Electronics has added the EnduraLED A21 17-watt bulb to its lineup of LED bulbs. The new bulb is designed to replace the 75-watt incandescent bulb while reducing energy consumption by 80% and lasting 25 times longer.

June 17, 2011

Things just got a whole lot more interesting in the mid-tier department store space now that JCPenney has hired former Apple executive Ron Johnson to be its CEO. Johnson is a former Target merchandising executive who for the past 11 years oversaw the growth of Apple’s wildly successful and widely heralded retail operation.

PLANO, Texas — Things just got a whole lot more interesting in the mid-tier department store space now that JCPenney has hired former Apple executive Ron Johnson to be its CEO. Johnson is a former Target merchandising executive who for the past 11 years oversaw the growth of Apple’s wildly successful and widely heralded retail operation.

June 6, 2011

H2O is celebrating the Blu-ray and DVD release of animated film "Rio" by partnering with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to kick off a new marketing promotion.

WESTON, Fla. — H2O is celebrating the Blu-ray and DVD release of animated film "Rio" by partnering with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment to kick off a new marketing promotion.

Beginning late summer through early fall, consumers that purchase the film will receive two free bottles of H2O's spring water at point of purchase from participating retailers nationwide.

May 31, 2011

An unprecedented 100-plus vendors presented the latest in healthcare technology earlier this year at the Consumer Electronic Association's show in January.

NEW YORK — An unprecedented 100-plus vendors presented the latest in healthcare technology earlier this year at the Consumer Electronic Association's show in January.

CES had added a healthcare-related consumer electronics segment called the Digital Health Pavilion to its show some years ago, and the number of participants have been growing ever since.

May 16, 2011

Philips is slated to launch a new LED light bulb, which will premiere at the LightFair International trade show.

PHILADELPHIA — Philips is slated to launch a new LED light bulb, which will premiere at the LightFair International trade show.

Philips EnduraLED A21 17-watt bulb uses Philips' high-power, next-generation Luxeon LEDs and is designed to replace a 75-watt incandescent bulb, while reducing energy consumption by 80% and lasting 25 times longer, the company said. The light bulb also was developed to meet or exceed Energy Star qualifications for an LED-based replacement.