Ace Hardware has appointed Kirk Armstrong to the position of vp/distribution and supply chain innovation. Armstrong will report directly to Lori Bossmann, evp/chief supply chain officer.
Kroger’s chief housewares merchant, Greg Parsons, told attendees of the IHA Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession (CHESS) that housewares plays an important role in the company’s “Restock Kroger” strategic transformation initiative.
Consumers are expected to spend more this holiday season, according to data from The NPD Group, but how shoppers allocate their dollars could present new challenges for retailers.
Annual gains in homeowner spending for improvements and repairs are set to give out by the second half of next year, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.
Lifetime Brands has entered into a licensing agreement with Meredith Corporation on a line of kitchen tools, food prep and storage containers, bakeware, and cutlery products to be made under the Allrecipes trademark. Allrecipes.com Inc., a leading digital food brand, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Meredith Corporation.
Among retailers selling food, according to data analytics and promotions firm Inmar, non-traditional operators are making steady inroads versus traditional operators, including supermarkets, boosting market share to 40% from 39% in 2012 and 34% in 2006.
Ascential expects convenience stores, food discount stores such as Aldi, discount stores, a term it uses to designate dollar and related general merchandise stores, and membership club stores, to lead retail growth among traditonal operators in the U.S. over the next five years.
Kohl’s is launching a significant number of new brands that will join its product portfolio during the fall and holiday seasons. Shoppers will discover new brands across product categories including new brands to Kohl’s, new collaborations and new partnerships with existing Kohl’s brands.
Aaron’s has appointed Tommy Harper as vp/manufacturing to lead Woodhaven Furniture Industries effective January 1, 2020. He will succeed Michael Jarnagin, who will retire on December 31.
J.C. Penney has named Laurie Wilson, a senior executive with more than 25 years of experience in planning and allocation, merchandise, finance, pricing, operations and strategy, as svp/planning and allocation and pricing.
Burlington Stores has appointed John Crimmins chief financial officer.