American Greetings offers iPad app for personalized kids’ cards
Cleveland – American Greetings is offering the iPad Creatacard app that provides children with virtual tools like crayons, paint, stickers, stamps and chalk to create personalized greeting cards. Kids can also add their own photos and enhance them with frames, as well as virtually sign the cards.
Each design can be printed as a paper greeting card and shipped anywhere in the world by American Greetings for $3.49. Cards can be tracked online from creation at the American Greetings factory all the way through the post office and delivery.
"This groundbreaking app gives kids the tools they need to start a life-long friendship with their own imaginations," said Eliza Wing, director of digital brands at American Greetings. "As American Greetings prides itself on product innovation, we are thrilled to introduce Creatacard because it gives kids the unique opportunity to truly become greeting card artists. We have taken the offline behavior of making cards that children have enjoyed for generations and created an app that brings this experience to an amazing new level with the option to professionally print the cards.”
Logistics leaders recognized by Walmart
Walmart honored more than a dozen trucking and transportation partners this week as “Carriers of the Year,” and the list includes many of the supply chain world’s biggest companies along with some lesser known firms.
In addition to its massive private trucking fleet, the enormity of Walmart’s business means it works with more than 400 third party carriers. Out of those the company recognized 13 companies and further singled out Charlie Crawford from UPS as carrier representative of the year.
“When Walmart chooses a carrier partnership, we look for companies who provide outstanding service, effective communication, and for a company that will exemplify Walmart’s mission to ‘save people money so they can live better,’” said Kevin X. Jones, VP of Walmart inbound transportation. “Walmart is fortunate to have worked with many companies that have accomplished this task.”
Companies were recognized in the following categories:
- Small Parcel: FedEx Corporation
- LTL Regional: Averitt Express
- LTL National: SAIA
- Grocery dedicated: Swift Transportation
- Intermodal: Hub Group
- Diversity: Go To Transport, Inc.
- Temperature Control: Decker Truck Line, Inc. and Prime, Inc.
- Sam’s Club carrier of the year: Legacy Supply Chain Services
- General merchandise: Tango Transport, Celadon and Heartland Express
- Innovation: United States Postal Service
Kohl’s is ready for spring
Kohl’s reported a profit of $334 million, or $1.56 per share, for the fourth quarter ended Feb. 1, down from $378 million, or $1.66 a share, a year earlier. The retailer attributed the dip to an increase in e-commerce shipping costs and holiday season markdowns.
But the retailer expressed confidence in its inventory levels and assortment, adding that it is well-positioned for spring and anticipates sales increases.
"We were pleased with our sales during the November and December holiday season as the customer responded favorably to our merchandise and values. Despite increased shipping costs related to our e-commerce business, we were able to achieve our gross margin guidance for the quarter," said chairman, president and CEO Kevin Mansell.
The retail calendar for fiscal Jan. 2013 included a fifth week, resulting in a 14-week fiscal fourth quarter and a 53-week year. During this 53rd week, total sales were $169 million; net income was $15 million and diluted earnings per share was $0.06.
Kohl’s ended the quarter with 1,158 stores in 49 states, compared with 1,146 stores at the same time last year. During 2013, the company opened 12 new stores and completed 30 remodels.
The company issued its initial guidance for fiscal 2014. Based on assumptions of total sales increases of 0.5% to 2.5% and comparable sales increases of 0 to 2%, the company expects earnings per diluted share of $4.05 to $4.45 for the year.