Barnes & Noble names exec VP across channels
New York City Barnes & Noble said Tuesday it has named Jamie Iannone as executive VP, shopping, Barnes & Noble.com and Barnes & Noble digital.
Iannone will focus on optimizing the online shopping experience for the millions of Barnes & Noble customers, as well as managing various new business opportunities and other strategic initiatives. He will report to William Lynch, president of Barnes & Noble.com.
Iannone joined Barnes & Noble from eBay, where he was most recently the company’s VP global search, the largest single investment area at eBay.
‘American Idol’ album exclusive to Walmart
NEW YORK A new album featuring the top 10 finalists from the most recent season of American Idol will be available exclusively at Walmart and Walmart.com on June 30.
The album, titled “American Idol Season 8,” was produced by 19 Recordings and RCA Records and features two tracks from American Idol champion Kris Allen — his hit single “No Boundaries” (written By “Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi, Cathy Dennis and Mitch Allan) and his version of Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard For The Money.” There are also two tracks from runner-up Adam Lambert — his version of “No Boundaries” and his acoustic take on Tears for Fears “Mad World,” based on the arrangement by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules from the “Donnie Darko” soundtrack. The album also features one track each from all of the other Top 10 contestants before culminating with runner-up Adam Lambert’s recording of “No Boundaries” as well.
New prototype ready for Texas
The town of Huntsville, which is about an hour north of Houston on I-45, soon will be home to one of Target’s new fresh prototype stores. A 131,000-sq.-ft. discount store with an expanded offering of fresh products is scheduled to open in Huntsville on July 26. The “P-fresh” Target stores are seen as an important element of the company’s strategy to attract increased customer traffic because customers will be able to satisfy a broader range of their food needs. The store will offer top-selling produce items and a limited assortment of meat, in addition to frozen and refrigerated products, baked goods and dry grocery items. The store isn’t technically a SuperTarget, but it will undoubtedly feel that way to some shoppers unaccustomed to finding such a large selection of food in a Target store.