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Blair Underwood launches suit line with K&G

BY CSA STAFF

ATLANTA — K&G Fashion Superstore announced that has partnered with actor Blair Underwood to launch an exclusive line of men’s tailored suits. The BU Collection will be available at select K&G stores and on KGstores.com.

"I wanted this collection to be available to every man without a steep price barrier," said Underwood. "I felt K&G was a great partner to launch this line because of their ability to bring well-made designer clothing to the public at affordable prices."

The BU Collection will include two-buttonand three-button 100% wool-vested suits and complementing dress shirts and ties.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Blair Underwood to introduce his clothing line at K&G," said Mary Beth Blake, president of K&G. "Blair has been very involved in the process and has been amazing to collaborate with."

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BJ’s taps People Answers for talent assessment

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Dallas — PeopleAnswers announced a new agreement in which BJ’s Wholesale Club will use the PeopleAnswers’ solution to help select team members in all locations across 15 eastern states.

BJ’s uses the PeopleAnswers pre-employment assessment software as a tool for identifying, selecting and hiring candidates for hourly positions in 15 of its clubs. Over the next several months, it plans to implement PeopleAnswers in the remaining 177 clubs. The hope is to bring additional consistency to BJ’s hiring process for its clubs and to implement a tool that is capable of supporting an increasing number of job candidates as additional clubs open.

“PeopleAnswers has proven to streamline the hiring process across the 15 clubs involved in the initial rollout,” said Susan Hoffman, senior VP human resources and chief people officer at BJ’s Wholesale Club. “PeopleAnswers’ HR solution will help BJ’s be more competitive in the selection of Team Members and support even smoother club openings.”

PeopleAnswers identifies the Behavioral DNA® of existing team members to create customized, behaviorally based “Performance Profiles” that assist in identifying those who meet BJ’s hiring criteria. After candidates complete the PeopleAnswers assessment, the software matches them with the BJ’s positions best corresponding with their existing behaviors and tendencies. BJ’s human resources and hiring managers will also use PeopleAnswers as a guide for interview content.

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Sears brings in a new merchandising leader

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings hired Ron Boire as EVP and chief merchandising officer. Boire, who previously was president and CEO of Brookstone, will lead merchandising and retail stores for both the Sears and Kmart brands.

He will work with our leadership team to better serve our customers and Shop Your Way Rewards Members by integrating their experiences across our stores, online, services, and mobile capabilities, the company said.

"We are in the midst of a transformation of our business, from top to bottom, as we seek to become the leading integrated retailer in the country," said Lou D’Ambrosio, Sears Holdings’ chief executive officer and president. "By attracting someone with Ron’s significant experience in retail, merchandising and product development as well as in leading companies through turnarounds, we’re adding a key talent in accelerating our transformation."

The move comes shortly after Sears announced plans to close 100 to 120 Sears and Kmart stores. D’Ambrosio added, "We have made some difficult decisions recently and will make the hard choices necessary to turn our business around going forward. At the same time, we will continue to invest to better serve our customers by delivering world-class, integrated experiences across our stores, our online sites, our services and our mobile capabilities. And, we will continue to invest in our people, ensuring that we have the talent and skills necessary to effect this transformation."

Prior to Brookstone, Boire served as president, U.S. Toys, North America for Toys "R" Us from 2006 to 2009, overseeing merchandising, marketing and operations for 600 stores in the U.S. and 70 in Canada. He joined Toys "R" Us after serving as the executive vice president, global merchandise manager for Best Buy, responsible for managing Best Buy’s $30 billion U.S. Business Teams, global technology and vendor management, global sourcing and private label development. Before that, Mr. Boire served in a variety of increasingly senior roles during a 17-year career at Sony Electronics Inc., including president of Sony’s Consumer Sales Company and president of Sony’s Personal Mobile Products Company.

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