Blockbuster CFO steps down amid possible bankruptcy
Dallas Blockbuster’s CFO Thomas Casey has left the company, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Casey’s last day at the video rental chain was Saturday, shortly after renegotiating the terms of his severance package which call for a lump-sum payment of $100,000 plus compensation for unused vacation time. He will also receive $7,000 to cover moving expenses, according to the SEC filing.
Casey had been Blockbuster’s CFO for three years and leaves during a possible looming bankruptcy filing for the chain.
Blockbuster hired Dennis McGill as its new CFO. McGill formerly was CFO of Safety-Kleen Systems.
Blockbuster has closed hundreds of stores, and has acknowledged it may seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy organization.
Sears looks to re-brand image with women
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. Sears announced that it has launched “The Many Sides of Me” campaign in order to re-engage women in the Sears brand.
“We have executed against a range of initiatives tied to our strategic pillars that have improved our relevance to customers, including engaging them on a personal level,” said Scott Freidheim, EVP operating and support businesses for Sears Holdings. “With this launch, we’re on a path to ‘Feminize, Energize and Digitize’ the Sears soft side brand positioning.”
As an extension of “The Many Sides of Me” print campaign in key September fashion issues, the brand is also collaborating with leading titles Vogue and Lucky and will be featured on their digital shopping platforms, the company reported. The collaboration will enable customers to shop and buy Sears Fall fashion merchandise on the Vogue Stylist and Lucky at Your Service apps for the Apple iPhone.
Additionally, as part of the ongoing Sears brand strategy of developing personal digital relationships with customers, the campaign features a new digital destination to engage women in the multi-channel “The Many Sides of Me” experience. At TheManySidesOfMe.com, customers can browse the collection, as well as participate in a digital contest that invites women to share their multi-faceted lives and how they make their personal, versatile style work.
Whole Foods launches color-coded seafood rating system
AUSTIN, Texas Whole Foods Market announced that it has launched the first in-store color-coded sustainability-rating program for wild-caught seafood and commits to phasing out all red-rated species by Earth Day 2013.
The company worked with Blue Ocean and Monterey Bay Aquarium to develop an easy-to-follow system to help customers choose sustainable seafood. Species given green ratings are considered relatively abundant and caught in environmentally-friendly ways; those with yellow ratings are considered good alternatives, though some concerns exist with the species’ status or catch methods; red or “avoid” means that for now, the species is suffering from overfishing, or that current fishing methods harm other marine life or habitats.
“At the end of the day, it’s a team effort. Our customers, buyers, fishermen, and fishery managers can all make smart decisions that move us in the direction of greater sustainability. The new color-coded rating system is a transparent way to provide sustainability status information. This new program, along with our promise to phase out red-rated species, deepens our commitment to having fully sustainable seafood departments,” said Carrie Brownstein, Whole Foods Market seafood quality standards coordinator.