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Brooks Brothers names designer Zac Posen as women’s creative director

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Brooks Brothers has named designer Zac Posen as creative director for its signature women’s collection and accessories. In this new role, Posen will direct the current Brooks Brothers design and merchant teams and will be responsible for the women’s collection and affect a variety of areas including brand development and presentation for the women’s label.

Posen’s first women’s collection for Brooks Brothers will debut in spring 2016 and will be available worldwide. Posen launched his eponymous collection in 2001.

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TerraCycle program enables The North Face stores to recycle hard-to-recycle plastic

BY Staff Writer

Trenton, N.J. — TerraCycle, an international recycling company, and The North Face are working together to pursue a solution to the common problem of massive amounts of left over polyethylene bags that are used to protect merchandise through distribution and transit. The North Face has engaged 25 of its retail stores in TerraCycle’s The North Face Polybag Brigade, to ensure these plastic bags get recycled. Together the two companies have kept 1.5 million plastic polybags, equaling more than 62,000 lbs., of plastic out of U.S. landfills.

“We are always looking for ways to reduce our environmental footprint and TerraCycle has been an important partner in helping The North Face address the challenging issue of plastic bag recycling,” said Adam Mott, director of sustainability at The North Face. “This partnership is especially vital in locations where municipal recycling does not accept hard-to-recycle plastics, such as polybags, which would otherwise be disposed of in a landfill without the TerraCycle recycling program.”

Until this partnership between The North Face and TerraCycle began two years ago, the 25 stores were not able to readily recycle the polyethylene bags. Now, the bags will be recycled into a variety of different products such as plastic lumber, bike racks and pavers.

“The volume of polybags that are used every day in shipping to customers and to retail stores is mind-boggling,” said TerraCycle Founder and CEO Tom Szaky. “The fact that The North Face is committed to going the extra step to keep them out of the waste stream is an action that should be applauded and replicated by more manufacturers and retail stores.”

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DSW enhances omnichannel fulfillment with eBay Enterprise in-store pickup

BY Marianne Wilson

King of Prussia, Pa. — eBay Enterprise, an eBay Inc. company, announced that Designer Shoe Warehouse will expand its omnichannel fulfillment capabilities with eBay Enterprise In-Store Pickup. The company is also poised to launch ship-to-store as part of its progressive omnichannel strategy.

Augmenting the company’s success with eBay Enterprise Ship-from Store, and Dropship Manager, DSW is now positioned to deliver a full portfolio of customer-centric fulfillment options that will help to fulfill their ultimate goal of delivering any shoe, anywhere, any time, according to eBay Enterprise.

DSW selected eBay Enterprise as its omnichannel fulfillment partner more than a year ago.

“Our experience with eBay Enterprise Ship-from Store and Dropship solutions, as well as its implementation and support resources, has been extremely positive. Based on the success of those programs, we are confident our In-Store Pickup and Ship-to Store initiatives will be equally successful,” said Roger Rawlins, executive VP, omnichannel, DSW.

The deployments of eBay Enterprise In-Store Pickup and Ship-to Store will provide DSW customers with convenient options to purchase items online and pickup orders at the location of their choice, while also avoiding shipping charges. Both solutions also offer potential for incremental sales opportunities while the customer is already in the store.

“At DSW, we are focused on providing the best shopping experience possible,” Rawlins said. Our goal is to provide our customers with a seamless experience, whether they are shopping in stores or online. With our implementation of eBay Enterprise Ship-from Store, DSW offers the online customer access to its extensive assortment regardless of where one shops by providing visibility into inventory held by DSW stores and DSW.com.”

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