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Census Bureau: Online shopping and mail-order businesses jump 27%

BY Marianne Wilson

Washington, D.C. — Online shopping is showing rapid growth compared to the rest of the retail trade sector, with the number of establishments growing 27.4% between 2011 and 2012, according to new U.S. Census Bureau statistics released today. Drawn from County Business Patterns: 2012, the new data provides the only detailed annual information on the number of establishments, employees and payroll for nearly 1,200 industries at the national, state and county levels.

The number of electronic shopping and mail-order houses establishments grew from 23,697 to 30,185 between 2011 and 2012. Employment climbed 13.7% to 365,508. In contrast, for the retail trade sector as a whole, which includes traditional brick-and-mortar stores, the number of establishments rose just 0.1%, while employment climbed 0.7%.

The greatest employment increases in electronic shopping and mail-order houses were concentrated in counties within Southern California, the New York metro area, Chicago metro area, and other metro areas such as Memphis, Tenn. (Shelby County), Las Vegas (Clark County), Grand Rapids, Mich. (Kent County), Columbus, Ohio (Franklin County) and Minneapolis (Hennepin County). In addition, two counties in North Carolina (Guilford and Wake, home of Greensboro and Raleigh, respectively) and one in Missouri (Clay, near Kansas City) also had large gains in employment for this industry.

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David’s Tea names CEO

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Montreal — Canadian retailer David’s Tea has named Sylvain Toutant as president and CEO. He will be responsible for all operations at the company and oversee its growth in Canada, the United States and around the world. He will also serve on the board of directors.

Most recently, Toutant was president of Keurig Canada, where he accelerated growth through a strategic alliance with Keurig Green Mountain in the United States. He also headed Keurig’s operations in the United Kingdom.

David’s Tea operates more than 125 locations in Canada and the United States.

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Jo-Ann names Express, Sears veterans to exec posts

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New York — Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores named Jim Wright as senior VP of marketing and advertising, and Megan Featherston as senior VP of merchandising.

Wright has served in multiple marketing leadership roles at national retail brands. He was most recently senior VP of marketing at Express where he was responsible for their brick-and-mortar and e-commerce advertising and marketing strategies.

Featherston’s background includes leadership positions for buying, product design and development, planning and allocation, as well as promotion in various retail environments. She was recently president of the fine jewelry business unit at Sears Holdings Corporation.

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