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Cole Haan, Tokyo

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A brand known for its American craftsmanship has opened a flagship in the heart of the Ginza, one of the premier shopping districts in Tokyo.

The 2,000-sq.-ft. space marks the new face of Cole Haan for its retail stores as it expands. It blends tradition and modernity in a casually elegant environment, with distinct presentations for both female and male shoppers.

The design celebrates the brand as it expands into new markets and creates new products with an indigo tile 'shell' that is distinctive and memorable. Inside, each “room” is fashioned as a chapter in the Cole Haan story.

The flagship carries the full Cole Haan lifestyle collection, which includes footwear, small leather goods, outerwear, sunglasses, jewelry, and other items.

Design: Anderson Architects, New York City, in partnership with local architects, Garde Co., Ltd.; (working together, under the direction of Cole Haan VP creative director Andy Gray).


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Coke eyes Monster opportunity to energize growth

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The Coca-Cola Company plans to acquire a 16.7% interest in Monster Beverage Corporation in an unconventional partnership arrangement involving brands, global distribution and $2.15 billion in cash.

The companies entered into a long-term strategic partnership designed to leverage their respective strengths — Coke’s worldwide bottling system and Monster’s expertise in the energy segment of the beverage category — to accelerate growth globally.

In addition to acquiring a 16.7% interest in Monster for $2.15 billion, Coca-Cola will gain two seats on Monster’s board of directors and the companies will engage in a big brand swap. Coca-Cola will transfer ownership of its worldwide energy business and brands such as NOS, Full Throttle, Burn, Mother, Play and Power Play, and Relentless, to Monster. In return, Monster will transfer its non-energy business, including Hansen’s Natural Sodas, Peace Tea, Hubert’s Lemonade and Hansen’s Juice Products, to Coca-Cola.

The intent of the brand exchange is to align product portfolios and enable those portfolios to benefit from each company’s respective brand marketing, production and distribution strengths and optimize the parties’ capital and resource allocation, according to the companies.

Another key aspect of the deal relates to distribution. Coca-Cola will become Monster’s preferred distribution partner globally and Monster will become Coca-Cola’s exclusive energy play.

“The Coca-Cola Company continues to identify innovative approaches to partnerships that enable us to stay at the forefront of consumer trends in the beverage industry,” said Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of Coca-Cola. “Our equity investment in Monster is a capital efficient way to bolster our participation in the fast-growing and attractive global energy drinks category.”

Kent added that, “Monster has been an important part of our global system since 2008, so we have experienced first-hand Monster’s performance-driven and entrepreneurial culture, proven success in building and extending the Monster brand and their strong product innovation pipeline.”

Monster chairman and CEO Rodney Sacks characterized the deal as a unique opportunity for the company to drive global growth.

“We gain enhanced access to The Coca-Cola Company’s distribution system, the most powerful and extensive system in the world. At the same time, we become The Coca-Cola Company’s exclusive energy play, with a robust portfolio led by our Monster Energy line and The Coca-Cola Company’s energy brands,” Sacks said. “Our business will be bolstered by The Coca-Cola Company energy brands we will acquire, providing us with complementary energy product offerings in many geographies, as well as access to new channels, including vending and specialty accounts.”

By leveraging Coca-Cola’s global distribution and bottling system, Monster vice chairman and president Hilton Schlosberg said Monster’s position as one of the world’s leading energy beverage companies would be greatly enhanced, producing myriad benefits for shareholders.

“We expect the transaction to significantly accelerate our growth and results of operations internationally, and we plan to review all options available to return a substantial amount of cash to our shareholders,” Schlosberg said.

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J.C. Penney rallies with solid Q2, suggesting turnaround

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Plano, Texas — J.C. Penney answered Wall Street questions about whether or not the struggling department store retailer could stage a comeback — by posting better-than-expected profit and revenue in the second quarter.

Analysts have been awaiting results, many saying that if Penney could manage to beat projected same-store sales or cut its forecast deficit, it could become an analyst darling. Penney started to regain the trust of a few watchers earlier this year when it reported a first-quarter same-store sales increase of 6.2%, trumping the 4.1% gain that had been projected.

For the quarter ended Aug. 2, Penney reported a same-store sales rise of 6%, edging the projected 5.8% gain. Revenue improved for the third consecutive quarter, to $2.8 billion from $2.66 billion in the year-ago period. Wall Street expected revenue of $2.79 billion. E-commerce was a big quarterly winner, improving 16.7% year-over-year to $249 million.

Penney narrowed its year-ago loss of $586 million to $172 million this year.

Penney has faced an uphill battle, trying to rebound from former CEO Ron Johnson’s overhaul efforts that resulted in plummeting sales, internal splintering, and 10 consecutive quarters of missed revenue projections. Thursday’s report has lifted Wall Street spirits.

"Our turnaround initiatives continue to produce improved financial results," CEO Myron Ullman said in a statement. "In the second quarter, we gained additional market share while significantly increasing gross margin in a highly competitive promotional environment."

Penney said it expects sales to rise in the mid-single digits in the current quarter and backed its outlook for the year. It expects full-year same-store sales growth in the mid-single digits.

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