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DSW affiliate will supply Loehmann’s footwear

BY Dan Berthiaume

Columbus, Ohio – The Affiliated Business Group (ABG), a division of DSW Inc., will exclusively supply the footwear departments of all U.S. Loehmann’s stores and the loehmanns.com e-commerce site. The initial rollout of the news arrangement is expected to commence in a few stores starting December, 013 with the balance of the chain and e-commerce launching in the first quarter of 2014. ABG will plan, procure, and deliver the entire women’s and men’s footwear inventory, while Loehmann’s will provide staffing for the shoe departments.

"We are thrilled with our partnership with ABG,” said Loehmann’s CEO Steven Newman. “Through their association with DSW Inc., ABG’s expertise in creating a compelling assortment in footwear at everyday value will elevate our product offering to our savvy fashion conscious customers who already find great designers at amazing prices at our Loehmann’s stores as well as our website."

“We look forward to partnering with Loehmann’s,” said Mike MacDonald, president and CEO of DSW Inc. “Our broad supplier base, product knowledge and retail capability will support Loehmann’s brand positioning objectives. We are confident our partnership will bring our expertise and passion for footwear to Loehmann’s customers."

"We are very pleased to partner with Steven and the Loehmann’s team,” said Affiliated Business Group’s senior VP and GM Christopher Lanning. “We are committed to customizing a fashion footwear assortment and shopping experience that will meet the footwear needs and desires of Loehmann’s customers.”

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Homeland Stores introduces smartphone app

BY Dan Berthiaume

Oklahoma City – Homeland Stores, a regional grocery retailer operating under several banners including Homeland, United, Country Mart, Super Save and Super Plaza, is partnering with mobile payment technology provider DoubleBeam to introduce new iPhone and Android mobile applications that enable customers to pay for purchases via smartphone.

Customers will be able use the free app to locate stores, see weekly specials, create shopping lists, receive exclusive discounts and pay at the checkout directly from their smartphone via a link to their checking account. For now the app will work at select locations with additional stores coming on board soon.

"Homeland Stores is committed to being at the forefront of fulfilling our customers’ needs,” said Darryl Fitzgerald, president and CEO, Homeland Stores. “The mobile app will save our customers time and money each time they use the new Homeland app."

"We are very proud to partner with Homeland and deliver such value to their customers,” said Ted Tekippe, CEO of DoubleBeam. “As more and more people use smartphones in their everyday lives, the opportunity to deliver savings and convenience in the grocery shopping experience has become a reality."

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Toy retailer owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway gets brainy

BY CSA STAFF

OMAHA, Neb. — Oriental Trading Company, a direct retailer of value-priced party supplies, arts and crafts, toys, novelties and school supplies owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has acquired brainy toy manufacturer MindWare Holdings.

MindWare is a manufacturer, wholesaler and direct retailer of what it describes as “brainy toys for kids of all ages,” based in Minneapolis, Minn. Oriental Trading Company is headquartered in Omaha, Neb.

“MindWare’s extensive selection of proprietary, award-winning educational toys, games and books is the perfect addition to our product assortment,” said Sam Taylor, CEO of Oriental Trading Company. “MindWare’s offering includes more than 1,000 educational products and will support our efforts to respond to the needs of educators and parents as we continue our mission to make the world more fun. We look forward to helping the MindWare team grow their brand and accelerate the pace at which they bring fantastic products to market.”

More than half of MindWare’s revenue is generated from exclusive, proprietary toys, games and books the company has created. During the past two years, MindWare’s proprietary products received 46 awards from nine different parenting organizations and publications, including Germany’s “Spiel des Jahres” (Game of the Year) award for Qwirkle. Most recently the company’s Mine Shift game received the Mensa Select Award, one of the most prominent awards in the toy industry.

“We are thrilled to be able to add our games and toys to the many products offered by Oriental Trading,” said Martin Smith, CEO of MindWare. “Like Oriental Trading Company, MindWare has grown from a small family business to a respected leader in its industry. With its broad customer base and large-scale, world-class technology and operations platform, Oriental Trading is clearly an excellent home for our educational products.”

MindWare products are sold via the company’s catalogs and e-commerce site, as well as by specialty and mass market retailers and internationally through distributors in more than 35 countries. Select MindWare products will appear in Oriental Trading’s catalogs and its e-commerce site this holiday season.

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