STORE SPACES

DuPont issues warning on illegal refrigerants, particularly R-22 and R-438A

BY Staff Writer

Wilmington, Del. — DuPont Refrigerants urges HVACR industry members to be aware of potential counterfeit and illegally imported refrigerant products, with particular attention to R-22 and R-438A. R-438A is a patented product from DuPont, sold as DuPont ISCEON® MO99 refrigerant.

“There have been a number of indications in the marketplace that illegal imports are on the rise as well as illegally imported China-produced R-438A,” said Jim Bachman, North American sales and marketing manager, DuPont Refrigerants. “We encourage vigilance and smart procurement practices. It is more important than ever to know who you’re buying from.”

Every DuPont-produced refrigerant in non-refillable containers (DACs) has a unique identifier known as a DuPont IZON hologram. This authentication security device, located on the cylinder, certifies that the product is genuine DuPont.

Illegally imported R-22 and R-22 substitutes have been found to contain a combination of hydrocarbons, which make the refrigerants flammable. Often these knock-off refrigerants do not have approval under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Significant New Alternatives Policy Program and pose a significant risk to business owners and equipment owners, both financially and from a safety standpoint.

“We are asking distributors, contractors and end-users to alert DuPont if they encounter product in the marketplace that may be illegally imported,” said Bachman. “We have become aware of products in the marketplace that mirror the marketing claims and product packaging of DuPont ISCEON MO99 refrigerant. The ISCEON MO99 brand has tremendous market awareness and contractor preference as an R-22 alternative, making it a target for illegal imports.”

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Perry Ellis launches global shopping for all e-commerce sites

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Miami — Perry Ellis International announced that is has expanded its e-commerce reach and worldwide accessibility with the launch of international shipping on all its e-commerce sites, provided by FiftyOne Global Ecommerce.

Among the over 100 countries Perry Ellis now serves are Canada, Australia, Mexico, Japan and many others across North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

“Our company has a diverse portfolio of brands known and respected around the world, so it was the natural progression to offer this important service as we grow and elevate our ecommerce business,” said Michelle Magallon, VP e-commerce for Perry Ellis International. “Working with a proven and trustworthy international service provider like FiftyOne was one of the most important factors in providing our customers the stellar service they expect, no matter where in the world they call home.”

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Francesca’s Q3 net earnings up 78%; 80 stores on tap for fiscal 2013

BY Marianne Wilson

Houston — Francesca’s Holdings Corp. reported that net earnings in the fourth quarter rose 78% to $14.9 from $8.4 million in the same quarter last year. The company also said it plans to open 80 stores in fiscal year 2013.

Net sales in the quarter ended February 2, 2013, rose 40.6% to $86.7 million, compared with net sales of $61.7 million during the same period in fiscal 2011. Same-stores sales in the quarter increased 9.2%, driven by increased transactions and strong growth in its clothing and jewelry categories.

"We are well positioned with the teams and capabilities to continue expansion of our boutique base, increase boutique productivity and further develop our direct-to-customer presence,” said CEO Neil Davis. “Looking ahead, we continue our growth trajectory with 80 openings for fiscal 2013, reaching the milestone of over 400 locations by the end of the first quarter."

For the full year, net sales increased 45.2% to $296.4 million. Same-store sales rose 14.9%.

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