Education and networking abound at SPECS 2010
New York City Chain Store Age’s 46th annual SPECS (store planning, equipment, construction and facilities services) conference, held March 7- 10, in Kissimmee Fla., brought together top retailers and suppliers from around the country for three and a half days of networking and educational opportunities.
With many of the sessions standing-room only, the program included six individual targeted tracks, ranging from planning & design to facilities to foodservice. The educational program concluded with a general session, a leadership panel on sustainability, moderated by Justin Doak, founder, ecoxera. Participants included Yalmaz Siddiqui, director of environmental strategy, Office Depot; Vaughan Lazar, co-founder and president, Pizza Fusion; and Mark Peternell, VP sustainability, Regency Centers.
Mark your calendars now for SPECS 2011, March 13-16, at the Gaylord Texas, Grapevine, Texas.
Sam’s Club honors outstanding Hispanic business owners
BENTONVILLE, Ark. Sam’s Club has announced the winners of the “Como Si: Doing Business Today for Tomorrow!” contest.
The winners of the nationwide contest, presented by Sam’s Club and The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, were selected from contestants who submitted short videos promoting their small business, detailing what has brought their enterprise through today’s tough economic environment and what their plan is to “keep up and keep going.” The winners were chosen for originality, creativity, relevance and clarity of their videos.
The winners are:
Delmy Franco, My Tidy Files – North Hollywood, Ca. Alba Gonzalez-Nylander, Alba Video Production – Franklin, Tenn. Michelle Manon, Tamahli – San Antonio, Texas Jesus Ojeda, Ojeda’s, Inc – Des Moines, Iowa Molly Dalton Robbins, Palomita and Chucho Clothing – San Rafael, Ca. Maria de Lourdes Sobrino, Lulu’s – Anaheim, Ca. Nelson Soler, Multicultural Entrepreneurial Institute, Inc – Milwaukee, Wisc. Roger Villeda, Villeda Marketing International – Denver, Colo. Lilian Jimenez, Jimenez Communications – Fontana, Ca. Jennifer Fuentes, Independent Beauty Consultant – San Antonio, Texas
The winners receive a trip to the home office of Sam’s Club in Bentonville, Ark. to learn about incorporating the latest technology into their businesses while creating a better bottom line.
“Small business owners are pressed to find more effective and affordable ways to promote their business and compete in a tough economic environment. They must do so while learning new skills, such as managing cash flow, logistics and human resources. We are pleased to be part of an initiative that can help deliver valuable information to those who are eager to learn and apply it,” said Carlos Doubleday, Sam’s Club VP.
Collective Brands reports 4Q, FY results
TOPEKA, Kan. Collective Brands reported that its fourth-quarter net loss was $10.9 million, or 17 cents per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $144 million, or $2.28 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2008.
Full-year 2009 net earnings increased to $82.7 million, or $1.28 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $68.7 million, or $1.09 per diluted share in 2008.
Collective Brands’ fourth quarter 2009 net sales were $741.7 million up 0.9%. The company’s fourth quarter 2009 comparable-store sales increased 0.7%.
Collective Brands’ 2009 net sales were $3.31 billion, down 3.9%. The company’s 2009 comparable-store sales decreased 2.3%. related to litigation, asset impairments, severance, cancellation of performance share units, and the expiration of the Tommy Hilfiger adult footwear license.