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Entrance Inc.

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Entrance Inc., introduces its new line of durable Matador rugs. Matador rugs provide photo quality graphics in widths up to 10′ and lengths up to 50′. Matador rugs can be bound or serged for a classic finished appearance. Matador rugs are easily cleaned and rubber anti skid backing keeps the rug firmly in place.

For more information please contact Ed Collins at Entrance Inc., 800-831-0481 or [email protected]. Or visit the website at EntranceInc.com.

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QVC launches a second channel

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WEST CHESTER, Pa. — Leading video and e-commerce retailer QVC has launched a second broadcast channel, QVC Plus. QVC Plus will maintain the QVC brand and television experience including shows, exclusive products and program hosts, airing on a three-hour delay of QVC’s current live broadcast.

"One of the secrets of QVC’s success is that we offer customers the joy of discovery," said Mary Campbell, SVP, multichannel platforms at QVC. "QVC Plus provides an additional discovery experience for our customers, and more ways to view our unique, ever-changing curation of people, places and finds."

The new channel aims to provide the same customer service experience as QVC’s primary channel, providing onscreen graphics indicating that it is a pre-recorded show. Future plans for the channel may include exclusive special programming to further expand QVC’s offerings. QVC’s international operations in the UK and Germany have offered multiple broadcast channels for some time now, some dedicated specifically to QVC’s prestige beauty offerings.

QVC Plus will be immediately available to DIRECTV customers (channels 79 and 315), as well as MCTV (channel 158), Kuhn Communications (channel 214), Thames Valley (channel 94) and Cincinnati Bell Fioptics (channel 244). In addition, QVC has confirmed carriage deals with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. QVC Plus will be available to Bright House Network subscribers beginning in September in the following markets: Bakersfield, Calif. (channels 250 and 1250 HD); Birmingham, Ala. (channels 273 and 1273 HD); Detroit, Mich. (channels 188 and 388 HD); Indianapolis, Ind. (channels 273 and 1273 HD); Central Fla. (channels 225 and 1329 HD); and Tampa, Fla. (channels 162 and 1329 HD).

QVC Plus will be broadcast live on QVC’s website, and additional digital commerce functionality will be coming soon.

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Jo-Ann appoints SVP for store ops

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HUDSON, Ohio — Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has appointed Tom Williams to SVP of store operations and human resources, replacing Ken Haverkost.

Haverkost announced his retirement as EVP of store operations, a position he held since joining the company in 2007. He will remain a part-time employee through March 2014 to assist in the transition process.

“We’d like to thank Ken for his contributions to our business over the past six years, along with the leadership he’s provided within our organization. We wish him the best in his retirement. He will truly be missed,” said Travis Smith, CEO and president of Jo-Ann Stores.

In addition to retaining his current responsibilities overseeing all corporate human resources functions for Jo-Ann, Williams will assume responsibility for leading the store operations organization, covering more than 18,000 employees and more than 800 stores.

“Tom has provided great leadership to the entire organization through his role as the head of human resources,” said Smith. “We’re excited to see him extend his influence directly over our field organization. Tom’s knowledge of our business, along with his customer-centric approach, makes him the perfect person to lead our field team into the future.”

According to the company, since Williams joined in 1998, he has revamped its performance management program and expanded leadership competencies and succession planning. Williams will continue to serve as chairman of the company’s benefits advisory committee.

Williams is a graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., with a bachelor’s of science in accounting along with a master’s in leadership and business ethics from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. He currently serves on the board of directors for Shelter Care. He and his wife, Melody, live in Stow, Ohio, and have four children and one grandchild.

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