Ethan Allen names new head furniture group
Danbury, Conn. – Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. has appointed Daniel R. Bradley as its senior VP, Furniture Group. Bradley will lead the merchandising and manufacturing operations for the furniture group.
Bradley’s career in the home furnishings industry includes his most recent role at Furniture Brands International Inc. where he served as president designer brands. Prior to assuming that role, Bradley served as the president and CEO of Ferguson Copeland Ltd. and previously was president of Baker, Knapp and Tubbs.
"I am pleased to have Dan join our team. Ethan Allen is continuing our focus on "The New Eclecticism", which adds fashion, color, and a spirit of mixing things up to our time-honored story of quality, value and style,” said Ethan Allen CEO Farooq Kathwari. “This leap from furniture to fashion is being very well received by our network and by consumers. To accelerate this effort we are repositioning our product programs into two major business units; an accents group and furniture group."
Prilosec enlists Larry the Cable Guy for sweepstakes
Comedian Larry the Cable Guy has teamed up with Prilosec OTC to show racing fans that “You Can’t Beat Zero” by offering them great “Zero Experiences” at two top stock car races and a chance at winning Prilosec OTC’s hottest wheels: a “monster” utility vehicle.
“Racing is one of the best sports in America, and it’s best enjoyed with die-hard fans and tailgate food. When I’m out on the track all day I don’t let heartburn get in the way of a good time," Larry the Cable Guy stated. "That’s why I love Prilosec OTC. One pill a day gives me zero heartburn for a full 24 hours, and trust me, you can’t beat zero heartburn.”
Larry the Cable Guy will kick things off at the Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by another race at the Texas Motor Speedway on April 6. At each stop, Larry will show fans why you can’t beat zero by hosting Prilosec OTC’s first ever “Zero Burn Games.” Game participants will be rewarded, and visitors will have the chance to fill up their tanks on “Zero Cost Concessions,” courtesy of Prilosec OTC.
Fans across the country will be able to keep up with Larry’s racing adventures by visiting FoxSports.com/PrilosecOTC to watch video highlights. Fans will also have the opportunity to win the ultimate tailgate accessory — a “monster” utility vehicle — and set off on an ultimate zero experience of their own by entering the You Can’t Beat Zero Sweepstakes.
From Feb. 20 until May 30, participants can enter at YouCantBeatZero.com for a chance to win the vehicle and a trip for two to a stock car race of their choice courtesy of Prilosec OTC. One winner will be chosen at random to receive the prize pack, which includes two tickets to a 2014 stock car race, a “monster” utility vehicle, travel and accommodations (a two-night hotel stay and air transportation for each destination), and one $1,000 gift card.
eBay acquires virtual fitting room provider
eBay has acquired PhiSix, a computer graphics company that creates 3-D models of clothing from photos, pattern files and other sources and simulates the behavior of the garments.
PhiSix’s technology allows consumers to see how clothes fit, look and move in different environments without actually having to try them on, and can be used in online and offline environments.
In a blog post, eBay said PhiSix technology may be utilized for omnichannel commerce so users can shop anytime, anywhere, from any device. eBay also said it believes it can integrate the PhiSix technology to power various online and physical store shopping experiences.
“PhiSix’s innovative technology can help solve one of the common problems online shoppers face — fit and look,” said eBay in the blog post. “With a virtual fitting room enabled by PhiSix technology, shoppers can determine fit with physically accurate simulations of the garments. The technology is able to recommend a size for the user’s body based on basic measurement inputs. All of this points to an immersive shopping experience that enables consumers to try on clothes virtually before buying online, which the company believes will reduce returns and enhance the overall shopping experience. PhiSix technology may be utilized for omni-channel commerce so users can shop anytime, anywhere, from any device.
“The technology could also be integrated across the entire eBay Inc. portfolio to enable a more immersive and compelling user experience so consumers can make informed choices whether at home or in a store.”
According to media reports, eBay hopes that PhiSix technology can help reduce the frequency of customer returns, and intends to deploy the solution both in stores and online by the end of 2014.
“This is an exciting opportunity for us to bring PhiSix’s expertise to one of the world’s leading commerce platforms,” said Jonathan Su, founder of PhiSix and a former Intel scientist. “We believe today’s acquisition will help us better scale our expertise and meet the needs of digitally-minded shoppers and create new customer experiences for the eBay portfolio.”
Financial terms were not disclosed.