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Fashion Project partners with Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman

BY Dan Berthiaume

Boston – Online clothing donation service Fashion Project is partnering with Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman to provide a personalized charitable clothing donation service for customers who participate in the InCircle loyalty program. All members, regardless of their annual spending, can utilize the White Glove Clothing Donation service to donate used luxury clothing, shoes, and accessories to a charity of their choice.

The Fashion Project service and accompanying wardrobe consultation are one of the new benefits the retailers are offering InCircle members in celebration of their 30th anniversary. The White Glove Clothing Donation service powered by Fashion Project offers pickup services for customers donating 10 items or more for locations within 30 miles of a Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf Goodman store. For every 10 items donated, InCircle members will earn $100 gift cards to Neiman Marcus or Bergdorf Goodman, up to $1,000.

"Partnering with Fashion Project to offer the White Glove donation service presents our InCircle customers with an unprecedented opportunity to give back," said Maggie Lucas, director of InCircle, credit and gift card marketing for Neiman Marcus Group Services. "With the help of Fashion Project, we are able to ensure our clothing is well cared for and working towards a worthy cause after it leaves our stores."

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Empowering women with expanded assortments

BY CSA STAFF

A Walmart initiative begun a year ago to offer an online assortment of products from small women-owned businesses has expanded to the retailer’s stores.

The initiative is part of Walmart’s “Empowering Women Together,” platform and is timed to coordinate with Mother’s Day. Walmart, in collaboration with Full Circle Exchange, an innovative social enterprise brand, identified five suppliers to bring new products into Walmart stores this spring including, Caribbean Craft, Fidenzo Designs, Nirmal, Soreh Designs and women refugees employed at Full Circle’s facility in Boise, Idaho. For the first time, as a part of Walmart’s Empowering Women Together initiative, the small women-owned businesses from the U.S., Peru, Haiti and India are being introduced to a nationwide audience of shoppers. Among the nearly 50 products available now available at 2,600 Walmart stores are scarves, aprons, mugs, chocolate gift sets and greeting cards.

“Empowering Women Together began as an online platform one year ago, and this spring we are bringing select products in-store. By offering these products in-store, several small women-owned businesses will now have access to more than an estimated 100 million shoppers,” said MiKaela Wardlaw Lemmon, senior director of Women’s Economic Empowerment at Walmart. “We are excited to offer this opportunity to both our customers and suppliers. Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the special women in our lives. This Mother’s Day assortment allows our customers to give gifts that will not only wow mom, but uplift women around the world.”

Empowering Women Together launched in March 2013 as an online platform with 19 suppliers representing nine countries and more than 200 items. Since launch, Empowering Women Together has grown to more than 30 suppliers in 11 different countries with more than 350 products

The Empowering Women Together program is part of Walmart’s larger commitment to increase sourcing from women-owned businesses. Other goals include sourcing $20 billion from women-owned businesses for its U.S. business and double sourcing from women suppliers for the international markets where it does business.

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Additions to Supervalu board

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Supervalu has elected Frank (Terry) Savage and Mathew Pendo to its board of directors.

Savage and Pendo were both appointed to the board as designees of Symphony Investors, a Cerberus Capital Management-led investor consortium, under the terms of the tender offer agreement entered into with Symphony Investors and Cerberus in connection with Supervalu’s sale of five banners to an affiliate of Symphony Investors. Symphony Investors owns approximately 20.9% of Supervalu’s outstanding common stock.

Savage is currently a senior advisor to Lazard and the former vice chairman of U.S. Investment Banking at Lazard.

Pendo is currently a managing director at Sandler O’Neill Partners, a boutique investment banking firm focused on the financial services industry.

The board now has 11 members, nine of whom are independent directors under the New York Stock Exchange listing standards.

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