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Halston launches e-commerce site, plans new stores

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Halston is launching its digital flagship store in more than 80 countries today, including the U.S., and Canada. The vertical e-commerce site will feature Halston Heritage apparel and accessories. The brand is also expanding its physical presence, with plans to expand to more than 20 locations by yearend.

The launch of the online store is a partnership between Halston and Branded Online, an innovative e-commerce provider who developed the proprietary platform, and will manage all back-office functions including fulfillment, distribution and client services. The day-to-day business including merchandising, marketing, brand creative and brand communication will be run by Halston. The site will serve as a complement to the retailer’s ongoing digital strategy, which is designed to strengthen direct communication and interaction with Halston clients and fans through the digital space and social media platforms.

This e-commerce launch follows the rollout of the first Halston Heritage retail stores earlier this year. There are currently seven stores worldwide and the company plans to have more than 20 by the end of the year.

“The launch of Halston’s first e-commerce store is an important milestone for one of America’s most iconic fashion brands,” said Ben Malka, chairman and CEO of Halston “The site will serve as our global flagship and will give us the opportunity to present the brand the way we envision it, while reaching new audiences in new markets across the world.”

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TABS Group forms dedicated Wal-Mart analytics team to enhance insights at chain

BY Marianne Wilson

Shelton, Conn. — TABS Group, a technology-enabled analytics firm, has announced the formation of a senior-level team dedicated to supporting internal and customer-related initiatives with Walmart.

TABS Group will tap into its new talent base to obtain a comprehensive understanding as to how the largest U.S. retail chain operates on a chain and local level. The insights gained will benefit Walmart and consumer products manufacturers and further contributes to the firm’s mission to simplify and improve the way analytics is conducted within the industry.

The new TABS Group analysts have a high level of expertise on Wal-Mart and retain outstanding credibility with the retailer. They previously held positions at IRI Worldwide, a leading provider of syndicated retail sales data.

As the newly appointed VP of client services at TABS Group, Kayla Fromm-Mendoza will focus exclusively on Walmart’s internal analytical needs. John Powell, also appointed to VP of client service, will serve as a liaison between manufacturers and Wal-Mart initiatives.

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Fire hits Bangladesh garment factory

BY Dan Berthiaume

Dhaka, Bangladesh – Another deadly fire has reportedly hit a garment factory in Bangladesh. According to Bloomberg, an Oct. 8 blaze at a garment factory near the Bangladesh capital city of Dhaka killed 10 workers and injured more than 50.

The non-profit group Clean Clothes Campaign said the factory manufactures brands linked to retailers including Asda (owned by Wal-Mart), Loblaw and Hudson’s Bay. A Wal-Mart spokesperson said some of the company’s suppliers source fabric from the factory but it does not have any direct contractual relationship with the factory.

A major fire at another garment factory in Bangladesh killed more than 100 people in November 2012 and a garment factory collapse killed more than 1,000 people six months ago, leading to promises of new, tougher safety standards for factories in the country.

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