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JoS. A. Bank on track to open 30 to 40 new stores

BY CSA STAFF

Hampstead, Md. JoS. A. Bank Clothiers said Thursday it’s on track to open 30 to 40 new stores in fiscal 2010.

The company said that it will have opened its twelfth store this year by Sunday.

“After the slow-down in new store openings in fiscal year 2009, we are very pleased to return to our more accelerated store opening pace in fiscal year 2010,” said president and CEO R. Neal Black.

The company opened about 13 net new stores in 2009 as the company sought to lower costs to offset slower sales due to the economic downturn.

During the first quarter, the company’s net income rose 38% as customers who had held off on buying clothes started to restock their closets.

JoS. A. Bank last month also said it’s also getting into the tuxedo business.

The company started renting tuxedos at 32 stores in January and, based on robust business, said last month it would roll that service out to all of its locations this year.

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Whole Foods toughens personal-care organics policy

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WASHINGTON According to The Organic Consumers Association, Whole Foods Market has introduced a new policy that states that it believes personal-care products that claim to be organic should meet the same standards as food products, which are currently regulated by the USDA’s national organic program.

“In the wake of the BP oil spill, Whole Foods’ announcement couldn’t come at a better time. Now more than ever, Americans are searching for alternatives to petro-chemicals, including in the bodycare aisle,” says Ronnie Cummins, co-founder and executive director of OCA. “The new Whole Foods policy is a major victory for people who want to stop washing petrochemical formulations all over their bodies and then down the drain.  These consumers want trusted options for real organic personal care. Whole Foods policy will force major organic cheater brands to drop organic claims from their branding and labeling.”

 

 

Whole Foods’ new policy mandates that “organic product” or “product made with organic [specified ingredients]” claims must be certified under the USDA National Organic Program, just like food.  A more limited “contains organic ingredients” claim for personal care may be certified under the NSF ANSI 305 standard, which has additional allowances for personal care products.  All organic claims which are not certified, including “organics” in branding must otherwise be dropped. Brands have been told they have until August 1 to explain how they will change their labeling or formulations to comply with the new standard. Those that don’t submit an explanation are expected to be dropped from store shelves over the coming year while those that comply will have until June 1, 2011 to be in full compliance with Whole Foods’ new policy, OCA reported.  

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RadioShack names SVP human resources

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FORT WORTH, Texas RadioShack announced that Mary Ann Doran has been named SVP human resources. She is responsible for RadioShack’s overall policy and strategy related to human resources. Doran reports to Julian Day, chairman and CEO.

“We’re pleased to have Mary Ann join our leadership team,” Day said. “Her depth of retail experience and her passion for training and development will advance our commitment to delivering a smart, helpful in-store experience that addresses the changing needs of our customers and maintains The Shack’s leadership position in mobility.”

Doran joins RadioShack after serving as SVP human resources for Zale Corp. in Irving, Texas, where she had worked since 1996. Doran’s earlier experiences in human resources also include The Bombay Company, of Fort Worth, Texas, and the Jordan Marsh Stores Corp. of Boston, a regional department-store chain that ultimately joined the Macy’s organization.

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