Kohl’s renews Simply Vera license early
Menomonee Falls, Wis. — Kohl’s Corp. said Tuesday it has renewed its long-term license agreement to be the exclusive seller of Simply Vera Vera Wang clothing and other merchandise, and plans to expand the line into makeup.
The original deal, which Kohl’s signed with designer Vera Wang in 2006, has been lucrative for the retail chain. Vera Wang clothing, underwear, pajamas, purses, leather accessories, jewelry, footwear, bedding and bath products generated 48% of Kohl’s sales in the latest third quarter, up "significantly" from 2009, the company said.
Staples expands printing business
Framingham, Mass. — Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, announced that its Print Solutions business has acquired PRINTSouth Corp. (operating as “Miami Systems”), a leading national manufacturer of business forms. Customers of Staples Print Solutions and Miami Systems will benefit from expanded product and service offerings, improved distribution capabilities and shared best practices, Staples reported.
“We welcome Miami Systems to the Staples company. We share the same values and beliefs, and are committed to growing within the print solutions marketplace,” said Jay Baitler, executive VP Staples Advantage. “Together, our combined businesses will make it easy for customers through nationwide manufacturing coverage and unparalleled value and service.”
Founded in 1926, Miami Systems has evolved into a leading national provider of transactional documents and related managed services with about $70 million in sales. Miami Systems’ products and services encompass the printing and management of business forms, inserts, envelopes and labels. Its business forms product line includes computer forms, mailers, scan forms and snap-out forms.
Giant-Landover president to exit at end of year
Landover, Md. — Two-and-a-half years after joining the company, Robin Michel is leaving as president of the Giant-Landover division of Ahold USA to pursue other opportunities, the company confirmed Monday.
Michel will depart at the end of the month, according to Ahold USA spokesperson Sara Neumann. She will be replaced on a temporary basis as operations chief by Don Sussman, executive VP supply chain at Ahold, while the company conducts a search for a successor.
Michel, a veteran of Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarket, joined Giant in June 2008 as executive VP and general manager. Her appointment as the Maryland-based supermarket chain’s top manager was part of a major overhaul in management and operational structure at both Giant and its Braintree, Mass.-based parent company, a division of the Dutch-based Ahold retail conglomerate.
As part of that realignment, Ahold USA broke its two U.S. divisions into four parts — consisting of Stop & Shop New England, Stop & Shop Metro New York, Giant-Landover and Giant-Carlisle — to make them more nimble and responsive to local market conditions. In line with that change, Carl Schlicker, who formerly oversaw the Stop & Shop/Giant-Landover division under the old corporate structure, was named CEO of the four U.S. operations of Ahold USA Retail.
The renewal effort is ongoing at Giant-Landover.
“Giant plans 26 new and remodeled or expanded stores during the next 12 months,” the company reported on its website, “with much larger produce departments and salad bars,” as well as gourmet meat shops, expanded delis, more natural and organic foods, pharmacies, Staples office supplies and “entertainment centers featuring books, magazines and DVDs.”