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Lillian Vernon Catalogs Back in the Mail

BY CSA STAFF

Colorado Springs, Colo. Beginning with a “soft launch” mailing of 600,000 catalogs in May, Lillian Vernon is on track with a plan that calls for increasing circulation and steady mailings throughout the year, the company said.

Since the initial catalog mailing in May, order volume has been steadily increasing, the company said.

In addition, Lillian Vernon continues to see strong response through its online channel.

With the expected sales growth during the holiday season, plans are in place to fill as many as 1,100 seasonal positions at the Lillian Vernon call center and distribution center in the existing Virginia Beach facility, the company said.

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Linens ‘N Things earns vendor support

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CLIFTON, N.J. Linens ‘N Things announced that it has obtained the support of many key vendors for its Trade Vendor Payment Program, approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware last month.

Springs Global US, the Yankee Candle Company, Croscill Home Fashions, and M. Block & Sons, four major suppliers of merchandise to the company, have now agreed to participate in the Trade Credit Program, which provides letters of credit of up to $100 million. The company has agreed to limit participation in the Vendor Program to $100 million. To date, over 40 vendors have signed up for the Vendor Program.

We are very appreciative of the widespread support shown by our vendors as we progress with our restructuring and head into the busy fall shopping season, said Michael Gries, chief restructuring officer and interim ceo. The Trade Vendor Payment Program is critical to maintaining positive relationships with the trade community, as we provide our customers with the wide assortment and depth of quality merchandise they expect from Linens ‘N Things. 

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Jones promotes Friedman to ceo, company-owned footwear and apparel

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NEW YORK Jones Apparel Group announced that Jay Friedman has been promoted to ceo of company-owned retail footwear and apparel. Friedman, who previously served as president of company-owned retail footwear and apparel, will continue to report to Andrew Cohen, ceo of footwear, accessories and retail.

Cohen said, “Under Jay’s leadership, the team has implemented a number of initiatives to improve the performance of the retail chain, including enhancing merchandise assortments throughout our stores and remodeling and refreshing our store environments to enhance the consumer’s overall shopping experience. I congratulate him on this well-deserved promotion.”

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