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Lord & Taylor signs on as exclusive retail sponsor for ‘Project Runway’

BY Marianne Wilson

New York – Lord & Taylor is teaming up with Lifetime’s popular "Project Runway" television show for the program’s eleventh season, making it the show’s exclusive retail sponsor.

As part of the sponsorship deal, the show will feature a custom-built “accessory wall” featuring an assortment of Lord & Taylor’s shoes, handbags and accessories, which contestants will use to complete their looks during each challenge.

In addition, customers can predict the season’s winner for a chance to win a $2,500 Lord & Taylor gift card to be used toward creating their very own accessory wall.

“We are very excited to partner with ‘Project Runway’ again for its eleventh season,” said Bonnie Brooks, president of Hudson’s Bay Company, the retailer’s parent company. “Runway’s mission is very much in alignment with Lord & Taylor’s legacy of launching the careers of major American designers, and we look forward to continuing the relationship.”

Lord & Taylor will also host an episode challenge at its Fifth Avenue flagship, which will air Thursday, March 21. As part of the grand prize, the retailer will offer the winner of "Project Runway" the opportunity to sell their collection at the store.

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Apr-02-2013 08:54 pm

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In addition, customers can predict the season's winner for a chance to win a $2,500 Lord & Taylor gift card to be used toward creating their very own accessory wall. Chatrandom

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Apr-02-2013 08:54 pm

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S.Anderson says:
Feb-28-2013 04:24 pm

If this works out for them I
If this works out for them I intend to start my own little business projects as well. If you want to grow a business you have to look for the opportunities and be fearless, I learned that much so far.

S.Anderson says:
Feb-28-2013 04:24 pm

If this works out for them I intend to start my own little business projects as well. If you want to grow a business you have to look for the opportunities and be fearless, I learned that much so far.

T.Flores says:
Feb-12-2013 08:35 am

Thank you for this post, it
Thank you for this post, it gives me a big help in terms of "Project Runway" which I'm looking since last week. The good thing was, the retailer will offer the winner of "Project Runway" the opportunity to sell their collection at the store. I heard lots of people are looking for an idea on mastering online and mastering studio as well.

T.Flores says:
Feb-12-2013 08:35 am

Thank you for this post, it gives me a big help in terms of "Project Runway" which I'm looking since last week. The good thing was, the retailer will offer the winner of "Project Runway" the opportunity to sell their collection at the store. I heard lots of people are looking for an idea on mastering online and mastering studio as well.

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Specialty retail jeweler scores 24K win with digital makeover

BY CSA STAFF

ARMONK, N.Y. and AKRON — Signet Jewelers teamed up with IBM to give its national U.S. store chains, Kay Jewelers and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, a digital makeover.

The digital marketing redesign has transformed the multichannel experience for Kay and Jared customers, according to Signet, and resulted in consistent sales growth, including a year-over-year increase of 49% in online sales, as reported in the company’s recently announced holiday sales for fiscal 2013.

Consultants from IBM Global Business Services and its digital consulting and design practice, IBM Interactive, collaborated with Signet to develop a more consistent, branded and personalized customer experience for Kay and Jared customers everywhere they shop, whether in a physical store, online or via mobile.

Key components of the multi-phased strategy include the launch of new transactional mobile sites, which enable customers to shop and purchase Kay and Jared products from their mobile phones, and a redesign of the Kay.com and Jared.com websites, which went live before the holiday shopping season.

The new sites combine enable shoppers to find, compare and purchase products online, and boast new custom features that deliver a more guided, personalized shopping experience. Shoppers can chat live with a customer service representative, compare product details side-by-side to help determine their selection and track recently viewed items.

In addition to the customer service enhancements, Signet U.S. also revamped its online credit practices, introducing first-to-market solutions for its industry. As part of this effort, new credit customers now have the ability to access payment information and existing customers can review available credit balance and account details right from the Kay and Jared sites.

"Much of Signet Jewelers’ success in building Kay and Jared into two of the most trusted retail brands can be attributed to the expertise and superior customer service they deliver to create a world-class shopping experience," said Paul Papas , smarter commerce global leader, IBM Global Business Services. "In an industry known for being married to tradition, Signet Jewelers is a shining example of how bricks and mortar retailers are redefining the customer experience and embracing digital channels, like mobile and social, as part of their overall strategy to deliver personalized interactions to their customers at every touch point."

"As we continue to evolve to best meet the needs of today’s consumers in a rapidly changing digital world, we have placed a priority on developing a convenient digital eco-system that allows shoppers to easily connect with us across all channels, all the time," said George Murray , SVP, marketing, Signet Jewelers U.S. Division. "This focus has allowed us to create a world-class e-commerce and mobile selling solution, and accelerate our constant efforts to innovate the customer experience."

Signet’s US division operates more than 1,325 stores in all 50 states primarily under the name brands of Kay Jewelers and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry. Its UK division operates more than 500 stores primarily under the name brands of H.Samuel and Ernest Jones.

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Williams-Sonoma holiday sales up 4.8%

BY Staff Writer

San Francisco — Williams-Sonoma reported that its revenue increased 4.8% to $1.01 billion for the nine-week period ended Dec.30.The company also backed its fourth-quarter and full-year forecast.

Williams-Sonoma will discuss its performance in more detail in March when it releases its fourth quarter results.

Company president and CEO Laura Alber said the chain’s performance reflected the strength of its brands even amid a time of consumer uncertainty and intense promotional activity across the retail industry.

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