Martha Stewart revs e-commerce presence with former Anthropologie exec
New York — Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia said Monday it has named Michael Robinson to the newly created position of VP e-commerce.
Robinson was most recently Anthropologie’s head of e-commerce for Europe and United Kingdom, and was responsible for launching the Anthropologie catalog and website in 1998, as well as introducing the retailer’s loyalty card program.
He has also held managerial and planning positions with Banana Republic and Smith & Hawken.
For Martha Stewart, Robinson is charged with building out the company’s e-commerce presence, including the site it is jointly developing with J.C. Penney Co., slated for a 2013 launch.
"He’s very well-positioned to drive an important company initiative as we expand our e-commerce business in conjunction with J.C. Penney,” said Lisa Gersh, president and COO, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
U.S. judge questions validity of Wal-Mart gender suit
San Francisco — A report by Reuters said that U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer on Friday said he was "seriously concerned" about whether the female plaintiffs suing Wal-Mart Stores have sufficient evidence to proceed with their re-filed gender discrimination lawsuit.
The group is again filing suit against Wal-Mart for allegedly denying them pay raises and promotions for gender-related reasons. The original class action suit of as many as 1.5 million current and former Wal-Mart employers was dismantled by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.
The group filed a reformulated lawsuit in a San Francisco federal court in October, saying they were confining their allegations to California.
At the Friday hearing, Breyer said the plaintiffs could only move forward with a refiled lawsuit if they could show new evidence to overcome the Supreme Court’s criticisms. And Breyer said he had "difficulty" seeing where the plaintiffs had come up with that evidence.
McDonald’s global comps up 3.3% in May
Oak Brook, Ill. — McDonald’s Corp. reported Monday that global same-store sales grew 3.3% in May, led by a 4.4% gain in the United States and 2.9% growth in Europe.
The Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa were down 1.7%.
"I am confident we will continue to deliver long-term sustainable growth as we remain focused on the opportunities that will enable Brand McDonald’s to further extend our relevance to the 68 million customers who we serve around the world every day," said Jim Skinner, CEO.
Systemwide sales for the month increased 1.2%, or 5.6% in constant currencies.