NRF Welcomes Economic Stimulus Package
Washington The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed an agreement on economic stimulus legislation reached Thursday between the Bush Administration and House leaders. The tentative deal would grant individuals a maximum rebate of $600 and married couples up to $1,200, plus $300 per child.
“The proposal put forth today is simple, targeted economic stimulus that will quickly put money into consumers’ pockets where it can boost economic growth by creating demand throughout all sectors of the economy,” NRF senior VP for government relations Steve Pfister said. “Given the financial stress that consumers will be under in the coming year, stimulus legislation is essential to the health of our nation’s economy and to the jobs that rely upon the strength of that economy.”
However, with consumers grappling with high debt, rising food and fuel costs, and negative savings, some retail experts said the proposed $150 billion stimulus package would not do enough to spur flagging consumer spending.
“Everybody recognizes that the stimulus is not going to do anything on a permanent basis. It’s just a drop in the bucket,” said Howard Davidowitz, chairman of New York-based retail consulting firm Davidowitz & Associates Inc.
Whitman to step down as eBay ceo
SAN JOSE, Calif. Meg Whitman is stepping down as president and ceo of eBay.
eBay today confirmed reports that Whitman was planning to leave her post as head of the company. Whitman will resign from her role as president and ceo on March 31. She will remain on the company’s board of directors.
Whitman joined eBay in March 1998 and helped lead the company toward its growth from 500,000 registered users, just 30 employees, and $4.7 million in revenue to more than 15,000 employees and nearly $7.7 billion in revenue. Whitman led eBay to become one of the fastest-growing companies in history.
John Donahoe will succeed Whitman as president and ceo. Donahoe came to eBay in February 2005 from Bain & Company, where he had served as worldwide managing director since 1999. For nearly three years, Donahoe has been president of eBay Marketplaces, which accounts for more than 70% of the company’s global revenues.
“During the last three years, John and I have worked very closely together to arrive at this day, and we’ll continue to work together through the transition,” said Whitman. “I’m extremely confident in John’s skills and the abilities of John’s veteran management team. eBay and its millions of users are in great hands as they head into the future.”
FUJIFILM expands image solutions at Ritz Camera
VALHALLA, N.Y. FUJIFILM U.S.A. today announced that Ritz Camera Centers, the largest specialty camera and image chain in the United States with approximately 1,000 locations, is expanding its portfolio of customer offerings with a new solution that enables in-store production of specialty photo products.
Fujifilm said it has partnered with Xerox to devolop a solution for Ritz Camera Centers that offers seamless integration with Xerox Phaser 7760 color laser printers. Ritz Camera customers will be able to create photo books, photo calendars and greeting cards via in-store kiosks or through the Ritz Camera Centers Web site, www.ritzpix.com, for in-store pick up in as little as one hour, the company reported.
“The scalability and choice of Fujifilm’s product and service offerings is second to none,” said Rich Tranchida, evp of Ritz Camera Centers. “We’ve literally plugged into a new revenue generator that enables us to offer our valued customers an assortment of unique new products. What’s more, this solution positions us at the cutting edge of the retail side of all things photo.”