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Report: Judge to review J.C. Penney-Martha Stewart contract situation

BY Dan Berthiaume

Plano, Texas — Legal wrangling about J.C. Penney Co. selling Martha Stewart-branded home goods is reportedly continuing. According to The Motley Fool, a hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 25 to review allegations in the New York Post that J.C. Penney plans to terminate its contract with Martha Stewart Living.

A long-running lawsuit centers on whether Penney had the right to develop in-store Martha Stewart-branded boutiques it planned in 2011, but never built. Lawyers for Macy’s say the boutiques violated an exclusivity agreement, while layers for Martha Stewart Living and J.C. Penney say the contract Macy’s drafted for Martha Stewart Living was vague and poorly written, leaving room for other retailers to sell some products.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Oing is expected to deliver a verdict in the case shorty. However, if J.C. Penney does intend to end its Martha Stewart Living contract, that could affect how he rules.

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J.Hoyle says:
Sep-22-2013 08:28 pm

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This guy can not make up his mind. Reports have it he saw something on TV, read it, that JCP has dumped MS? Is this how the court system works in NY? Doesn't JCP have lawyers where they could sent the judge a note they want out and jump start things? He seems over friendly to JCP at Macy's expense. He bring anything he see outside of court into a case before him? What a legal system they have in NY. Let's see, Ronnie boy knew he was pulling a fast one, MS mini shops are manned by JCP employees, they stock, restock it, JCP sets the prices, they keep up with inventory, they ring up MS sales anywhere in the store. Let us take a Sephora in a JCP store, this is operated by Sephora employees, stock, inventory control by them, sales rung up by them. See the difference? Stewart's crap is no more a mini store then Walmart grouping Campbell's soup on an end cap and building fancy shelving for it and claiming it was a mini store and is somehow legally special. There is a difference in leasing space within a building, I think they call it a mall, and windows like displays labeled mini stores located within a retailer. To allow any retailer to define a grouping display of products by designer name, company name, Logo, whatever, and allow that alone to define it as a separate operating entity, within the store, use it as legal leverage, is insane. JCP problems were created by JCP's boy genius and a board of directors that for some reason couldn't function. Wonder if that smile is off old Ronnie boy? One may smile and smile and still be a villain.

J.Hoyle says:
Sep-22-2013 08:28 pm

This guy can not make up his mind. Reports have it he saw something on TV, read it, that JCP has dumped MS? Is this how the court system works in NY? Doesn't JCP have lawyers where they could sent the judge a note they want out and jump start things? He seems over friendly to JCP at Macy's expense. He bring anything he see outside of court into a case before him? What a legal system they have in NY. Let's see, Ronnie boy knew he was pulling a fast one, MS mini shops are manned by JCP employees, they stock, restock it, JCP sets the prices, they keep up with inventory, they ring up MS sales anywhere in the store. Let us take a Sephora in a JCP store, this is operated by Sephora employees, stock, inventory control by them, sales rung up by them. See the difference? Stewart's crap is no more a mini store then Walmart grouping Campbell's soup on an end cap and building fancy shelving for it and claiming it was a mini store and is somehow legally special. There is a difference in leasing space within a building, I think they call it a mall, and windows like displays labeled mini stores located within a retailer. To allow any retailer to define a grouping display of products by designer name, company name, Logo, whatever, and allow that alone to define it as a separate operating entity, within the store, use it as legal leverage, is insane. JCP problems were created by JCP's boy genius and a board of directors that for some reason couldn't function. Wonder if that smile is off old Ronnie boy? One may smile and smile and still be a villain.

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Chili’s to install tabletop tablets from Ziosk

BY Dan Berthiaume

Dallas — Chili’s Grill & Bar will bring tabletop tablets from Ziosk to all company-owned restaurants nationwide by the first half of 2014.

With the primary purpose of enhancing the guest experience, the Ziosk seven-inch tablet will be displayed on each table in the restaurant, giving patrons the ability to interactively peruse menu items and specials as well as order beverages and desserts. Customers can also use the tablets to play games together, share their real-time feedback with the brand and pay the check right at the table

"Results from a multi-market test of Ziosk prove this next step in Chili’s innovation is a win for our guests, team members and the brand as a whole," said Wyman Roberts, CEO and president of Brinker International and president of Chili’s Grill & Bar. "Embraced as a tool to help team members create an even better dining experience, we saw improvements in guest satisfaction and engagement from many different touch points within the restaurant, including Chili’s guest feedback surveys and Email Club."

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Foot Locker launches e-commerce site for its women’s fitness retail brand, Six.02

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York — Foot Locker, Inc. is introducing Six02.com, the e-retail extension of its Six:02 stores aimed at women. In addition to offering a full assortment of women’s athletic apparel and products, the site features the Get Fit Guide, a custom online tool to lead customers through the product offerings to find the perfect fit, style, and product based on preferred workout activity and body shape.

Launched in 2012, SIX:02’s offer women a broad choice of athletic brands. The stores feature dedicated fit zones and fitting lounge areas. To date, SIX:02 has opened stores in Stamford Town Center (Stamford, Conn.), North Star Mall (San Antonio, Texas), Willowbrook Mall (Wayne, N.J.), Brandon Town Center (Brandon, Fla.), and Florida Mall (Orlando, Fla). Two additional stores are scheduled to open by yearend.

"Six:02 has been well-received in the local communities where we have opened stores," said Natalie Ellis, VP, GM, Six:02. "We are excited to now offer Six.02.com, so that women across the country can experience the brand and find premium fitness and athletic gear that fits her personality, versatility and individual style."

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