Shopkick partners with Sports Authority
Englewood, Colo. — Shopkick has partnered with Sports Authority. All Shopkick users will earn "kicks" just for walking in, browsing special offers throughout the store, scanning products and making purchases at Sports Authority store locations.
“We are excited to partner with Shopkick nationwide,” said Mike E. Foss, CEO of Sports Authority. “Their innovative application engages our customers in a new and compelling way, offering added benefit to shop at Sports Authority.”
Pier 1 boosts net income, sales
Fort Worth, Texas – Pier 1 Imports boosted net income and sales during the third quarter of fiscal 2014 compared to the same period in the prior year, partially aided by strong Thanksgiving weekend performance. Net income totaled $26.8 million, up 13% from $23.7 million.
Total sales for the third quarter were $465.5 million, a 9.6% increase from $424.5 million in the year-ago quarter.
Same-store sales rose 6.9%, primarily attributable to increases in conversion rate and higher average ticket.
“We’re pleased to deliver solid third quarter financial results,” stated Alex W. Smith, president and CEO. “Our unique and special merchandise assortments created a well-positioned value offer that resonated with our customers. Our more overtly promotional marketing stance drove strong traffic, and our store and e-commerce teams delivered on conversion. In fact, this year marked a new, all-time sales record for both Black Friday and the full post-Thanksgiving weekend.”
Looking ahead, Pier 1 predicts total sales growth in the high single-digit range and same-store sales growth in the mid-single-digit range for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. For the full fiscal year, Pier 1 expects total sales growth in the high single-digit range and same-store sales growth in the mid-single-digit range.
Report: Samsung hires Apple store designer
San Jose, Calif. – Samsung has reportedly hired a high-level store designer from Apple. According to multiple media reports, the U.S., telecom unit of Samsung recently hired Tim Gudgel, a five-year veteran store designer at Apple, as VP and GM of retail sales operations.
Gudgel also spent six years at the Gehry Partners architecture firm. While at Apple, he was designer on a patent filing related to the curved glass roof of the Apple Store in Manhattan. Samsung does not currently have any free-standing U.S, stores, although it does have some stores-within-a-store at U.S. Best Buy locations. Neither Samsung nor Apple has made any official comment.