Simon and shopkick launch innovative mobile shopping app
Indianapolis Mall owner Simon Property Group said Thursday that its business-to-consumer arm Simon Brand Ventures has teamed with shopkick to deliver a location-based shopping application to more than 100 Simon mall locations in time for the holiday shopping season.
The free shopkick mobile application downloads to consumers’ smart phones. Participating retailers install a “shopkick Signal” technology, which alerts shoppers about sales and special offers as they enter the store. (When the “shopkick” app is open on the smart phone, it detects the technology as the consumer walks through the retailer’s door, and the shopper instantly receives rewards.)
In addition, shoppers who enter a participating store earn shopkick currency called “kickbucks” that can be redeemed for rewards or donated to charity.
The shopkick app will launch in September and begin rolling out in Simon malls.
Staples names head of foundation division
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. Staples has announced the appointment of Mike Miles as president of Staples Foundation for Learning, the charitable arm of Staples Inc.
Miles, Staples’ president and COO, succeeds Ron Sargent, Staples’ chairman and CEO, as head of the foundation.
“As we continue to build SFFL, we look forward to further engaging our senior executives in contributing to the growth and development of the organization,” said Sargent. “The foundation is in good hands under Mike’s leadership and I look forward to providing my continued support toward the great work the team is doing.”
Since its launch in 2002, Staples Foundation for Learning has contributed to nearly 1,000 non-profit organizations, Staples reported.
Macy’s quarterly earnings see significant growth
CINCINNATI Macy’s reported earnings of 35 cents per diluted share for the second quarter of 2010, ended July 31. According to the company, this significant earnings increase over the second quarter of last year was driven by higher-than-expected sales, improved margins, a reduced expense rate and disciplined inventory management.
“We believe our business is beginning to hit its stride after implementing significant structural and organizational changes over thepast two years. While the economic environment remains uncertain, Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s have a terrific opportunity to continue to take market share and grow our business profitably,” said Terry Lundgren, Macy’s Inc. chairman, president and CEO.
In the second quarter of 2009, Macy’s earned 2 cents per diluted share.
Sales in the second quarter totaled $5.537 billion, up 7.2% from total sales of $5.164 billion in the second quarter of 2009. On asame-store basis, Macy’s Inc.’s second quarter sales were up 4.9%.
Macy’s Inc. currently expects same-store sales in the second half of fiscal 2010 to be up in the range of 3% to 3.5%, whichwould result in full-year 2010 same-store sales to be up between 4% and 4.2%. At the beginning of the year, the company’sinitial guidance was for a 2010 same-store sales increase of 1% to 2%. At the end of the first quarter, full-year same-storesales guidance was raised to up 3% to 3.5%, reflecting improvement in the business trend.
Based on stronger sales expectations, Macy’s Inc. is increasing its full-year 2010 earnings guidance to $1.85 to $1.90 per diluted share.This compares with previous guidance of $1.75 to $1.80 per diluted share, and initial earnings guidance of $1.55 to $1.60 per diluted share provided at the beginning of the year.