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Stuart Weitzman grows executive team to support growth

BY Katherine Boccaccio

New York — Stuart Weitzman said Thursday that it has promoted Susan Duffy from senior VP global marketing to the position of chief marketing officer, as part of the luxury retailer’s plan for new market expansion.

As CMO, Duffy is charged with leading marketing, advertising, public relations and social media to ensure the branding message is consistent across all worldwide communications platforms.

Sally Ross has joined the company in the newly created role of chief merchandising officer of retail, focusing on defining and executing merchandising and visual strategies. Most recently, Ross was executive VP of merchandising for footwear at The Jones Group.

Effective Nov. 12, Jonathan Lelonek will join Stuart Weitzman as executive VP US wholesale, and Samara Hodgson joined the team as VP social and digital innovation.

Stuart Weitzman is a division of The Jones Group.

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Target partners with CNET to offer expert product reviews on electronics

BY Staff Writer

Minneapolis — Target Corp. announced a partnership with CNET – a top website for consumer electronics and tech news – to provide guests with CNET Editors’ Picks for Target, in time for the holiday season. The collaboration is part of a larger, ongoing partnership between Target and CNET.

Beginning Nov. 11, Target guests can shop the electronics department with even more confidence and ease thanks to unbiased expert reviews that will appear with select electronics items both on-shelf at all Target stores nationwide and within the “Expert Review” tab on Target.com.

“We want our guests to think of Target first when it comes to their consumer electronic needs,” said Scott Nygaard, VP merchandising, electronics at Target. “We know our guests find expert reviews helpful when making purchasing decisions; as the respected industry expert, CNET was a clear choice to provide this expertise to Target’s guests.”

The new feature will include 25 product reviews across Target’s electronics department. CNET editors rated products based on ease of use, style and value. The product reviews will be clearly visible in stores, with on-shelf signage prominently featuring the CNET logo and qualifying criteria, such as “Best first digital SLR” for the Nikon D3100. Shoppers can use the QR code on the signs to access the full product review on the chain’s website.

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Walmart raises heat on holiday shopping with earlier Black Friday opening, guaranteed deals

BY Marianne Wilson

Bentonville, Ark. — Walmart will opens its stores at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than a year ago. The retailer is also guaranteeing shoppers that it will have three of the most popular items it sells if they line up inside the store during a one-hour event that day.

“We know it’s frustrating for customers to shop on Black Friday and not get the items they want,” said Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising and marketing officer, Walmart U.S. “This year, for the first time ever, customers that shop during Walmart’s one-hour event will be guaranteed to have three of the most popular items under their tree at a great low price.”

Walmart said that shoppers who are lined up inside the store between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving will be able to purchase the following items: an Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi for $399 plus a $74 Wal-Mart gift card; an Emerson 32-inch LCD TV for $148, down from the original $228; and an LG Blu-Ray Disc player for $38, about half off the original price.

For those shoppers who are inside the store during the one-hour window and find the product sold out, Wal-Mart will offer a guarantee card for the item. The item must be paid for by midnight and registered online. The product will then be shipped to the store where it was purchased for the customer to pick up before Dec. 25.

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