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Target launches sustainable product line

BY Dan Berthiaume

Minneapolis — Target Corp. is introducing “Made to Matter – Handpicked by Target.” The collection brings together 17 natural, organic and sustainable brands to introduce new products.

Spanning Target’s baby, beauty and personal care, grocery, healthcare and household product categories, Made to Matter brands include Annie’s Homegrown, Burt’s Bees, Chobani, Clif Bar & Company, Ella’s Kitchen, EVOL, Horizon Organic, Hyland’s, Kashi, Method, Plum Organics, Seventh Generation, SheaMoisture, Target’s Simply Balanced, Vita Coco, Yes To and Zarbee’s Naturals. The Made to Matter collection includes all products currently offered at Target by the participating brands and at least one new exclusive item from each brand.

There will be more than 120 new and limited-time exclusive Made to Matter products. Products will be available throughout the store, both in the products’ usual aisles and as part of specialized collection displays. Select products also will be available on Target.com and Target’s mobile app. First introduced in Target stores at the end of March 2014, new Made to Matter products will be added throughout spring and summer, with the complete collection available by September 2014.

“Our guests are looking for products they can feel good bringing home without sacrificing price and performance,” said Kathee Tesija, executive VP, merchandising and supply chain, Target. “We’re taking the guesswork out of buying better-for-you products by bringing together 17 trusted brands.”

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Guess appoints Brooks Bros. veteran to board

BY Dan Berthiaume

Los Angeles – The board of directors of Guess Inc. has appointed Joseph Gromek, increasing the number of directors to seven and bringing the total number of independent directors to five. Gromek will also serve on the Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees of the board.

Gromek was president and CEO of The Warnaco Group Inc., a global apparel company, from 2003 until his retirement in 2012. Prior to that time, he served as president and CEO of Brooks Brothers Inc. and held senior management positions with a variety of other retail and apparel companies including Saks Fifth Avenue, Limited Brands Inc. and Ann Taylor.

"I have known Joe since he was at Saks Fifth Avenue in the early 80’s,” said Maurice Marciano, chairman of the board. “He has had an amazing career in the industry and he’s bringing with him tremendous experience both in the United States and worldwide. We are delighted that Joe will be joining our board."

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Paragon Software introduces home delivery system in U.S.

BY Dan Berthiaume

Dallas – Paragon Software Systems Inc., a provider of vehicle routing and scheduling optimization solutions, is introducing Paragon HDS (Home Delivery System) to the U.S. market. Paragon HDS is designed to enable home delivery and home service companies to offer more accurate delivery times while improving fleet efficiency.

The software allows companies to integrate multichannel ordering and delivery booking with real-time route scheduling. It runs continually and routes orders while they are being placed, optimizing efficiency and providing narrow time slots for delivery.

“In today’s market, customers increasingly expect reliable, low cost delivery as part of the sale,” said William Salter, CEO and president, Paragon Software Systems. “Unfortunately, consumers can be let down by inadequate home delivery services that are either inconvenient, too costly, or result in late or missed deliveries. By using Paragon HDS, logistics departments will be able to work more closely with customer services departments to provide service improvements that will help build brand loyalty, as well as win new business, while reducing costly delivery failures. The improvements in customer service are balanced with the company’s home delivery resources, with the software continuously optimizing the home delivery routes as new orders are placed.”

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