Wet Seal to pay $7.5 million in discrimination lawsuit
Philadelphia — Wet Seal Inc. agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a federal racial discrimination lawsuit that accused retailer of firing black employees because they didn’t fit the retailer’s “brand image.”
The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund represented the plaintiffs in the class-action effort. The lawsuit alleged that former top Wet Seal executives denied equal pay and promotion opportunities to black store managers or removed them outright, replacing them with white employees.
In a statement, Wet Seal CEO John D. Goodman, who took the reins of the chain in January, said that the company appreciates the insights gained in the lawsuit and is committed to nondiscriminatory employment practices.
“From the moment I became CEO of Wet Seal in January, I made clear that we value a diverse work force and believe that a dynamic and representative employee base allows us to best serve all our customers,” Goodman stated. “We are pleased to put this matter behind us.”
Dillard’s taps OpinionLab for customer feedback solution
Chicago — Dillard’s has selected OpinionLab to extend its omnichannel “Voice of Customer” program including its digital, mobile and in-store experiences, with precise insight into what its customers want and need.
OpinionLab’s patented solutions allow Dillard’s to systematically interpret customer feedback across all of Dillard’s brand touchpoints, including mobile platforms, online and in-store. Now, Dillard’s can monitor and optimize the customer experience in real-time with an end-to-end solution set that includes research design, data collection and integration, analysis and reporting. Location-specific, context-rich insight can be fed across the organization, from managers through executives, for the greatest impact from the voice of the customer.
“At Dillard’s, we are committed to providing the very best customer service and a great experience for our customers regardless of where they shop – whether that’s in our stores, at Dillards.com or through their mobile phones,” said Woody Chin, CIO of Dillard’s. “We believe our decision to select the global leader in Voice of Customer, is a true testament of our commitment – making it even easier for our customers to provide feedback and for our company to act on that feedback.”
CVS expands store brand portfolio
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — Rite Aid has Pantry, Walmart has Great Value and now CVS/pharmacy has added Total Home, a new home care product line available exclusively at CVS/pharmacy stores nationwide, to its store brand portfolio.
The company is leveraging the store brand offering — which includes facial and bath tissue, paper towels, trash bags, food storage necessities, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, bulbs and extension cords — to strengthen its position among the one-stop shopping key players.
"Growing and enhancing our store brand offerings continues to be a priority for CVS/pharmacy," said George Coleman, VP of merchandising, store brands and quality assurance, CVS/pharmacy. "We offer customers the convenience of a one-stop shopping destination to find all their health, beauty and household essentials. We are confident that as customers give Total Home a try, these products will exceed their performance expectations and become a staple in their homes."
CVS/pharmacy is touting the quality of its Total Home line and is therefore offering a 100% money-back guarantee to ensure customer satisfaction. The line is available at the more than 7,400 CVS/pharmacy locations, as well as on its website.