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Whole Foods Market Q2 profit surges 20%; raises forecast

BY Marianne Wilson

Austin, Texas — Whole Foods Market on Tuesday reported that its second-quarter net income rose to $142 million from $118 million a year earlier, beating analysts estimates. The chain also raised its full-year forecast.

Total sales in the quarter ended April 14 increased to $3.03 billion, from $2.67 billion.
Same-store sales rose 6.9%.

"We delivered another quarter of strong sales and earnings growth, reporting record results on many levels,” said John Mackey, co-founder and co-chief executive officer of Whole Foods Market. “The demand for fresh, healthy foods continues to grow, and we are leading the way as America’s healthiest grocery store with close to seven million customers visitingourstoreseachweek. Webelievewewillcontinuetogainmarketshareasweaccelerateournewstoreopenings, improve our relative value proposition while maintaining our high quality standards, and further differentiate our shopping experience.”

Whole Foods, which currently has 349 stores, said it recently signed 10 new leases averaging 35,700 sq.ft. in size. The stores currently are scheduled to open in fiscal year 2014 and beyond.

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J.C. Penney Q1 same-store sales down 16.6%, missing estimates

BY Marianne Wilson

Plano, Texas — In preliminary results, J.C. Penney Co. on Tuesday reported that same-store sales in its first quarter decreased approximately 16.6%, a deeper drop than was expected.

The company, which will report full results on May 16, said that it anticipates total sales of approximately $2.635 billion for the quarter, down some 16.4% from $3.152 billion in the same period last year.

Penney said it estimates cash and cash equivalents to be approximately $821 million as of May 4, 2013, with total debt is expected to be approximately $3.818 billion.

The company attributed the sales decline partly to the construction of home departments in 505 stores and to its prior pricing and marketing strategies, which it said are being changed under its new and returning CEO Mike Ullman.

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Staples names new EVP of global e-commerce

BY CSA STAFF

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Staples has appointed Faisal Masud as its new EVP of global e-commerce. In the newly created role, Masud will be responsible for leading online and digital growth. He will report to Demos Parneros, president of North American stores and online for Staples.

“Faisal brings deep experience at some of the world’s most innovative e-commerce companies, including eBay, Groupon and nine years at Amazon,” Parneros said. “His background managing and developing large-scale digital businesses will play an important role at Staples as we rapidly expand our product assortment and grow our online business as part of our strategic plan.”

Masud will be charged with building Staples’ digital channels and leading e-commerce efforts across the company, as Staples invests heavily in digital commerce. Masud will also lead the continued development of Staples platforms and sites, including staples.com and the company’s mobile assets.

Masud has more than a decade of digital experience, building end-to-end, global e-commerce solutions that have driven growth and improved the customer experience. He joins Staples from Groupon, Inc., where he was VP and GM, responsible for managing Groupon Goods’ strategy and execution in more than 35 countries, and directly managed all functions for his business unit, including merchandising, inventory, marketing, engineering and operations.

Prior to joining Groupon, Masud was head of global shipping and cross-border trade for eBay-PayPal, where he designed and managed a global shipping platform, which made eBay’s marketplace selection available worldwide, and improved delivery experiences and cost. He also created a cross-border trade logistics solution, while leading large cross-functional teams driving shipping efficiency and increased volume. Previously, he was GM of worldwide warehouse deals and global sourcing at Amazon, where he led the development and implementation of a new retail storefront and managed the overall strategy for Amazon’s trade-in platform traffic generation, customer acquisition and pricing policy. Masud has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Southeastern University.

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