Sugarfina, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Online premium-candy marketer Sugarfina has opened its first retail location, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 1,400-sq.-ft. space is designed as a luxury candy boutique, with a large glass skylight and airy bubble chandeliers that hang like clouds in the sky. Sugarfina candy in hundreds of colors line the walls on thin floating shelves — the candy appears to be floating.
Sugarfina features the brand’s signature turquoise Bento Boxes, and encourages consumers to customize their own box by selecting from over 140 candies from around the world. The store also boasts a candy tasting bar, with a selection of 60 candies on regular rotation. (According to the company, 40% of its candies are not available anywhere else in the United States.)
The brand, which made its online debut in 2012, was founded by Rosie O’Neill and Josh Resnick. Before Sugarfina, O’Neil was director of marketing for Barbie, and Resnick was the co-founder and president of Pandemic Studios, a video game developer.
Sports Authority names Hhgregg exec as CFO
New York — Sports Authority has hired Jeremy Aguilar as CFO. Aguilar, who most recently served as CFO of Hhgregg, replaces former Sports Authority CFO Tom Hendrickson, who retired from the company.
“Jeremy’s expertise in finance and accounting will play a critical role in further strengthening Sports Authority,” said CEO Michael E. Foss. “He will be a valuable asset to the team; we are thrilled to have him on board.”
Andrew S. Giesler was named interim CFO at Hhgregg last month, when Aguilar announced his plans to leave the company.
Report: Responsive design is tactical approach to mobility
San Francisco – More than 70% of time on responsive web design (RWD) is spent on the back end in areas such as integration and infrastructure. According to a new report from Moovweb and Forrester Research, 63% of 146 surveyed U.S. companies using RWD today believe that this technique is not suitable for long-term use, suggesting that RWD is largely viewed as a short-term, tactical approach to enterprise mobility.
In addition, only 14% of responsive projects went beyond their budget, well below industry, average. At the same time, 37% had to cut scope to deliver on budget, which is significantly higher than the average. And more than 60% of development teams viewed their current mobile strategy as sufficient for now, but not for the future
“Tactical approaches [to mobility] are no longer sustainable, especially as more strategic methodologies like responsive delivery emerge that can underpin a comprehensive enterprise weight delivery of mobile experiences,” said Jeffrey Hammond, principal analyst for Forrester Research. “There’s considerable value in pre-existing business logic from your company’s traditional website (and other existing systems). It’s already tested and secured, and it can be opened up to the mobile channel.