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USA: Footstar To Run Federated's Children's Shoe Department just-style.com | 3 Jan 02

US retail giant Federated Department Stores Inc and leading athletic footwear retailer, Footstar Inc, announced on Thursday that Footstar's Meldisco division will begin operating Federated's licensed children's shoe departments from July 1, 2002. The 46 children's shoe departments, currently operated by Stride Rite, will be redesigned with open-sell fixtures and will introduce Federated's new Greendog private brand of children's shoes.


USA: Safeway's Burd Joins Kohl's Board just-style.com | 19 Nov 01

The board of directors at specialty department store Kohl's Corp has elected Steven A Burd as a director. Burd is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Safeway Inc, a $34 billion food and drug retailer, based in Pleasanton, California. "Steve's broad retail expertise and experience in leading a successful, high-growth company makes him a valuable addition to our board," said Larry Montgomery, chief executive officer of Kohl's.


CANADA: iCongo Releases New E-Commerce Platform just-style.com | 15 Nov 01

iCongo Inc, the provider of business-to-business e-commerce systems provider, has launched the latest version of its Catalog and eProcurement System. This new release offers major branding capabilities, support for multiple languages, enhanced communication tools and complete sales force automation - helping provide companies with greater visibility and control over their supply chains.


ROMANIA: Policolor Posts 153 Per Cent Profit Increase just-style.com | 24 Oct 01

Bucharest-based dye making company Policolor has reported a net profit of 1.61 million Euros ($1.48m) for the first nine months of this year with sales revenue comming in at 23.4m Euros ($21.2m.) The figures represent an impressive 153 per cent profit increase on the same period last year.


USA: Nautica Appoints New Board Member just-style.com | 27 Sep 01

Nautica Enterprises Inc today announced the appointment of Steven H Tishman to the company's board of directors. Mr Tisham, currently managing director and group head of the financial sponsors group at Robertson Stephens, will fill a position previously held by George Greenberg who has retired.


IT innovators: how their projects are paying off Bobbin Publishing Group | 25 Sep 01

Smart firms don't shy away from strategic information technology (IT) investments, even in down times. That's when staying ahead of the competition can be more crucial than ever. This feature explores five very different information technology initiatives undertaken by five diverse sewn products firms. By Laurie Joan Aron.


USA: Steven Madden Promotes Olicker To President just-style.com | 25 Sep 01

Fashion footwear designer, wholesaler and marketer Steven Madden Ltd today announced that Richard S Olicker, the company's chief operating officer, has been promoted to president. Mr Olicker will retain his role of chief operating officer and will report directly to Jamieson Karson, chief executive officer.


USA: Sara Lee Promotes Apparel Execs, Names CEO just-style.com | 31 Aug 01

Sara Lee Corporation has promoted two key apparel executives among its new vice presidents. Hugh Brian Duffy, group chief executive officer of Sara Lee Courtaulds/Legwear Europe, and Jacques Michaud, chief executive officer of Sara Lee Intimate Apparel Europe, will take up their new roles with immediate effect.  


USA: Elder-Beerman Chairman, President And CEO To Retire just-style.com | 22 Aug 01

Elder-Beerman Stores Corp chairman, president and chief executive officer, Fredrick J. Mershad, notified the company's board of directors of his intention to retire effective December 31, 2001. The executive committee of the corporation's board has commenced a process to select a successor. Mr Mershad will assist in the search process.


USA: Russell Corporation Announces Senior Management Changes just-style.com | 6 Aug 01

The board of directors of Russell Corporation today announced that Jonathan R. Letzler has been named president and chief operating officer for the company. They also announced that Cheryl M. Barre, president of JERZEES Retail, and Gilbert J. Roberts, president of Russell Artwear, have been named corporate officers and that Steven B. Farley has been elected treasurer and named a corporate officer.


Bobbin World opens 'windows' to new technology Bobbin Publishing Group | 25 Jul 01

Bobbin World 2001, a triennial worldwide sewn products expo, will offer networking opportunities and new products and services for the entire sewn products industry. Taking place August 15-17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, the show will have the theme of "Windows to Your World" and feature a streetscape showcasing finished products from eight industry segments, including apparel, upholstered furniture, home textiles, transportation interiors, leather goods, footwear and technical textiles.


USA: Fingerhut Appoints New Catalogue Exec just-style.com | 18 Jul 01

Fingerhut Companies has promoted Steven A Lightman to the role of executive vice president, catalogue. He is now responsible for the operations and management of Fingerhut's core catalogue and subsidiary catalogue businesses. Dick Tate, former president of the Fingerhut catalogue, retired effective May 1, 2001.


USA: Nitches Inc Announces Third Quarter Results just-style.com | 17 Jul 01

Nitches Inc Monday announced that the board of directors has approved the distribution of a special dividend of $.35 per share to the holders of record as of July 27, 2001. The dividend will be paid on August 17, 2001. The company evaluates its ability to declare a dividend on a quarterly basis, contingent upon profitability and financing needs.


Restructuring puts Gerber back on track just-style.com | 6 Jul 01

Difficult US economic conditions, general global uncertainty, slow demand for capital equipment, and the prolonged weakness of the Euro were all cited by Gerber Technology when it announced a restructuring of its operations at the end of May. Redundancies, discontinued product lines and a consolidation of its facilities have all been undertaken in an effort to reduce costs. In this interview, Marc Giles, president and CEO of Gerber Technology talks about the changes this hi-tech systems and solutions provider has been through - including its new product/business management organisation, the demise of Gerber Information Systems, and the world market for CAD/CAM.


USA: Steve Madden Appoints New Diva Chief just-style.com | 6 Jun 01

Steven Madden, Ltd announced Monday that Rob Schmertz, 37, has been promoted to the newly created position of president of Diva Acquisition Corp., the company's wholly-owned subsidiary that designs, produces, and markets the David Aaron brand.  Mr Schmertz, who has 17 years of experience in the footwear industry, has been with Steven Madden, Ltd since May 1998. In this new role, he will be responsible for the overall strategic direction of the David Aaron business, further building the brand and overseeing the growth of both the wholesale and retail segments of the division. 


USA: Unionbay Adds Flexibility To Inventory Allocation just-style.com | 1 Jun 01

Essentus International Inc, a supplier of business solutions to the apparel, footwear and soft goods industries, announced today that Unionbay Sportswear has successfully completed an upgrade of its enterprise system to Essentus Sourcing and Demand Management 2.1. Unionbay Sportswear, a subsidiary of Seattle Pacific Industries, targets teens and young adults with its moderately priced jeans, overalls, and other casual wear. The company has been operating with Essentus' supply chain solutions since 1999.


USA: Management Changes At Sara Lee just-style.com | 31 May 01

Sara Lee Corporation yesterday announced several management changes, which are a result of the company's ongoing reshaping program and organisational streamlining. "As we continue to reshape and narrow the focus of our business portfolio, we also are examining our organisational structure to create a more efficiently managed company that is better positioned for growth,'' said C. Steven McMillan, president and chief executive officer of Sara Lee Corporation.


USA: K-Swiss To Produce National Geographic Footwear just-style.com | 30 May 01

K-Swiss Inc has formed a joint venture with Rugged Shark, a cutting-edge designer and manufacturer of young, active-oriented footwear, to license, produce and market a men's, women's and children's collection of National Geographic outdoor-oriented and casual footwear. The joint venture will launch a full-scale line of outdoor and casual footwear in fall 2002 after an initial introduction of technical outdoor product in fall 2001.


AUSTRALIA: Tamar Looms Auctioned Off just-style.com | 30 May 01

Equipment from Tamar Knitting Mills in northern Tasmania was auctioned on 29 May 2001. The looms and equipment were sold as 350 items after efforts to sell the business as a going concern were unsuccessful. The auction was attended by 200 buyers. Liquidator, Steven Hernyk, said the equipment was purchased mainly by small textiles manufacturers seeking to expand.


AUSTRALIA: Knitting Mill Fails To Sell just-style.com | 15 May 01

Efforts to locate a buyer for Tamar Knitting Mills in Launceston have been unsuccessful in mid-May 2001. Liquidator, Steven Hernyk, of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, said equipment and looms from the mill will be auctioned in late May 2001. The company was placed into administration in early 2001, after standing down its workforce in November 2000. Mill owner, Ian Thompson, had previously indicated it had received 10 expressions of interest in the business.


USA: JD American Workwear Director Steps Down just-style.com | 11 May 01

Florida-based holding company American Commerce Solutions has accepted the resignation of David N DeBaene as a director of JD American Workwear Inc, the company he took public in 1995. Steven D Smith, president commented: "Mr. DeBaene has worked long and hard to create a solid future for this company. Now he has passed the baton of leadership to the next generation of management who are poised to propel the company to success. He will now devote his same tireless energy to promoting the JD American's workwear line and the licensing of its patents for the company's future success."


USA: Everlast Introduces Sporting Goods In Australia just-style.com | 4 May 01

Everlast Worldwide Inc (Nasdaq: EVST), the manufacturer, marketer and licensor of sporting goods and apparel under the Everlast brand name, has signed a new licensing agreement with Playcorp Australia. Based in Melbourne, Australia, Playcorp will serve as the Everlast licensee of boxing equipment, which will be distributed through sporting goods outlets in Australia.


USA: Finish Line Announces Executive Officer Promotions just-style.com | 27 Apr 01

Alan H. Cohen, president and CEO of  The Finish Line announced today the promotion of three senior officers and the addition of one new vice president. Steven J. Schneider has been named COO for the company as well as retaining his responsibilities as CFO. Mr Schneider's new title is executive vice president, COO, CFO and assistant secretary. Mr Schneider joined Finish Line in 1989 as vice president and CFO. Most recently, Mr Schneider held the position of executive vice president - Finance, CFO and assistant secretary. He will continue to report to Alan Cohen, president and CEO.


USA: Department Store Consolidation On The Horizon - Report just-style.com | 30 Mar 01

Department stores are likely to experience a wave of consolidation, according to the latest report from Bear Stearns retail analyst Steven Kernkraut. The new report, entitled "To Live or Let Die?", argues that consolidation will allow the department store business model to thrive well into the future. "Through mergers and acquisitions, department stores should be able to increase their strength and fend off discount stores and specialty stores that continue to eat away at their market share," Kernkraut said.


USA: Maxwell Shoe Company Announces Executive Promotions just-style.com | 29 Mar 01

Maxwell Shoe Company Inc has announced certain executive promotions designed to strengthen the senior management of two of its divisions. Jennifer Caron has been promoted to vice president of sales for Anne Klein2, and Steven Waldman has been promoted to the newly created position of president of the company's Private Label division.


USA: Sara Lee Corporation Announces Sale Of Champion Europe just-style.com | 23 Mar 01

The Sara Lee Corporation has announced the signing of an agreement to sell its Champion Europe operations to Champion Europe SpA, a company that has been established by the existing management, with financial support from funds managed by ABN AMRO Ventures BV and Rolo Banca 1473. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


USA: Payless ShoeSource To Supply Footwear To Pamida Inc just-style.com | 28 Feb 01

Payless ShoeSource Inc and ShopKo Stores Inc today announced an agreement through which Shoe Sourcing Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Payless, will supply footwear to Pamida, a division of ShopKo. Under the agreement, Shoe Sourcing Inc will provide virtually all of Pamida's footwear assortment to all Pamida stores beginning in July 2001.


USA: Sketchers USA Receives Excellence in Women's Streetwear Design Award just-style.com | 26 Feb 01

Sketchers USA Inc has announced that it has received the "Excellence in Design, Women's Streetwear" award from Footwear+ Magazine. The winner and nominees are selected by footwear retailers throughout the United States. "Winner of Footwear+ Magazine's 2000 Plus Award in the Women's Streetwear category, Sketchers bested a formidable field that included the Diesel, Camper, Simple and Steve Madden Brands," commented Greg Dutter, associate publisher and editor in chief of Footwear+.


Global survey taps e-shoppers’ preferences Bobbin Publishing Group | 23 Feb 01

Online businesses worldwide are missing out on $6.1bn in sales because of a combination of abandoned purchase attempts and lack of access to their sites via TV, mobile phones and other digital equipment. This is one of several key findings in a landmark survey of Internet shoppers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Sweden, France and Germany. Jules Abend, contributing editor for Bobbin, reports.


ROMANIA: Firmelbo’s Investment Pays Off just-style.com | 14 Feb 01

Firmelbo SA, a Romanian-based acrylic fibre manufacturer, has invested over 45bn lei ($1.6m) to modernise equipment in 2000. As a result, Firmelbo received the quality standard ISO 9002 at the end of 2000. The daily output of the fabric, which amounts to 4,000 tonnes, increased by 25 per cent in 2000, compared to the output in 1990. About 70 per cent of the production is exported.

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