Macy’s, Inc. Board of Directors Elects Jeff Gennette Chief Executive Officer

Macy’s, Inc. today announced that its board of directors has unanimously elected Jeff Gennette chief executive officer, effective this past week. As previously announced, Gennette succeeds Terry J. Lundgren, who will continue as executive chairman.macys inc

Jeff will be a terrific CEO for Macy’s, Inc. He has a deep knowledge of this company, coupled with the vision and determination to continue Macy’s transformation for the next generation. Jeff has a proven track record as a successful retail operator, seasoned merchant, and business leader and has contributed significantly to the company’s long history of success,” said Lundgren. “I’ve been honored to lead this great company, am thrilled to be passing the baton to such an exceptional leader, and look forward to my continued role on the board of directors.

Jeff Gennette - President and Chief Executive Officer, Macy's, Inc. (Photo Credit - Business Wire)

Jeff Gennette – President and Chief Executive Officer, Macy’s, Inc. (Photo Credit – Business Wire)

Gennette began his retail career in 1983 as an executive trainee at Macy’s West in San Francisco. He held positions of increasing responsibilities, including vice president and division merchandise manager for men’s collections, and senior vice president and general merchandise manager for men’s and children’s. In 2004, Gennette was appointed executive vice president and director of stores at Macy’s Central in Atlanta. During his career, he also served as a store manager for FAO Schwarz and director of stores for Broadway Stores, Inc. From February 2006 to February 2008, Gennette served as chairman and chief executive officer of Seattle-based Macy’s Northwest. February 2008 to February 2009 brought him back to San Francisco as chairman and CEO of Macy’s West.

It’s a very meaningful day for me as I take on the leadership of the company I’ve worked for and the colleagues I’ve worked with for more than 30 years. I’m honored to be taking on this role and excited about Macy’s prospects. While we certainly have our challenges, we also have great assets and opportunity. No company is better up to the task of re-invention than Macy’s,” said Gennette. “I want to personally thank Terry Lundgren for his leadership, his mentorship, and the support he has shown me over my career at Macy’s. Terry is a legend in retail and no one could have asked for a better teacher.

Jeff Gennette was elected president and chief executive officer on March 23, 2017. Prior to CEO, Gennette was president of Macy’s, Inc. since March 2014. Previously, he was the chief merchandising officer of Macy’s, Inc. (formerly known as Federated Department Stores, Inc.), a position to which he was appointed in February 2009.

Marna C. Whittington, Macy’s, Inc. lead independent director, added, “Jeff is an extremely talented executive who has had an enormous impact on the Macy’s, Inc. organization over his tenure. We are confident that he will be a strong leader, guiding the company on the path to growth and increasing shareholder value. On behalf of the entire board of directors, I also want to thank Terry for his outstanding leadership. We are happy to continue our partnership with him in his role of executive chairman.”

erry J. Lundgren - Executive Chairman, Macy's, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Directors (Photo Credit - Business Wire)

Terry J. Lundgren – Executive Chairman, Macy’s, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Directors (Photo Credit – Business Wire)

Terry Lundgren is executive chairman of Macy’s, Inc. and chairman of the board of directors, roles to which he was elected on March 23, 2017. Previously, Lundgren was chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. since January 2004, and also served as president and CEO from February 2003 to March 2014. Prior to 2003, he served as president and chief merchandising officer since May 1997.

Lundgren began his retailing career in 1975 as a trainee with Bullock’s, a Los Angeles-based division of Federated. He held positions of increasing responsibility over the next decade in buying, store management, human resources and senior-level store management, as well as serving as the division’s director of stores. Lundgren was named senior vice president and general merchandising manager of Bullock’s in 1984. In 1987, he was named president and chief executive officer of Bullocks Wilshire, then an upscale chain of specialty department stores owned by Federated.

Lundgren left Federated in 1988 to join Neiman Marcus, where he served as executive vice president and shortly thereafter was named chairman and chief executive officer. He returned to Federated in April 1994 as chairman and chief executive officer of the Federated Merchandising Group.

Target Reveals Design Elements of Next Generation of Stores

First, fully reimagined store to open this fall in Houston market, with plans to roll out new elements of design to hundreds more

Target Corporation today unveiled design elements for the company’s most ambitious store re-design to date, with plans for the first fully reimagined store to open in the Houston suburb of Richmond near Grand Parkway Southwest in Aliana’s Market Center From the stage at Shoptalk, the retail and e-commerce event held in Las Vegas, Target’s chairman and CEO Brian Cornell introduced Target’s newest store redesign plans as part of the company’s commitment to invest billions of dollars over the next three years to reimagine hundreds of existing stores.

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The inspiration entrance features displays of exclusive brands and inspiring seasonal moments. (Photo: Business Wire)

With our next generation of store design, we’re investing to take the Target shopping experience to the next level by offering more elevated product presentations and a number of time-saving features,” said Cornell. “The new design for this Houston store will provide the vision for the 500 reimagined stores planned for 2018 and 2019, with the goal of taking a customized approach to creating an enhanced shopping experience.”

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Elevated, cross-merchandise product presentations will amplify Target’s exclusive style assortment across various departments. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Next Generation of Target’s Store Design

In October, Target will open its first fully reimagined store 35 miles southwest of Houston. There, the new 124,000 square-foot store will offer guests the newest shopping experience as Target evolves its stores.

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New for Target, curved, more circular center aisles will feature merchandise displays to engage guests with compelling products in unexpected places. (Photo: Business Wire)

In addition to the Houston location, 40 additional stores will receive elements of Target’s next generation re-design when they are updated in October 2017. Guest feedback and learnings from this new design will influence Target’s customized approach to the 500 stores being reimagined in 2018 and 2019. Continue reading

KitchenAid Introduces New Precision Kettlesat 2017 International Home & Housewares Show

KitchenAid is expanding its popular portfolio of craft coffee appliances with the introduction of two new gooseneck spout Precision Kettles. Available in both electric and stovetop models, the new kettles offer precise and consistent pour control for a pour over coffee, tea or beverage of choice.

Our new precision kettles allow for coffee and tea lovers to create their favorite pour over beverages in the comfort of their own home,” says Daniel Galea, global product marketing manager for KitchenAid. “The streamlined design and accuracy allow consumers to precisely pour their preferred beverage without needing the skills of a trained barista”.

KitchenAid Precision Kettle

KitchenAid Precision Kettle

Featuring a polished stainless steel design and elegant gooseneck spout, the new kettles make a stylish addition to any kitchen or coffee bar countertop. A one-liter capacity and three unique flow rate settings offer precise pour control for a perfect at-home custom pour, every time. The electric and stovetop kettles also include a brew range thermometer displayed on the lid to keep track of the water temperature while pouring. The stovetop kettle is compatible with gas, electric and induction stove tops.

The new KitchenAid® Precision Kettles will be available in August at a suggested retail price of $119.99 for the electric model and $99.99 for the stovetop model.

New Kitchenaid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker Makes Home Brewing A Breeze At 2017 International Home & Housewares Show

Cold brew coffee lovers can now make their favorite cold brew beverages at home with ease thanks to the new KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker. Making its debut at the 2017 International Housewares Show, the new addition to the brand’s popular craft coffee collection brings the high quality taste and experience of coffee shop cold brew into the home.

Cold brew coffee is an increasingly popular brewing technique known for producing a smooth, rich and full bodied flavor,” said Dan Rellis, Senior Manager of the KitchenAid® Coffee Category. “We’re thrilled to offer coffee enthusiasts a new way to treat themselves to their favorite cold brew coffee beverage in the comfort of their own home.

KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker

KitchenAid®’s New Cold Brew Coffee Maker

The KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker’s thoughtful and streamlined design allows for easy home brewing in three simple steps: grind, brew and pour. The model’s no heat brewing method steeps coarsely ground coffee in cold water for 12-24 hours, resulting in a smooth and balanced flavor that can be enjoyed all day. Capable of making up to 28 ounces of concentrate at once (or approximately 14 average single servings), the resulting brew is best enjoyed by combining 2 ounces of coffee concentrate with ice and the option of milk and sweeteners.

Designed with a modern glass brew jar and sleek stainless steel tap, the cold brew coffee maker serves as a stylish addition to any kitchen countertop, while the compact footprint provides an ideal fit for a refrigerator shelf or door for easy dispensing straight from the refrigerator. A reusable stainless steel steeper allows for custom beverage brewing, aided by a fill guideline that take the guesswork out of the process. The easy to clean glass and stainless components help to preserve taste in combination with a fitted lid that ensures freshness of coffee concentrate. A convenient carrying handle allows for easy transport from countertop to refrigerator.

The KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker is available now in stainless steel at a suggested retail price of $129.99.

House & Home: Kitchenaid Unveils Covetable New Colors At 2017 Home & Housewares Show

KitchenAid, the pioneer in bringing color to countertop appliances, is adding new stand mixer colors, small appliance collection hues, and finishes to its palette of over 86 color variations. New colors Avocado Cream, Black Violet, Ink Blue, and Milkshake, all featuring the brand’s popular matte finish, will join the current matte finish stand mixer options. Small appliance collection offerings have expanded to include existing colors Guava Glaze, Matte Grey, and Matte Black.

The kitchen is a key place for cooks to play and experiment with favorite new and trending colors,” says Jessica McConnell, Senior Manager of Color, Finish and Material Design for KitchenAid. “Our ever-expanding small appliance color and finish offerings provide consumers, even more, freedom to curate and enliven kitchen countertops.”

Stand Mixer Colors

Avocado Cream, the latest option in matte Artisan® Mini stand mixer finishes, offers an earthy yet contemporary approach to a more traditional pastel hue, perfect for natural kitchen finishes and countertops. It will be available for the Artisan Mini stand mixer ($399.99) beginning in July.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer New Colors

KitchenAid Stand Mixer New Colors

Joining the Artisan® Series offerings are new colors Black Violet, and Ink Blue. Black Violet with its deep purple hue, a more indulgent and velvety alternative to the brighter purple stand mixer colors currently available. The new Ink Blue shade offers a softer alternative to Matte Black, while still maintaining a neutral tone. Inspired by classic ink blue glaze on white bone china tableware, the deep, rich blue fits seamlessly into a variety of kitchen color schemes. Offered only on the Artisan® Series 5 Quart stand mixer ($429.99), Ink Blue will be available in July and Black Violet will be available in September.

Milkshake, a welcome new addition to both the Artisan and Professional Series, adds warm-toned, neutral option to the brand’s existing lineup of natural and off-white offerings. It will be available for both the Artisan® Series 5 Quart stand mixer ($429.99) and Pro 600™ Series 6 Quart stand mixer ($569.99) beginning in July. Continue reading

Two Dozen Rare And Limited Release Frank Zappa Albums To Be Widely Available Around The World in Late March

On March 24, two dozen rare and limited release Frank Zappa recordings will be made widely available around the world when UMe assumes the distribution of the albums as part of their global partnership with the Zappa Family Trust.

In the U.S., the 24 albums will be available on CD, download, and streaming. Internationally, they will be available digitally March 24 with physical to follow on April 28. Nine of the albums, including Zappa’s 100th release, Dance Me This, and the revered live disc, Roxy By Proxy, have never been available for download or streaming. The wide-ranging collection includes fan favorite and Grammy Award-winning titles from Zappa’s independent labels Barking Pumpkin, Vaulternative Records, and Zappa Records and encompasses more than 20 years of releases, dating back to 1994’s

On March 24, two dozen rare and limited release Frank Zappa recordings will be made widely available around the world when UMe assumes distribution of the albums as part of their global

On March 24, two dozen rare and limited release Frank Zappa recordings will be made widely available around the world when UMe assumes distribution of the albums as part of their global partnership with the Zappa Family T

posthumous release, Civilization Phaze III.

For more than two decades, the only place to get exclusive Frank Zappa albums was through our mail order and website. We are thrilled to be able to make these titles available to fans across the globe with the help of our friends at Universal,” says Ahmet Zappa.

In all, the albums being made available internationally to online retailers, record stores, digital retailers and streaming services include a diverse collection of previously limited releases comprised of live concerts, taped rehearsals, treasures from Zappa’s extensive and extraordinary vault, audio documentaries, archival recordings, the famed “Corsaga” series and other exciting audio ephemera. The releases span Zappa’s entire career, from his first records with the Mothers of Invention to some of the last compositions and projects he ever worked on.

Below are a full list and descriptions of each of the titles included in this initiative. Albums can be pre-ordered here: https://UMe.lnk.to/ZappaAMSAmz

A Token Of His Extreme (Zappa Records, 2013) CD

In August 1974, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention taped two legendary sets at KCET TV Studios in Hollywood, CA. This popular footage was used by FZ in a number of different edits originally intended as a TV special and eventually featured in the home video release The Dub Room Special (1982). A Token Of His Extreme was officially issued on DVD in 2013 along with the release of the soundtrack on CD.

Buffalo (Vaulternative Records, 2007) 2CD

Originally released in 2007, Buffalo captures an entire concert recorded live at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY on October 25, 1980. The original tapes were salvaged from the Vault by Vaultmeister Joe Travers and mixed by Grammy-Award winning engineer Frank Filipetti.

Carnegie Hall (Vaulternative Records, 2011) 4CD

As history would have it, and thanks to the persistence of promoter Ron Delsener, Frank Zappa & his Mothers actually played Carnegie Hall. The two shows on October 11th, 1971 were recorded for posterity to mono 1/4″ tape using a concealed Nagra tape machine and an Electrovoice 664 microphone.

Civilization Phaze III (Barking Pumpkin, 1994) 2CD

Civilization Phaze III, one of the final projects to be finished by Zappa before his passing, completes the trilogy of Masterworks established first with Lumpy Gravy and We’re Only In It For The Money in 1968. Originally envisioned as “Lumpy Gravy, Phase III,” this music morphed over a period of years in various states of completion. Realized mainly on the Synclavier and including performances by the Ensemble Modern and newly recorded dialogue from inside the piano, Frank finally put the finishing touches on the double CD in 1992. It received a Grammy for Best Recording Package in 1995.

Congress Shall Make No Law…(Zappa Records, 2010) CD

Gail Zappa always said that FZ always made a point to “educate” his audience as well as entertain them. She continued on that note with this release, an informative document that focuses on the importance of FZ’s testimonies to fight censorship. FZ’s address to the Senate Committee Hearings in 1985 and to the Maryland State Legislature in 1986 are featured here in their entirety combined with various Synclavier and interview excerpts found in the Vault. Continue reading

Lands’ End Takes Spring Outerwear by Storm

As snowstorms turn to rain showers (we hope), Lands’ End continues to prove its expertise in designing high-quality spring outerwear with substance. Lands’ End announced it is launching a new collection of spring outerwear for women, offering versatile options for the wide range of spring weather and lifestyle needs.

Lands' End takes spring rainwear by storm.

Lands’ End takes spring rainwear by storm.

At Lands’ End, we pride ourselves on providing our customers outerwear for any weather condition they may find themselves in while ensuring we have an option for a variety of personal styles,” said Martin Cooper, Senior Vice President And Creative Director Of Design at Lands’ End. “The spring collection combines essential outerwear features, such as breathable waterproof fabric, taped seams, and placket covered zippers, with popular trend details in silhouettes women will love.

Here are some of the spring trends found in the new Lands’ End spring outerwear collection:

Classic Khaki with a Modern Twist
The Harbor Trench Coat is a go-to piece that takes the trench trend and makes it a spring staple. Worn with a pair of jeans or a classic dress, this chic trench is perfect for business wear, formal occasion, and light rain. The single-breasted style features princess seams, a back-button yoke and removable belt in a water repellent fabric.

Standout Sporty Staple
The popular winter Squall® is now a standout this spring and with good reason. It is a solid combination of water and wind resistance, smart design and sporty style. The new Women’s Lightweight Squall features a waterproof and wind-resistant nylon shell that can be cinched at the waist for a flattering shape, sealed seams, and a removable hood that is available in on-trend colors such as yellow dandelion and rich red.

Brighten Up Dreary Days with Shades of Yellow
Yellow is the key color for spring outerwear this season. Saturated yellows in coats and jackets will brighten up any dreary day. For all around versatility and style, the StormRaker Jacket cannot be beat. Flap pockets keep items safe while an inner-cinched drawcord can lend shape and keep away breezy drafts. Look for the StormRaker in yellow dandelion, as well as four other colors.

Lightweight and Packable
If travel is on the agenda or Mother Nature is being indecisive, the Women’s Travel PrimaLoft Jacket is highly compatible and makes an easy extra layer of warmth with its 80-gram PrimaLoft® insulation. This jacket easily folds up into the included drawstring bag, allowing for easy packing.

Cooper recommends keeping fit and function top of mind when shopping for the perfect spring jacket. Interior cinched waist details and following the product size chart helps flatter figures without leaving room for wind and rain to sneak in. Lifestyle and local weather are key to ensuring spring outerwear meets functionality needs.