October 12, 2013 |
The success of West Chester-based QVC Inc. led its parent company, Liberty Interactive Corp., to announce Thursday that it would give the e-commerce retailer and cable shopping business its own "tracking stock. " Englewood, Colo.-based Liberty said it was making the change "intended to provide greater clarity regarding QVC's strong operating metrics, such as its leadership in mobile commerce and pioneering efforts in establishing social shopping platforms for its customers. " A tracking stock is issued by a parent company to follow the performance of a specific division.
September 6, 2013 |
PHILLY has a swimmer in ABC's "Shark Tank. " Lori Greiner, an inventor and businesswoman who relishes her role as the "warm-blooded shark" on the show's panel of potential investors, is from Chicago but keeps a condo in Center City to be close to QVC, the West Chester-based shopping channel where she's been selling her products for 16 years. "Shark Tank" returns for a fifth season at 9 p.m. Sept. 20, but starting at 8 p.m. Sunday would-be entrepreneurs can wade into "Shark Tank Week," a six-night event featuring past episodes chosen by the "sharks" themselves.
July 28, 2013
IF YOU SHOP the rarefied jewelry departments of Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's or Nordstrom, you know the work of Ann King Lagos. Lagos, not the person, but the statement-making baubles she helped create for 20 years, can be seen shimmering in the gleaming cases of such upscale retailers. But then again, if you shop QVC, you probably know her creations, too. Her more midrange line of jewelry, Ann King, has been a fixture of the West Chester-based home-shopping channel since 2001. A couple of weeks ago, Moore College announced that King Lagos, who studied metalsmithing at Philadelphia College of Art, would receive its 2013 Visionary Woman Award (also winning this year: Moore-educated sculptor Kathy Butterly)
April 16, 2013 |
Tara McConnell has taken simple stoneware and turned it into kitchen gear QVC shoppers can't seem to get enough of. As chief designer and president of Temp-tations L.L.C. in Exton, McConnell is on the shopping channel twice a week, demonstrating tried-and-true 9-by-7-inch baking dishes and 21/2-quart cow-figure bakers. "This is so stinking cute," she said on a recent broadcast with host Mary Beth Roe, the camera lingering on a hand-painted casserole set. Only about 10 minutes into an hour-long show, Roe said 600 shoppers had already placed orders for cow- and chicken-theme ceramics.
March 22, 2013 |
MAYBE HAVING all the toys isn't the best idea. As my buddy Chuck Darrow wrote about in these pages Wednesday, NBC 10 recently debuted a new helicopter called SKYFORCE 10 (all caps!) But on a Tuesday broadcast, reporter Christine Maddela and her crew got more than they bargained for: some doggy porn. Maddela was reporting on an alleged dogfighting ring in Germantown when the camera zoomed in on the backyard only to catch one dog mounting another. Bow chick-a wow wow . "You can see that one dog is . . . uh . . . chained up . . . , " Maddela said, trying to draw focus away from the copulating pooches.
March 4, 2013
Retailers, who closed the books on their fiscal years in January, are just beginning to release their financial results for 2012. Struggling J.C. Penney Co. Inc. saw its shares plunge 17 percent one day after announcing a net loss of $985 million, or $4.49 per share, and a 25 percent decline in sales for 2012. Urban Outfitters Inc., the Philadelphia-based chain that has been a favorite on Wall Street, won't release complete financial results until March 11. But last month it reported a 17 percent increase in fourth-quarter sales and a 13 percent increase in full-year sales.
December 25, 2012 |
What do shopping-center development and grout cleaning have in common? His name is Robert M. Hill. Not that the president of Retail Sites L.L.C. in Maple Shade has spent any time tackling the detestable chore of scrubbing between the bathroom tiles in his Moorestown home. "Not any more than the typical American male," Hill said of his cleaning involvement. But his Grout Gator is headed for mega-exposure - most likely, next month - on QVC, to be pitched by a guest host who estimates that he has sold between $75 million and $80 million in home-improvement products over 13 years of appearances.
December 17, 2012
LAST WEEK, Philadelphia Style magazine celebrated its December/January issue, featuring actress and QVC makeup mogul Josie Maran on the cover, with a party at the new Hotel Monaco near Independence Mall. Partygoers were treated to cocktails from Don Q Rum, tasty hors d'oeuvres and a light dinner. Style was in the room, from the ladies in dazzling dresses and sparkling heels to suited-up gentlemen such as former Eagle Vince Papale and state Sen. Larry Farnese. The event was sponsored by Audi.
December 6, 2012
In the Region Bank pays tax for same-sex couples TD Bank , which has one of its two U.S. headquarters in Cherry Hill, said it will begin to offset the cost of federal and state taxes that its employees in same-sex partnerships pay in excess of those of heterosexual married couples. The tax equalization will take effect on Jan. 1. Same-sex partnerships are not recognized under federal or many state laws, causing people enrolled in domestic-partner health benefits to incur extra taxes, the bank said.
November 5, 2012 |
What an exhilarating week it has been for Aaron Krause, and not just because he's a guy with a sponge business at an especially soggy time. Actually, that caused him considerable anxiety until he managed to get to his warehouse in Folcroft on Tuesday to find that Sandy had not destroyed his inventory of 300,000 Scrub Daddy cleaning disks - bright yellow circles of highly engineered polymer measuring 4 inches across, their centers carved into smiling...