Archive for February, 2017

Beauty Cult Fav GloPro A Top Seller On HSN

February 24, 2017

We are saving up for our GloPro.

We missed it when HSN offered this hand-held micro-needle device, which is supposed to help eliminate wrinkles and give you younger-looking skin.

The New York Times on Thursday did a story on GloPro, and the lede was about vendor Jamie O’Banion hawking the device on HSN for $199, with much success.

Last March the item sold out on HSN in 12 minutes, according to The Times, with 22,000 “flying out the door,” as the hosts would say. That amounted to 400,000 greenbacks.

Last year sales of GloPro — which is available at not only HSN but snooty Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman — hit $30 million, The Times reported.

HSN wouldn’t release its figured, but did say that GloPro is a top-selling item.

O’Banion is the founder of Dallas-based Beauty Bioscience, which makes the device.

There’s scientific research, cited in the paper, that GloPro works, and it was called “Beauty’s New Cult Device” by Women’s Wear Daily.

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HSN Catches Sheryl Crow’s First Fashion Line

February 23, 2017

Singer Sheryl Crow, whose “My Favorite Mistake” is one of our favorite songs, is the latest celeb to be doing a fashion line for HSN.

HSN CEO Mindy Grossman revealed that little tidbit during a fourth-quarter analyst call on Wednesday.

In fact, the No. 2 home shopping channel is going a little bit country. It has lined up a number of country artists to do merchandise for it this year.”

“We will celebrate Music City in Nashville, exposing customers to performers who have developed exclusive collection for HSN,” Grossman said, according to a transcript provided by Seeking Alpha.

“The new brand launches will include Sheryl Crow’s first fashion collection, LaBellum by Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Patricia Nash Handbags and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town with Kitchen.”

http://seekingalpha.com/article/4048459-hsn-hsni-q4-2016-results-earnings-call-transcript?part=single

Crow’s line will debut April 13.

http://www.hsn.com/shop/sheryl-crow/16123

Here is what her website says:

Entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN has partnered with singer, songwriter, and now fashion designer, Sheryl Crow for the upcoming exclusive debut of her first ever lyric inspired fashion line, Sheryl Crow, on April 13th.

The eponymous collection is vintage-inspired and features easy to wear styles for the everyday girl with a rock n’ roll twist. Each piece comes with an empowering and affirmative handwritten personal message or inspiring song lyric from Sheryl.

With prices ranging from $39.90 to $299.90, Sheryl Crow features effortless, ageless apparel and accessories that include novelty tanks and tees, embellished skinny jeans, denim jackets, cow-girl boots and booties, lightweight scarves, and a hobo bag.

http://www.sherylcrow.com/updates/sheryl-debuts-her-new-fashion-line-hsn-29936

HSN’s Q4 Sales Dip 1%, To $769 Million

February 22, 2017

HSN reported on Wednesday that its net sales dipped 1 percent, to $769.3 million, in the fourth quarter versus the prior year.

The No. 2 home shopping network said that the “decrease is largely due to a direct-response television marketing campaign that concluded earlier this year and the prior year’s incremental sales from the initial roll-out for a wholesale business expansion, offset by a 1 percent increase in HSN’s core business.”

Operating income also decreased, by 2 percent, to $64.6 million.

Digital sales rose 9 percent, with penetration increasing 440 basis points to 48 percent.

HSN’s sales increased in wellness, culinary and electronics, offset by decreases in jewelry, apparel and accessories and in shipping revenue.

The decrease in shipping revenue was primarily due to changes in the standard shipping rates, which became effective in last August, as well as increased promotions.

HSN is part of HSN Inc., which also includes the Cornerstone unit. HSNi’s net sales decreased 2 percent in the fourth quarter, to $1.1 billion, with Cornerstone’s net sales dropping 5 percent, to $304 million.

“Clearly, 2016 was a year of disruption in retail characterized by a distracting environment, cautious consumer spending and a heightened promotional climate,” HSN Inc. CEO Mindy Grossman said in a canned statement.

“While this impacted the performance of our business, we have been taking strategic actions to best position HSNi and take advantage of new opportunities, including building our brands with a continued emphasis on digital — now representing 55 percent of our business, with mobile 45 percent of digital.”

“In addition to the disruptive retail climate, our overall fourth-quarter results were affected by certain under-performing product categories — particularly jewelry at HSN and areas within home in the Cornerstone portfolio, the standardization of our shipping and handling practices at HSN and implementation of our supply chain optimization initiative. Also, our year-ago comparisons were distorted by the divestiture of two businesses,” Grossman added.

The home shopping network’s average price point decreased 2 percent, largely due to an increase in promotional activity and changes in product mix. Units shipped increased 2 percent.

Gross profit decreased 9 percent to $229.7 million. Gross profit rate decreased 250 basis points to 29.9 percent primarily due to higher shipping and handling costs and lower shipping revenues.

The increase in shipping and handling costs was largely due to the issues with the implementation of HSN’s supply-chain optimization, changes in product mix and increased shipping cost rates. The implementation issues reduced gross profit by $13 million, or 160 basis points as a percentage of net sales.

HSN said that began phasing in its expanded automation capabilities in its Piney Flats, Tenn., distribution center in the third quarter last year. During that conversion, HSN “experienced implementation issues which had an impact of approximately $16 million, or 19 cents per diluted share, in the fourth quarter which largely impacted gross profit and, to a lesser extent, operating expenses.”

Operating expenses increased 1 percent, to $165.1 million.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased 25 percent, to $75.8 million. Excluding the impact of the supply-chain optimization implementation, operating income was $80.6 million and adjusted EBITDA was $91.8 million, representing a 9 percent decrease.

HSN Inc. also appointed Rod Little as chief financial officer, reporting to Grossman. He comes to HSNi with significant public company expertise in the consumer-products industry, having served as CFO for Elizabeth Arden Inc. as well as a variety of leadership positions with Procter & Gamble.

“We expect our hard work and learnings from 2016 to position 2017 as a year of growth regeneration, with a laser-focus on our proprietary product pipeline; driving customer acquisition, retention and spend; optimizing digital platforms; leveraging our distributed commerce capabilities; advancing our supply chain initiatives and cultivating talent across the organization,” Grossman said.

“We will be executing against these priorities while investing in operational execution for future efficiency and leverage. am particularly excited that Rod Little has recently joined as CFO of HSNi. Rod will be a key partner as we evolve and pursue our strategies with an emphasis on growth, optimal resource allocation, expense management and value creation.”

QVC Furrier Dennis Basso Lands In ‘Ocean’s Eight’

February 17, 2017

Dennis Basso, the chichi Manhattan furrier and QVC vendor, will be coming to a movie screen near you.

http://pagesix.com/2017/02/15/ivana-trump-skips-out-on-dennis-basso-fashion-show/

Basso, who hails from Morris County, N.J.,(where we grew up), will have a cameo role in “Ocean’s Eight,” Page Six reported on Thursday.

The New York Post gossip column did an item on Ivana Trump, our president’s ex-, skipping Basso’s show at New York Fashion Week. Lisa Rinna, a QVC vendor like Basso, was in the house.

In that item, Page Six told of Basso’s bit part in the movie, and said that he has also designed some of the dresses for a scene in the flick that recreates the Met Gala.

Chef Wolfgang ‘F—k’ Lets Loose On HSN

February 14, 2017

Wolfgang Puck has had at least one temper tantrum on HSN that we blogged about. Now the celebrity chef used some really salty language on the home shopping network, according to TMZ.

http://www.tmz.com/2017/02/13/wolfgang-puck-hsn-f-word/

We don’t know how they got the video, or who other than nuts like us were watching HSN late-night, but Puck used a naughty word starting with “F” that rhymes with his last name. He said it very nonchalantly, as if forgetting he was on-the-air live.

We thought there was a time-delay on home shopping channels to avoid just this kind of thing, but the censor did not catch the profanity.

Host Susan Runyan, ever the pro, just glossed over it and pretended like Wolgang hadn’t said anything out of the ordinary.

Actor John O’Hurley’s ‘Pet Shoppe’ Bows On Evine Friday

February 14, 2017

We already reported that actor John O’Hurley, who played Elaine’s boss on “Seinfeld,” was coming to Evine with pet products.

The No. 3 home shopping network on Monday put out the press release on his premiere.

Here it is:

Former “Seinfeld” Star (J. Peterman) and Host of “The National Dog Show” John O’Hurley Brings Pet Products to Evine

Debuting February 17, “Pet Shoppe with John O’Hurley” will blend shopping with entertainment and feature unique pet products and live demonstrations

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Evine Live Inc. (“Evine”) (NASDAQ:EVLV), a multiplatform video commerce company (evine.com), today announced that it will premiere “Pet Shoppe with John O’Hurley” on February 17, featuring the former “Seinfeld” star and host of “The National Dog Show.” Blending entertainment, education and shopping, the show aims to provide animal lovers with an assortment of unique products and helpful pet care tips.

“Everyone immediately recognizes John O’Hurley as J. Peterman on ‘Seinfeld,’ but many don’t know of his love for dogs,” said Bob Rosenblatt, Chief Executive Officer of Evine.

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“John has made his mark on the dog community, both as a New York Times best-selling author and host of ‘The National Dog Show’ for the past 15 years. He also has a quick, witty style that we feel will make for a highly entertaining show. We’re thrilled to partner with John in this endeavor and look forward to expanding our pet business while inviting new viewers to Evine with a show that will make them smile.”

Premiering Friday, February 17 at midnight, 6am, 11am and 6pm ET, “Pet Shoppe with John O’Hurley” will offer a variety of unique and innovative items for both dogs and cats. During the show, O’Hurley will share his expertise with viewers and provide education on different dog breeds, with the intent to help pet owners better understand their four-legged family members.

“Pets are my passion and having the opportunity to share that with viewers in such a fun way is a dream come true,” said O’Hurley. “As a dog owner myself, I believe it is essential to understand what your pet needs and the best ways to care for them. By educating viewers of the temperament of different breeds and arming them with the right products, I hope I can help pet owners everywhere live happier lives with their furry friends.”

Here is the boilerplate on O’Hurley:

John O’Hurley has become one of the most versatile players in entertainment. As the longstanding host of ‘The National Dog Show presented by Purina,’ John is probably best known as J. Peterman from the record-breaking, hit sitcom ‘Seinfeld.’

O’Hurley’s career began in daytime television where he appeared on several soap operas. He also starred on the inaugural edition of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” ultimately winning the championship. John went on to play Billy Flynn, the male lead in Broadway’s ‘Chicago’, and has since hosted the syndicated game show, ‘Family Feud.’

He has also written three books, including New York Times’ bestsellers: ‘It’s Okay to Miss The Bed On the First Jump,’ ‘Before The Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have To Do It: Life Lessons From A Wise Old Dog To A Young Boy,’ and ‘The Perfect Dog,’ published by Penguin Books. John is an animal lover who’s thrilled to share his lifetime experiences to help advise viewers who love their pets as much as he loves his own.

HSN Has A Beast Of A Promotion Brewing

February 9, 2017

HSN is doing yet another one of its partnerships with a movie studio for a film, this time for “Beauty and the Beast.”

We don’t know if these have been successes or not. We do know that some of the movies that HSN has tied product to have flopped.

Anyway, here’s Thursday’s press release.

HSN Ignites Designers’ Creativity With the Launch of Its Enchanting Disney “Beauty and the Beast” Collection

Ruthie Davis, Marla Wynne, Luke Henderson, Danielle Nicole, Heidi Daus and More Create an Inspired Collection, Spanning Across Home, Apparel and Accessories

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 09, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN is launching a marketing collaboration with Disney for the release of its all-new live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast, a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. Beginning at 11 p.m. on March 14th through midnight on March 15th, HSN is inviting customers to ‘Be HSN’s Guest’ as it launches its exclusive HSN collection via an interactive on-air shopping experience inspired by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is filled with incredible visual themes that inspired our designers to create collections that captured the rich colors and characters in the film,” said Bill Brand, President, HSN. “Beauty and the Beast marks our seventh movie collaboration with Disney, and we are thrilled to excite our customers through this engaging entertainment event across our TV, digital and mobile platforms.”

From the white icy forest to the warm rose motifs, each curated capsule collection captures visual themes from the new Beauty and the Beast, creating a dynamic collection across home, fashion, accessories, garden and beauty. Shoppers will be able to access new designer collections, including:

Intricate, novelty shoes by renowned shoe designer, Ruthie Davis;
Sophisticated apparel pieces by Marla Wynn;
Cosmetic accessory collection by Bravo’s Ladies of London Stylist, Luke Henderson;
Detailed, character-inspired hand bags by accessories designer, Danielle Nicole;
Fantastical statement jewelry by Heidi Daus;
Delicate glass rose by Waterford;
Belle-inspired sandals and footwear by celebrated footwear designer, Vince Camuto;
Hand-carved jewelry pieces by Amedeo;
Table top glassware by Patina Vie;
Home pieces featuring the rose motif by Clever Carriage;
Bone china tea sets and accessories by Royal Albert;
Live roses in yellow, red and a special red-yellow combination by Meadow Valley.

“Building on the success of our previous collaborations, HSN is developing an absolutely stunning themed collection that celebrates the artistry and enchantment of Beauty and the Beast,” said Don Gross, Vice President, Global Marketing Partnership & Promotions. “It’s sure to charm fans and we’re excited to share it with fans very soon.”

Here is the boilerplate on the flick:

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told.

“Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within.

The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

QVC Airs Reruns On Gem Day

February 9, 2017

As far as we know, Evine pioneered rerunning its prime-time programming in the overnight hours, the wee hours of the morning. That was a switch, since it’s a home shopping tradition to broadcast live 24/7.

Maybe we’ve just missed it before, but early Thursday morning for the first time — at least that we’ve ever seen — QVC reran host Jane Treacy and gem expert Peyton Kelley’s introduction to the TSV. It is Gem Day at QVC.

Anticipating a snow day, we were up watching QVC at 3 a.m. or so when we saw a presentation on a rainbow-colored sapphire bracelet that sounded familiar.

It was familiar because we had seen it shortly after midnight.

On-screen QVC said that the programming had been previously recorded. We didn’t stay up long enough to see how many hours of the earlier programming, the “Gem Day Grand Opening,” was rebroadcast.

What gives?

‘Watch’ Evine Air From Cruise Ship

February 9, 2017

We love it when home shopping networks are innovative and move out of their studios to broadcast live from location. Evine just did several days of programming from the Tucson gem show, and now it is moving from the arid desert to the sea.

The network Wednesday said it will air a live watch event aboard the Carnival Victory Cruise ship starting today, Thursday, through Monday.

Now class, guess which timepiece line is being featured?

Oy, yes the “Invicta Ocean Voyage Live” event “will take fans inside and behind the scenes of an Invicta-themed cruise experience,” according to the press release.

“Evine regularly transports customers to exotic shopping destinations, but we’ve never done anything quite like this,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“By partnering with Invicta and leveraging the talents and technologies of our broadcast team, we’ve set our sights on a new endeavor: broadcasting Evine programming live aboard a cruise ship. Through this event, we hope to bring the excitement of the Invicta Ocean Voyage directly to customers’ living rooms and on their different screens, while creating an entertaining shopping experience like no other.”

Over the past 15 years (it actually seems like an eternity), Invicta and Evine have done more than 30 destination-based events, from various sites in the United States, Mexico and the Bahamas.

Evine also tooted its own horn, pointing out that it has broadcast live from Las Vegas, New York City, Waterford Ireland. It also airs a weekly show from Paula Deen’s Savannah, Ga.

The “Invicta Ocean Voyage Live” begins Feb. 9 with a broadcast from the Invicta Marine Pavilion before the ship sets sail the following day. During the Invicta event, Evine will be hawking more than 100 new designs.

“One of the things that sets Invicta apart from almost any other brand is our community of passionate watch enthusiasts,” Eyal Lalo, CEO of Invicta Watch Group, said in a statement.

“That’s what makes the Invicta Ocean Voyage so special… not only is this the first time we’ll broadcast live aboard a cruise ship, but it’s the first time this community will come together on such a large scale. I look forward to meeting these enthusiasts in person and am excited to partner with Evine to bring this experience to collectors everywhere.”

HSN Drops Trump Merchandise

February 8, 2017

First, HSN pulled Bajalia jewelry off the air and its website. Now, it has joined a number of businesses, such as Nordstrom, that are dropping Trump-related merchandise.

There were numerous media reports, a bit muddled, on Tuesday that said HSN had stopped offer Ivanka Trump items. We never remember the network selling them.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/juliareinstein/ivanka-trumps-clothing-line-has-disappeared-from-four-more-r?utm_term=.bigq2YMba#.qe8PKw60Q

Other accounts claimed that it was Trump Home products, some lamps, that were dropped by HSN.

http://www.racked.com/2017/2/7/14539756/hsn-shopstyle-ivanka-trump

The network copped to dropping something.

“At HSN we are non-partisan and our product decisions are based solely on a continual evaluation related to our business,” HSN flak Jill Kermes told told BuzzFeed News.

“While we don’t take a political position at HSN, we recognize that our employees, our partners and our customers will have wide-ranging views on politics and public policy. That sometimes means people will have differences of opinion, but we welcome and encourage that diversity of thought.”