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Shop LC Hawks Coronavirus Face Masks

April 7, 2020

Thanks to Queen Celeste for this tip about Shop LC.

On air now: Shop LC is offering disposable face masks, 5 for $7.99 plus shipping 10 per customer. First place I’ve found them. They said they are also donating them to their local hospitals.

Hope everyone is well. This is just surreal.

Yes it is.

ShopHQ Postpones 4Q Earnings Report Due To Pandemic

March 31, 2020

ShopHQ has rescheduled its fourth-quarter earnings release, originally slated for this week, until April 15.

“Due to COVID-19 complexities, including the recent shelter in place orders affecting iMedia employees in both Minnesota and Kentucky, iMedia Brands is using additional time to complete its year end audit procedures,” ShopHQ, whose corporate name is iMedia, said in a press release.

QVC As An ‘Essential’ Business During the Coronavirus Quarantine

March 30, 2020

We’ve been writing a lot about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses for our day job, and what companies in New York and New Jersey are considered “essential” and can remain open.

So it was interesting to read this New York Times story, headlined “QVC: Quarantine, Value, Convenience,” about how the home shopping network is up and running and broadcasting as an essential business.

Of course, all the U.S. home shopping continue to televise. But we have to wonder a bit who they are essential to?

We’re addicted, and we know others are, but essential?

“It was not possible, on Monday, to send a child to school in Pennsylvania or for the Department of Transportation to perform any but the most urgent bridge repairs,” The Times reported, “But bookkeepers, slaughterhouses, steel mills and QVC stayed open.”

We thought the story was pretty insightful about some of the allure of home shopping.

“In some respects, no network is better suited to see viewers through the unraveling global catastrophe,” The Times said of QVC. “Even under normal conditions, the shopping channel’s hypnotic, sales pitch-style programming soothes like a balm.”

According to The Times, “The company’s founder Joseph Segel, once summarized its appeal with the observation, ‘There’s no bad news on QVC.’”

The story poked fun at QVC and the challenge of hawking goods while a disease is ravaging the world and people are penned inside their homes.

“Parents wishing to sharpen children’s extemporaneous speaking skills during their prolonged absence from class would do well to present them with the challenge faced by host Kerstin Lindquist at the one o’clock hour on Monday: endeavoring, for 60 minutes, to sell sunglasses to a population heavily discouraged — in some localities, legally prohibited — from amusing itself outdoors,” The Times wrote.

FYI, so you can get your QVC packages, the channel’s fulfillment centers in Pennsylvania, Virginia, California, and North and South Carolina have not reduced staffing, according to The Times.

It reported that QVC said it has made health and safety modifications at all sites and that those who can do their jobs remotely are doing so.

Is Host Laura Duffek Gone From ShopHQ?

March 30, 2020

There were several posts on our blog saying that Laura Duffek had announced on Facebook that she was gone as a host at ShopHQ.

We checked her Facebook page, and didn’t see any such post. And Duffek is still listed as a host on the home shopping channel’s webpage.

Here is her bio:

Laura Duffek returns to ShopHQ having built a well-deserved reputation for being an informative and entertaining host whose ability to romance products makes customers fall in love too.

Her passion for customers is immediately evident, and her ability to make everyone feel welcome is just one of the many reasons she has fans who have stayed in touch with her for the last 25 years.

Can anyone add any clarity on this?

Home Shopping Networks End, Limit On-Air Guests During Coronavirus Outbreak

March 23, 2020

It’s no longer business as usual in America, or on U.S. home shopping networks.

We knew major changes were afoot a few days ago when veteran ShopHQ jewelry vendor Chuck Clemency made his appearance remotely, from his home in our home state, New Jersey.

Then we got this email from ShopHQ:

To Our Valued Customers,

As this global health concern continues to unfold, the ShopHQ family wants you to know that our number one priority is to continue to take every necessary step we can to ensure the health and safety of our customers, employees and guests.

We are diligently following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), so that our ShopHQ family can continue to support you with the highest quality service without disruption. Our customer solution agents, many of whom work from home, remain available to take your calls 24/7. We continue to be on-air and online 24/7 with engaging entertainment and shopping. And, you can always find us available on our social channels.

I want to personally thank you for being a part of our community. And as with all personal and professional challenges in life, big and small, we will work smart, we will work tirelessly, and we will get through this. Thank you.

Tim Peterman

Then QVC product rep Linda Davis posted on Facebook that as of today, Monday, on-air guest hosts would no longer be allowed on the No. 1 home shopping channel.

“My heart is heavy but I support their decision for safety,” Davis wrote. “There are many of us and hard to control the amount of people coming in. Safety for all first.”

Davis, who has been on QVC 18 years, said she appeared on the network most recently last Wednesday.

“I am sitting this quarantine out alone,” she wrote.

Meanwhile on JTV, hosts are sitting 6 feet away from each other, practicing social distancing.

It will be interesting to see if the home shopping networks see a burst in sales with malls and brick-and-mortar retailer closed, or if consumers will take advantage of e-commerce and just shop online.

Jambu, Kimberly Wells Coming To HSN In April

March 8, 2020

We liked and were buying Jambu shoes and boots long before they arrived on ShopHQ. We like their chunky look.

So we are happy to see that not only Jambu but former ShopHQ host Kimberly Wells are jumping from that home shopping network and coming to HSN, starting April 9.

Looks like Wells, who left ShopHQ a way back, will be the on-air rep for the footwear line.

Hope there are some good deals.

Lisa Mason Heads Back to QVC

February 27, 2020

Former QVC host Lisa Mason has flitted back and forth several home shopping networks since leaving the Q a few years back.

She did a jewelry line for JTV. She repped a product, a tooth whitener, as we recall, for QVC.

Now she’s apparently heading back to QVC.

Mason posted on Facebook that as Dorothy said in “The Wizard of Oz,” there’s no place like home. She said she will be on QVC next Tuesday for “Big Bonanza,” which we assume is the channel’s big silver sale.

In her post Mason mentioned that her wedding ring will be back at the same price it was during her last QVC show, which was in 2010. We remember that item, a floral style ring.

When Mason left QVC her beloved husband Gino had cancer, and he has since passed away. It will be good to see her.

HSN Jewelry Maven Carol Brodie Sues Over Toxic Diet Noodles

February 27, 2020

Gorgeous HSN jewelry vendor Carol Brodie, who was just on the home shopping network tonight, has filed a lawsuit over diet noodles that sent her to the hospital.

We were looking through our Facebook feed today when we saw a post from WNBC-TV here in New York, and it reminded us of the posts Brodie had done about her horrible experience eating “Better Than Pasta.” It is made of konjac flour.

As it turned out, the TV segment was on Brodie’s lawsuit and she was interviewed on-camera, blonde and slim as ever. She is not only suing the manufacturer of the product but Amazon for selling it.

Here is the promo for the segment:

A woman who purchased Better Than Pasta noodles said the food congealed in her stomach and caused her great pain — and she’s not the only one to complain of the possible side effects by the noodles that don’t dissolve in the stomach.

Brodie and others are calling for the FDA to ban products made from konjac flour.

We sure don’t think we’ll be trying them soon, even though we need to lose a ton of weight.

QVC, HSN Suffer 3% Revenue Dive In 4Q

February 26, 2020

Fourth-quarter blues for QVC and HSN.

Combined, the two leading home shopping networks, saw their revenue drop 3% for the quarter as well as for the full year 2019, their parent Qurate Retail reported Tuesday.

In the fourth quarter last year, sales slid to $2.692 billion from $2.789 billion the same year-ago period.

In addition, the unit that includes both channels, called QxH, saw revenue declines in all categories. For the full year QxH realized declines in all categories except electronics.

“Our fourth quarter results were in line with full-year trends, notably we experienced pressure on revenue and margins from the investment in network optimization at QxH,” Mike George, president and CEO of Qurate Retail, said in a statement.

“Despite these challenges, we were encouraged with our ability to grow free cash flow in 2019 on an operating basis,” he said. “We are accelerating the execution of our strategic priorities as we work to return to profitable growth. We continue to lead the curation of special products at compelling values across multiple platforms, providing customers an important third way to shop.”

Operating income declined in the fourth quarter and full year primarily due to an increase in impairment charges at HSN, partially offset by the absence of transaction-related expenses incurred in 2018.

Operating income included non-cash impairment charges related to the fair value of HSN’s trade name of $147 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 and $30 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.

For the quarter and full year, adjusted OIBDA margin(3) contracted primarily due to cost of sales pressure, which included higher fulfillment (freight and warehouse) expenses related to the network optimization plan and general freight rate increases as well as inventory management including costs associated with the exit from Ingenious Designs.

That company, FYI, is Joy Mangano’s former business.

For the full year, these headwinds were partially offset by a favorable product mix impact, according to Qurate. Adjusted OIBDA margin benefited in the fourth quarter and full year from TV distribution commissions, which were partially offset by higher marketing expenses.

The fourth quarter also benefited from lower incentive compensation. Lower TV distribution commissions were in part associated with the accounting treatment for certain renewed HSN carriage agreements, as well as favorable renegotiated rates at HSN.

Beginning in the third quarter of 2018, HSN began renewing TV carriage agreements with its distribution partners, which provided multi-year upfront payments that are amortized over the life of the agreements, versus its previous convention of expensing quarterly payments as incurred.

JTV’s Nikki Coggins And Single Status

February 23, 2020

We were watching JTV last night when host Nikki Coggins described herself as a single mom. That seemed to confirm what one reader had mentioned awhile ago.

We believe it was last year that Coggins made a big fuss on Facebook about her wedding to a high-ranking local police officer. She posted about the events leading up to it, and we loved reading it. Geez, which chick doesn’t enjoy hearing about weddings and another woman finding her special guy?

Well, our reader told us the marriage had gone kaput, and that Coggins and her new spouse had scrubbed their Facebook accounts of any reference to the wedding.

And we guess that in fact they are not together anymore, from what Coggins said last night.

Sorry to hear it.