Posts Tagged ‘Evine’

Liquidation Channel Renamed Shop LC

January 12, 2017

Liquidation Channel — once The Jewelry Channel — has now relaunched as Shop LC, the network said Wednesday.

The name reminds us of Evine’s old handle, ShopNBC.

The Liquidation Channel — where veteran home shopping hosts Dan Dennis and Shawn Wilsie now toil — announced that its new moniker reflects its change in strategy over the past few years.

Shortly after The Jewelry Channel debuted in 2007, the United States entered the Great Recession, and sales declined, according to the network’s press release.

“Fully expecting to liquidate merchandise and cease operations, TJC changed its name to Liquidation Channel,” the release said. “However, instead of going out of business, the network experienced steady growth and has been operating as Liquidation Channel since 2008.”

Shop LC’s business model “has evolved into a more expansive shopping experience,” we are told.

“Beyond jewelry and gemstones, precious metals and collectibles, Shop LC features handbags and fashion accessories, healthcare and beauty essentials, the latest in cooking and kitchen supplies as well as luxurious, comfortable bedding and bath products for the whole family,” the release says.

“The rebrand to Shop LC is about evolution,” Shop LC President Kevin Lyons said in a statement. “The company is clearly here to stay, and Shop LC is a name that accurately reflects our current business model and wide-ranging merchandise offerings. We’re finding more ways to deliver joy.”

The network’s plans include growing non-jewelry sales, diversifying the merchandise mix and “claiming significant market share in the value-oriented retail industry.”

In addition to the name change, Shop LC is designing new broadcast studios, updating television and website graphics and expanding its corporate headquarters.

“Shop LC personifies low cost, and we’ve claimed that space within the digital television shopping industry,” Lyons said.

Here is the boilerplate on Shop LC:

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Shop LC (formerly Liquidation Channel), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vaibhav Global Ltd. (VGL), a vertically integrated company with global sourcing and manufacturing capabilities.

Shop LC is a value-conscious, interactive retailer focused on the fine jewelry, beauty, fashion, home decor and lifestyle product categories. Established in 2007, Shop LC reaches approximately 80 million U.S. households.

Ex-Evine Host Sarah Anderson Comes To HSN

January 6, 2017

Several of our readers have pointed out that ex-Evine host Sarah Anderson is now at HSN.

She hasn’t been added to HSN’s host list on its website yet, but she has an HSN Facebook page and has posted a number of photos of her being on the air on the No. 2 home shopping network.

https://www.facebook.com/SarahAndersonOnHSN/

On another note, fans of Jennifer Flavin and her HSN line, Serious Skincare, should tune in to the Golden Globes this weekend. The three daughters she had with super action-star Sylvester Stallone will collectively be serving as Miss Golden Globe for the award ceremony.

Basically, Sophia, 20, Sistine, 18, and Scarlet, 14, will be handing out statues at the awards, which are bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

http://www.latimes.com/fashion/la-ig-wwd-miss-golden-globe-stallone-daughters-20170105-story.html

This ceremony is usually a lot more fun and raucous than other award shows, because alcohol is served to the stars as they await word of who won and who lost.

Dave King’s Wedding, Daniel Green Back, Gorga Out In Montclair

January 5, 2017

A bit of brief home shopping catch-up, since we’re under the weather and have to get some rest.

Former QVC host and actor Dave King kicked off the New Year by tying the knot with his lady love, Jenny Repko, in Manhattan Beach in Cali. Congrats to all.

Former Evine host Daniel Green, who left the network last year to break out as a chef and to hawk pots in infomercials, has turned up on the No. 3 home shopping channel again. We don’t know what that’s about, but it looks like the dashing Brit is back with “The Sizzle.”

https://www.facebook.com/DanielGreenEvine/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf

And finally, Melissa Gorga of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” fame, has apparently closed the shop she had opened in our town, Montclair, N.J. Our talented colleague at our day job, Joan Verdon, broke the story.

http://www.northjersey.com/story/money/2017/01/03/real-housewives-retail-plot-twist—envy-closed/96113256/

What’s the home shopping connection? Gorga is one of the many women from the Bravo “Housewives” franchises to do a jewelry line. Her’s was for HSN.

In Memory Of Former Evine Host Connie Kunkle

December 19, 2016

We’re running on empty, exhausted after arriving in NJ at 6:30 a.m. Sunday on a red-eye flight from Phoenix. We didn’t sleep much on the plane, sandwiched in a middle seat, and we didn’t take a nap today, since we were running around trying to catch up on Christmas stuff.

But we felt compelled to blog about the shocking death of ex-Evine host Connie Kunkle. We were on vacation when we read abut her demise, at the young age of 58, on Facebook. We didn’t have a laptop to write about it when it happened, but it truly disturbed it and caused us sorrow, in a haunting way.

We were even more stunned to read that Kunkle had died of a special kind of dementia. How could that be? She was so young.

Her friend Andy Taylor posted the news last week.

Friends of Connie: It is with deep sorrow that I share that our friend Connie Kunkle has passed away at age 58. Little more than a year ago, Connie was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, at which time she moved to Texas to be with her sister, Judy. In the last few months, Connie transitioned to a memory care facility where she received loving care.

I hope it brings some comfort that Connie never ceased to be her wonderful self, with the sparkling green eyes, and delighted her caregivers despite her advancing condition. She passed peacefully in her sleep last night.

My 36 yr. friendship with Connie began with Disney Entertainment in Florida, after which she starred on Broadway and touring companies, sang around the world and in recent years was a very popular and dynamic on-air host for ShopNBC (now Evine).

Arrangements will be forthcoming. I know we all share in this shock and grief and are heartbroken. Please share this news with anyone who would want to know. Most of all, please know that Connie is no longer bound to a broken body and mind, and is now with her heavenly father, probably belting out a show tune – that’s our Connie!

The tributes poured in about the vivacious and gorgeous blonde host. We enjoyed her her on ShopNBC/Evine, and blogged about her “early retirement” exit from the network in March.

https://homeshoppingista.wordpress.com/2016/03/16/veteran-evine-live-host-connie-kunkle-exits/

At the time, Evine announced that Kunkle was leaving and gave no hint about her dementia diagnosis.

EVINE Live Host Connie Kunkle wanted to share the following message with all of her fans:

“It is with a sad heart that I inform my EVINE Live customers, coworkers and friends, that I am leaving my position as an On-Air Host and taking early retirement. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the company and my interactions with its loyal and loving customers. I will miss the encouragement and friendship from this community. I appreciate your support, and I will miss each of you. A special thank you!”

We want to sincerely thank Connie for all the smiles and laughter she has brought to us and her viewers over the past 11 years. We wish her all the best as she starts this new phase in her life and will miss her dearly. Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy a few fun clips of Connie over the years plus share your favorite Connie memory in the comments below.

We had her bio from Evinelive.com, but had no idea how deep her background was as a performer and singer.

We’d venture to guess that most Americans have friends or family who have suffered from dementia, and we so wish that scientists would come up with a cure. It is complicated: We used to blog about TBI and dementia for our former college boyfriend.

There are many kinds of dementia, with different causes, and dementia does not equal Alzheimer’s. But it does translate to heartache for those who get it — whatever kind — and their caregivers.

Evine Names Chief Human Resources Officer

December 3, 2016

Evine has appointed Lori Riley as senior vice president, chief human resources officer, the network said Friday.

Riley joins Evine with more than 15 years of experience in the retail industry, serving in leadership positions at Target Corp. and UnitedHealth Group where she oversaw a number of responsibilities, including leadership of global employee relations, HR operations, payroll and employee experience.

“Lori comes to us with over two decades of human resources experience and a proven track record for driving exceptional performance by building strong and talented teams,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“I am excited for her to join Evine’s already strong management team and help shape our ‘Be Good to Yourself’ culture.”

Riley joins Evine after serving as vice president of human capital at UnitedHealth Group where she accelerated the company’s talent analytics strategy, drove innovative HR operations to scale with global growth, reinvigorated the diversity & inclusion strategy and established a values-based, positive culture with strong customer service focus.

Prior to that, she spent 15 years at Minneapolis-based Target in numerous human resource positions.

“Being from the Minneapolis area, I’ve followed Evine’s story for some time now,” Riley said. “Bob has shared with me his vision for the Company, and I truly believe the best days are yet to come. Evine already has a strong foundation to build upon, and I look forward to working alongside the team to develop a world-class team and culture.”

Riley received her MBA from Northern Illinois University.

Jewelry Designer Margo Manhattan Moves To HSN From Evine

November 26, 2016

Jewelry-designer-to-the-stars Margo Manhattan for a brief time did a gorgeous collection for Evine.

The pieces were lovely, chunky sterling silver. But it appeared to us to be a one-shot deal.

Manhattan posted on Facebook this week that she was shuttering her store in the Big Apple and going in a new direction — namely south to HSN.

“It’s Official!” the blonde beauty wrote.

“My beloved shop on Madison Ave & 88th street, has brought us into the wonderful world of TV. We are closing the store on December 19th 2016 to jump into a fabulous new direction. Stay tuned! #Blessed HSN.”

Manhattan has designed jewelry that celebs such as Beyonce have worn, in a video and whatnot.

Meanwhile, she’s having a closing sale at her retail store.

Can’t want to see what she brings to HSN next year.

Evine Sales Drop 7 Percent In 3Q, To $152 Million

November 22, 2016

The hits keep coming to home shopping networks in the third quarter, and we don’t mean that in a good way.

Evine, the No. 3 channel, released its earnings on Tuesday, and its announcement “buried the lead,” as we say in journalism, about the sales drop. Net sales declined 7 percent, to $152 million.

The good news is that Evine stopped some of the flow of red ink during the quarter,

Its net loss was $3.9 million, a 25 percent improvement year-over-year, with adjusted EBITDA of a positive $2.5 million, a 1,400 percent improvement year-over-year. Gross profit as a percentage of sales increased 210 basis points to 36.6 percent compared to 34.5 percent in the third quarter of last year.

All the major home shopping networks took a beating in the third quarter, with QVC seeing its revenue dive 6 percent, to $1.3 billion, just a day after HSN reported that its sales had slid 3.5 percent, to $569.7 million.

The only one to have an upbeat report was Jewelry Television, which said that its third-quarter sales rose 10.6 percent.

“I’m pleased with our progress as we continue to improve profitability through a disciplined merchandising mix that prioritizes contribution margin,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“For consecutive quarters, we have been expanding our gross margin rate, improving our cash position, lowering our net loss and improving our EPS by refining our mix of compelling merchandise, focusing on our most successful product categories, and engaging our valued customers via a personal shopping experience.”

Bob had quite a bit to say, actually.

“I am also proud of the progress we made this quarter toward our 2017 revenue growth strategy that centers on gathering a world-class team to help us cultivate our products, attract the right new customers based on their digital lifetime value, and create a culture that can drive sustainable revenue growth,” he went on.

“This progress includes filling out our executive management team with the recent hire of Lori Riley, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer; launching new high quality beauty brands, like Sirot and CoverFx; launching new fixed programming blocks like Paula Deen on location in Savannah, Georgia, and attracting leading industry advisors to help us bring new brands, products and personalities to our business, as we have done with Tommy Hilfiger and Tommy Mottola.”

Wearable categories, which include Jewelry & Watches, Fashion & Accessories, and Beauty, posted strong revenue performance, and together rose 3 percent. The growth in wearables was offset by a 66 percent decline in the consumer electronics category.

Return rate for the quarter was 20.5 percent; an increase of 160 basis points year-over-year, driven by product mix shifts.

These results were primarily attributable to a 4 percent operating expense reduction of $2.7 million year-over-year, driven primarily by lower content distribution costs and decreased accrued incentive compensation, which were partially offset by higher expenses in marketing, and higher variable expenses resulting from increased credit costs and increased labor costs in customer solutions and fulfillment center.

EPS for the fiscal 2016 third quarter improved to ($0.06), which includes $600,000 in executive and management transition costs and $200,000 in distribution facility consolidation and technology upgrade costs. EPS for the fiscal 2015 third quarter was ($0.09), which included $800,000 in executive and management transition costs, $100,000 in costs associated with the implementation of the Shareholder Rights Plan, and $300,000 in distribution facility consolidation and technology upgrade costs.

The outlook for the rest of the year isn’t rosy. Evine said that it expects revenue in the fourth quarter to be negative low to mid-single digits on a year-over-year basis.

Actress Eva Longoria To Hawk Watch Line On Evine Tuesday

November 15, 2016

Actress Eva Longoria will appear live on Evine on Tuesday to premiere her TechnoMarine women’s watch collection, joining a long list of celebs that are selling their wares on home shopping networks.

“I cannot wait for the opportunity to show off this collection live at Evine,” the Mexican-American star said in a canned statement.

“This collection is the result of a close collaboration between myself and TechnoMarine and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. The timepieces are a true reflection of my personal style and each graceful design was created to be enjoyed every day.”

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The Eva Longoria for TechnoMarine collection is the result of Eva’s collaboration with TechnoMarine, “and is a dazzling collection of ten unique timepieces which embody today’s modern woman with timeless design and classic sophistication,” according to a press release from the channel that’s been dubbed the watch network.

Longoria will present the collection live from Evine studios during the three-hour premiere at 8pm ET. Before the premiere, she will appear on Evine’s Facebook Live show dubbed “Beyond Backstage,” a candid, unscripted conversation with Eva and will give fans a behind the scenes peek.

“Eva Longoria has long been a style icon and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome her to the Evine family,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said. “Eva has truly taken a hands-on role in the development and design of this collection, allowing the confidence, beauty and distinct style she’s known for to be channeled into each and every timepiece. We are excited to introduce her collection to our jewelry and watch fans.”

http://www.evine.com/EvaLongoria.

Here is the boilerplate on Longoria:

Eva Longoria is an award-winning actress, producer, director, entrepreneur, “Desperate Housewives” alum and philanthropist. She established The Eva Longoria Foundation, co-founded Eva’s Heroes and is the spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, each with a different focus supporting the Latino community and youth with special needs.

A Brand Ambassador for L’Oreal Paris, Longoria owns BESO Hollywood, her own production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, two fragrances “EVA, by Eva Longoria” and “EVAmour,” has a New York Times bestselling cookbook EVA’s KITCHEN, her own bedding and bath collection with JCPenney, the Eva Longoria Home Collection, and most recently her first apparel line, The Eva Longoria Collection, sold exclusively at The Limited.

Live From Savannah: Evine’s Paula Deen

November 11, 2016

We’ve already blogged about Southern cuisine queen Paul Deen getting her own “show” on Evine. The network issued a press release on Thursday offering some details on “Sweet Home Savannah,” which debuts next Tuesday.

The program will air live weekly on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. from Deen’s home in Savannah, Ga.

“‘Sweet Home Savannah’ debuts almost two years after Paula first joined Evine, where she’s since built a successful lifestyle brand that started with a kitchen and pantry line and quickly expanded to include home and fashion collections,” the press release said.

Deen came to Evine after being exiled from the Food Network and QVC after word was disclosed of her using racial epithets years ago.

“This is a truly unique opportunity and a game-changer for our space,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“No other retailer has yet to host a weekly show on location. Paula’s ‘Sweet Home Savannah’ show broadcasting live from her Savannah home gives Evine’s viewers an opportunity to be transported to a different place and experience how she lives. Paula will get to be Paula – something our customers love – on a weekly basis, in her home and surrounded by her family and friends. Getting a live peek into Paula’s daily life is something that no other network has been able to do until now.”

The show will broadcast from Dogwood, Deen’s original home in Savannah, Georgia, where she started her first cooking show in 2002, according to Evine.

“Each week, the show will shift focus to a different collection within Paula’s lifestyle brand. Viewers will get a glimpse into how Paula lives as she presents her fashion line from her closet, her home line from her bedroom and her cooking line from her iconic kitchen,” according to the press release.

“In addition to getting a behind the scenes look at the Queen of Southern Cuisine’s home, viewers will also meet close family and friends, as they make regular appearances as guests on the show.”

“I couldn’t be happier to invite y’all into my home and give you the grand tour on Evine. I’m so excited to talk about what I love best – my kitchen, my bedroom and my closet! I simply love entertaining guests and what better way to do that than to invite each of you to join me on Evine every week. It’ll be a fun time, y’all!”

And that’s not all, folks.

On Nov. 22 there will be a Facebook Live show dubbed “Beyond Backstage,” which will “be a fun, candid conversation with Paula and include a special offer to Facebook fans.”

Here’s the boilerplate on Deen:

Paula Deen has sold over 11 million copies of her 14 cookbooks. Deen’s first live tour, “Paula Deen Live!” commenced in June 2014, and featured cooking demonstrations, games, and stories with Paula and her fans.

In September 2014, Paula Deen Ventures launched the “Paula Deen Network,” a subscriber-based interactive digital experience that broadcasts a variety of exclusive content featuring Paula anytime, anywhere. She showcases her signature Southern dishes and simple, healthy meals in a fun, unscripted format on a daily basis with all-new recipes, episodes and cooking tools.

The Lady & Sons, the Savannah, Georgia restaurant Paula founded with her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen, remains one of the country’s most popular regional restaurants. In 2015, Paula launched her first free mobile game, Paula Deen’s Recipe Quest, in addition to her podcast, What’s Cooking with Paula Deen, and radio show, Get Cooking with Paula Deen.

That same year, Paula opened her new restaurant, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen, in Pigeon Forge, TN and premiered her first show on EVINE Live. Paula’s latest cookbook, “Paula Deen Cuts The Fat: 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up,” made The New York Times Best Sellers List in under a week. Paula also launched a pet food line with Hugs called Paula Deen Hugs Premium Select Pet Food.

She competed in the twenty-first season of ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, and successfully made it halfway through the competition. Most recently, Paula launched her new syndicated cooking and lifestyle show, Positively Paula. Deen’s robust social media following includes Facebook (4,582,864 likes), Twitter (1.44 million followers) and Pinterest (281,800 followers). Paula Deen Ventures is headquartered in Savannah, Georgia, with offices in New York.

Evine To Post Third-Quarter Earnings Nov. 22

November 3, 2016

Evine will report its third-quarter results on Nov. 22, before the market opens, the company said on Wednesday.

CEO Bob Rosenblatt and Chief Financial Offcier Tim Peterman will hold a conference call at 8:30 a.m. to review the results.

Those interested in participating in the conference call should dial 1-877-407-9039 at least five minutes prior to the call.

There will be a simultaneous audio webcast available at the following link: http://viavid.incommconferencing.com (enter Conference Number 13649173).

A replay of the conference call will also be hosted on the company’s website for a limited time.