Posts Tagged ‘HSN’

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.

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.

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/potential-dangers-from-eating-diet-noodles/2302267/

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.

HSN’s Marla Wynne Goes To Chico’s

February 23, 2020

Veteran HSN women’s apparel vendor Marla Wynne is expanding her horizons.

One of our readers kindly tipped us off that Wynne, a New Yorker in the vein of Diane Gilman, is now selling a capsule collection at Chico’s.

We actually went to Chico’s today to check it out, and there was a small selection of Wynne’s clothing featured right in front of the store. It was only a few pieces of apparel, but we like it because we can get a sense of how her clothes fit us by trying on the Chico’s stuff. Then we can order it on sale at HSN.

Some people have accused Wynne’s clothing of being matronly, but our friend Ann has some of her pieces and they are beautifully made, great details and tailoring.

Don’t know what this Chico’s deal means in terms of Wynne’s future at HSN. Maybe nothing.

QVC, HSN To Report Fourth-Quarter Results Feb. 25

January 28, 2020

Qurate Retail Inc., the parent company of QVC and HSN, will report its fourth-quarter earnings Feb. 25.

Qurate President and CEO Mike George and Executive Chairman Greg Maffei will host a conference call Feb. 26 to discuss results at 8:30 a.m.

Following prepared remarks, the company will host a brief Q&A session during which management will accept questions regarding Qurate Retail.

The fourth-quarter earnings conference call will be broadcast live on the internet. All interested participants should visit the Qurate Retail website at http://www.qurateretail.com/events to register for the web cast.

Links to the press release and replays of the call will also be available on the Qurate Retail website. The conference call will be archived on the website for one year after appropriate filings have been made with the SEC.

Ex-QVC Host Kathy Levine Resurfaces to Rep Nutrisytem on HSN

January 28, 2020

We saw that former QVC queen bee host Kathy Levine just turned up on HSN as a rep for Nutrisystem.

https://www.hsn.com/products/nutrisystem-fast-5-balanced-personalized-four-week-plan/9400430#

Since her exit from QVC many years ago, and her marriage to a wealthy older man, Levine has made appearances on a number of other home shopping channels, including ShopHQ.

She also just appeared in a video session on Facebook with husband-and-wife home shopping team Judy Crowell and Paul Deasy.

As with many home shopping personalities, Levine’s face looked tucked and taunt. Maybe she was just really rested, but we think she succumbed to the TV medium’s pressure to look young with the help of a surgeon. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. We understand the pressure.

We hadn’t seen QVC host Jane Treacy in awhile, and she looked like she has had some work done on her eyes.

QVC, HSN Sales Decrease 4% In Third Quarter

November 12, 2019

The tough times keep coming for QVC and HSN, which are both owned by Qurate Retail Inc.

In the third quarter revenue for QxH, the two home shopping channels combined, dipped 4% to $1.9 billion, Qurate reported Monday.

QxH saw sales declines in jewelry, accessories and home, which were partially offset by gains in beauty and apparel, according to Qurate.

“The third quarter was challenging, with continued sales and Adjusted OIBDA pressure at QxH and Zulily,” Mike George, president and CEO of Qurate Retail, said in a statement.

“However, we were pleased to see Cornerstone’s continuing operations turn to growth and a further acceleration of growth at QVC International,” he said. “Despite the sales pressures, we generated strong growth in free cash flow. As we look ahead, we are intensely focused on improving our operating results, accelerating synergy capture and better positioning our companies for a changing retail and media world, while sustaining strong cash flow.”

QxH experienced lower TV distribution commissions and higher product margins.

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 last year, HSN began renewing TV carriage agreements with certain 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.

Suzanne Somers Poses Nude for Birthday, Sues QVC

October 28, 2019

This blog is a tease, and if we could find out more we would, but here it is: Veteran home shopping vendor Suzanne Somers has filed a lawsuit against QVC.

Bloomberg Law, which requires a subscription to get the full text of its news stories, wrote about the suit about a week ago. The case is Docket No. 19-cv-4773.

https://news.bloomberglaw.com/mergers-and-antitrust/suzanne-somers-sues-qvc-alleging-dietary-supplement-scheme

Actress, author and entrepreneur Somers — who has sold products on HSN, ShopHQ and QVC — has charged QVC with fraud and antitrust violations in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, “claiming the at-home shopping company used catch-and-kill tactics to favor another dietary supplement over hers,” according to Bloomberg Law.

It reported:

Somers, the former star of the TV sitcoms “Three’s Company” and “Step By Step,” sells supplements through her company SLC Sweet Inc., according to her complaint. Before inking a deal with QVC, she marketed the products through her own website and platforms run by other home shopping businesses, including HSN Inc. and Evine, now known as ShopHQ.

Around the time QVC was negotiating with Somers, it was also…

But that’s all we could read without paying for a sub.

This brouhaha broke about the same time as another tempest in a teapot, when Somers posed topless, her arms across her chest, on her 73rd birthday 0ct. 16. She posted the photo on Instagram, causing a furor over whether a woman her age should have been a bare-naked lady or not. Publications like The New York Post and People magazine wrote about it.

Frankly, we were far more disturbed to see her and her husband Alan Hamel in a video, where he had painted his toenails the same deep color blue that we got for our pedicure yesterday.

Sending Healing to Celebrity Stylist Michael O’Connor

September 9, 2019

Prayers for celebrity stylist and veteran home shopping vendor Michael O’Connor, who recently disclosed he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

We loved Michael when he was the Affinity Diamond rep on QVC, and we’ve enjoyed his stints on other nets like Jewelry Television and as the rep for Passport to Gold on HSN. He is charming and informative.

Michael said he has known for a year now that he has cancer, and at this point he has decided to take a more aggressive approach to his treatment, with surgery.

Wishing him health and happiness.

Veteran Jewelry Vendor Joan Boyce To Exit HSN

September 9, 2019

We always enjoyed watching HSN jewelry host Joan Boyce, with her huge back square eyeglass frames, New York City manner and exuberant personality. She has been on the No. 2 home shopping network for 11 years, but last week announced on Facebook that her last show will be Oct. 29.

We guess this is part of QVC’s continuing purge of vendors since it merged-with/took-over HSN.

Sad to see yet another vendor who is unique disappear.