Posts Tagged ‘Joy Mangano’

Is Iman The Next HSN Exit?

March 8, 2019

Is entrepreneur/super model Iman on her way out, or already gone, from HSN?

All of Iman’s Global Chic merchandise is on clearance on the No. 2 home shopping channel, which has undergone dramatic changes since QVC’s parent, Qurate Retail, acquired it.

The new regime has shuttered “Miracle Mop” and “Huggable Hanger” queen Joy Mangano’s company, Ingenious Designs, and showed Mangano the door. And Iman’s clothing and accessory line was part of Mangano’s Long Island-based company.

Has anyone heard anything?

Joy Mangano Exits HSN in Wake of Its Purchase by QVC

December 21, 2018

For anyone who has been following what is going on after HSN was purchased by QVC’s parent, this should not be much of a surprise: HSN mother of invention Joy Mangano is leaving the network. We think she’s steamed.

So the inventor of the Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers, whose life story was depicted in a movie, is hitting the road.

The press release doesn’t have any comment from Mangano, which we read as a tip-off that she is not happy about all of this.

Here it is:

HSN Announces Joy Mangano Departing to Pursue Other Professional Opportunities

December 20, 2018: Retailer will continue to offer inventive products, such as Huggable Hangers and My Little Steamer.

St. Petersburg, FL (Dec. 20, 2018) – HSN announced today that after nearly two decades with the company, inventor, designer, entrepreneur and HSN team member, Joy Mangano, will be leaving HSN to pursue other professional opportunities.

“We and our customers are enormously grateful for all that Joy has done for our shopping community,” said Mike Fitzharris, President, HSN. “She has been an important part of the family for many years, and her creativity has influenced us all. We thank her for her contributions.”

Over the years, Mangano has delighted HSN customers with a steady stream of innovative products, such as her record-setting Huggable Hangers (more than 800 million units sold via HSN platforms), her My Little Steamer, SHADES Readers, Forever Fragrant line of cleaners and fresheners, Ultimate Closet line of organizers, and her collaborations with IMAN and Ming Tsai. Mangano launched her first invention, the Miracle Mop, on QVC in 1992 and continued with QVC until HSN acquired Mangano’s company, Ingenious Designs, Inc., in 1999.

“Joy may be leaving, but our customers will be able to continue to shop Huggable Hangers, My Little Steamer and many of the great products she has presented on HSN over the years,” said Fitzharris. “And at the same time, customers will continue to see other fresh, innovative brands come to HSN as we add to our product assortments and create engaging new customer experiences.”

Fitzharris added that HSN has launched more than 100 brands over the past year, including new brands, propriety brands, crossover brands from QVC, and brands that HSN had worked with in the past. “We are incredibly encouraged by our customer response to our new offerings and look forward to bringing more for her to shop and enjoy in 2019,” he said.

In October, Qurate Retail Group, announced a series of initiatives designed to restore HSN to growth by focusing the business on offering more diverse products, enhancing the on-air presentations, driving digital growth, and improving the customer experience. These initiatives included the consolidation of the HSN and QVC US buying teams into one organization, with the goal of increased speed to market with the best brands, products, ideas and entrepreneurs; optimized product assortments to maximize customer choice; a more aggressive pursuit of “white space” opportunities; and better alignment with product suppliers.

The writing was on the wall when Qurate, owner of QVC and HSN, in its October announcement said it was merging buying functions for the two home shopping networks. In that press release was also word that Qurate was shutting down Mangano’s company, Ingenious Designs on Long Island, and shifting its work to West Chester, where QVC is based. We mentioned all that in our blog. And in our lede we wondered how Mangano would be affected.

https://homeshoppingista.wordpress.com/2018/10/18/integrated-qvc-hsn-dubbed-qxh-means-2000-layoffs/

Newsday later reported that Ingenious Designs had issued so called “WARN” notices that it was going to lay off 66 workers starting in late December and ending Feb. 28.

https://www.newsday.com/business/miracle-mop-joy-mangano-layoffs-1.22406818

Integrated QVC-HSN, Dubbed QXH, Means 2,000 Layoffs

October 18, 2018

When QVC’s parent company acquired HSN last year, everyone knew it would mean massive changes and eventually, massive layoffs. Well, that other shoe dropped Wednesday. We’re still not sure where “Miracle Mop” creator Joy Mangano ends up in all of this.

Here is the lengthy press release:

http://ir.qurateretail.com/news-releases/news-release-details/qurate-retail-group-announces-initiatives-deliver-long-term

So no, the QVC and HSN TV networks will not be merged into one. But they will be placed under one business unit, called QXH. Catchy, huh?

The new unit was part of Qurate Retail Group’s announcement about a massive restructuring that calls for integrating not only QVC and HSN’s fulfillment centers but also its buying organizations.

The end result? Some 2,000 people will be out of jobs, about 350 coming mainly from HSN’s HQ in St. Petersburg, Fla., which will remain open, and the rest from three fulfillment centers that Qurate will be closing.

The company also plans to lease space in a new warehouse facility, a honking 1- million-square-foot logistics center in Bethlehem, Penn. There will be 1,200 to 1,500 new jobs there, if you are looking for a silver lining.

Here’s the send-off that Mike George, Qurate president and CEO, gave to workers losing their jobs, including some folks who apparently had worked at the home shopping networks for 25 years.

“Today’s initiatives are the next step in our ongoing review of how to best continue the integration of HSN and QVC,” George said in a statement.

“With a focus on driving digital transformation, these efforts will extend our leadership in social, digital, and video commerce. I want to thank the many dedicated team members who will be impacted by these changes. Their commitment to HSN, QVC, and our customers, in some cases spanning 25 years or more, has been instrumental to our success. Our excitement today over the positive impact of these changes is tempered by the loss of many valued team members.”

The consolidation will result in streamlining that “will ensure an aligned approach to the U.S. market and better leverage the combined scale and resources of the two organizations, while still maintaining the unique identity of each brand and the St. Petersburg, Fla., campus for HSN,” Qurate said in its press release.

“The QXH name reflects the continued importance of the QVC and HSN brands, the multiplying power of bringing these brands together to maximize performance in the US market, and the engaging customer experiences we will offer across our five HSN, QVC, and Beauty iQ networks and digital properties,” George said.

OK, know we get it: QVC times HSN = QXH.

There will no be only one buying team for HSN and QVC, which to us seems it will make it hard to keep distinct identities for each network.

“HSN and QVC US buying organizations are being combined and structured around seven strategic category groups: Apparel, Accessories and Jewelry, Beauty, Kitchen Electronics and Cookware, Home Innovations, Home Style, and Consumer Electronics,” Qurate’s press release said. “Category leaders will be responsible for developing and driving strategies to maximize growth in the US market, across both the QVC and HSN platforms.”

The release goes on, “This integrated buying organization is expected to provide several benefits, including: increased speed to market with the best brands, products, ideas and entrepreneurs; optimized product assortments across QXH’s five US networks and multiple web and social platforms to maximize customer choice; a more aggressive pursuit of white space opportunities; and better alignment with our vendor partners.”

As for merging fulfillment operations, Qurate said it will be far more efficient and mean we customers will get our packages sooner. Right now Qurate operates four HSN and five QVC fulfillment centers, with many of them dedicated to specific categories, such as hard goods or apparel.

Over the next three to four years Qurate plans to combine HSN and QVC fulfillment centers so that they carry “the full product assortments” of both brands, in order to combine shipments to the customer and lower operating expenses.

“Once completed, the integrated fulfillment network is expected to: increase average delivery speeds to customers by two days; enable more items to be consolidated into single shipments to improve customer convenience; and deliver significant savings in freight and fixed costs,” Qurate said.

The press release also has possible ominous news about Ingenious Designs, inventor Joy Mangano’s company, which is part of HSN and home to the Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers.

“HSN is closing its Ingenious Designs facility in Long Island, NY, shifting the design and sourcing of those product lines to QRG’s (Qurate’s) in-house design and sourcing team,” the parent company said.

Does that mean that Mangano is losing her own design team, and control of her company? Will she be staying on-board?

There are a couple of winners in this QVC-HSN scenario.

Mary Campbell, chief merchandising officer for Qurate and chief commerce officer for QVC U.S., will be responsible for QXH merchandising, marketing, brand and digital strategy and the QVC U.S. digital, content and broadcast operations. She will have primary responsibility for the development and growth of the QVC brand.

HSN President Mike Fitzharris who will be responsible for QXH video platform expansion and distribution and the HSN digital, content and broadcast operations. He will have primary responsibility for the development and growth of the HSN brand and oversight of the St. Petersburg campus.

They will both report to George.

QVC U.S. President Steve Hofmann is being kicked to the curb. His position is being eliminated, and his last day is Friday.

To sum up, some of us were surprised to see veteran QVC jewelry vendor Judith Ripka appear on HSN a few days ago. Expect to see a lot more of that QVC-HSN crossovers.

As someone who has been laid off twice, with the first time more devastating than we could ever explain to you, we certainly feel for those who are getting pink slips. But we lost our jobs during the Great Recession, the worse economic period since the Great Depression.

The U.S. economy is booming now, with unemployment at record lows, so we know you HSN and QVC folks will find new jobs a lot faster than we did. We wish you the best.

HSN Sells 42,000 Copies of Mangano’s Book

November 9, 2017

It looks like the debut of huggable Joy Mangano’s first book on HSN was a humdinger!

Mangano hawked hand-signed copies of her tome, “Inventing Joy,” last Saturday on the No. 2 home shopping network.

She pre-sold more than 42,000 copies leading up to its world launch this week, according to an HSN press release.

“I am so excited to share my journey with everyone!” Mangano said in a canned statement. “‘Inventing Joy’ was years in the making, and now so many people will be able to benefit from my roller coaster of a life story. It makes the unbelievable believable because it really happened! Now it’s your turn.”

The HSN offer included a hand-signed copy of the book, plus free readers with a slipcase, an inspirational book mark with $20 off coupon, a CBS All Access one-month subscription and a two-year subscription to Good Housekeeping magazine.

To coincide with the book’s launch, Mangano partnered with CBS to bring exclusive video content to the network’s subscription streaming service, CBS All Access. The video-series features Mangano and her family.

“The book is an entertaining and binge-worthy read that will unlock the best and brightest version of you,” HSN’s press release says. “And filled with lively anecdotes, catchy principles, and high-octane inspiration, it serves as a powerful and encouraging blueprint for readers who want to live with more success, confidence, and happiness.”

HSN’s Joy Mangano Invents A Book

November 1, 2017

HSN is crowing that it will be launching the sale of mother-of-invention Joy Mangano’s first book, hand-signed no less, this Saturday. It is being published by Simon & Schuster and is called “INVENTING JOY: Dare to Build a Brave and Creative Life.”

“My life is proof that, no matter who you are or where you’re from, you have the power to change the world,” Mangano said in a canned statement. “I know it, because I’ve lived it, and I continue to live it every day at HSN. My book is about helping others find and take that first step in creating a better life and better world — and I am so honored to be debuting it here with my HSN family.”

The company that Mangano founded — IDL, a subsidiary of HSN — holds more than 100 patents and trademarks for her inventions, the No. 2 home shopping network said in a press release Wednesday.

“Since joining HSN more than 15 years ago, she has simplified everyday challenges for millions with innovative products that make a real difference, and INVENTING JOY might be her most important invention yet,” the release goes on.

“The book is an entertaining and binge-worthy read that will unlock the best and brightest version of you. And filled with lively anecdotes, catchy principles, and high-octane inspiration, it serves as a powerful and encouraging blueprint for readers who want to live with more success, confidence, and happiness.

HSN’s book package will include a signed copy of the book plus a set of free readers with a slipcase and a coupon book mark for $19.95 with free shipping and handling.

“We are proud to be the home of Joy and help her write the next chapter in her unending story of success,” HSN President Bill Brand said. “INVENTING JOY will not only delight, inspire and encourage readers, but take them on a relatable journey, celebrating life’s trials and tribulations.”

Joy Mangano’s New Miracle Mop Gets Lousy Reviews

January 21, 2016

Joy Mangano’s updated Miracle Mop has only averaged a 2.2 rating out of five stars, based on more than 1,400 reviews, according to HSN.com.

But when we started to go through them, we had a hard time finding anything but “pristine” five-star ratings. What’s up with that?

http://www.hsn.com/products/joy-new-miracle-mop-wself-wringing-helix-technology/7861086

We heard from one reader that the mop is so tricky to assemble that the home shopping network has now included special instructions on putting it together on its website.

We’re a little behind to blog about this point, but Mangano’s products are now not only being sold in Macy’s. They are also being peddled in other brick-and-mortar retailers such as Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target.

If we had known that, we would not have bothered to order Mangano’s mop and bucket from HSN.

Right now they are sitting, still in their boxes, in our living room.

Mangano, the inspiration for the Jennifer Lawrence film “Joy,” sold more than 210,000 mops in one day.

Our Six Degrees Of Separation From David Bowie

January 12, 2016

In our last blog we related how our former boss Marianne had once met her idol David Bowie. We didn’t do the tale justice.

But Marianne — who had a dog named Ziggy Stardust — is a great storyteller, and she recalled her meeting with the rocker in a Facebook post today.

You can find her post in full here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/718631661542745/permalink/991390114266897/?comment_id=991462884259620&notif_t=group_comment_reply

But here is part of it:

I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with him at some inane, televised black tie event. At commercial break, we both left to grab a smoke. I saw him, alone, smoking. I went right up to him and just said, oh you smoke, too. My knees were shaking. I got the cigarette out, but fumbled for my lighter. So he asked if he could light my fire. Sheesh. Felt like Lauren Bacall, purring back, “you already have.”

So we had a few smokes together and I told him I named my dog Ziggy Stardust, after his famous character in the rock opera. He said, “oh no,” adding said that he prayed my dog’s ending wouldn’t he as tragic as that of the rock hero he created…

Bowie and I yapped about neurotic dogs. Guess he had them too …

I have the memory of a star I never expected to meet who was so charming and nice to me. Consider this a tribute from a “Rebel, Rebel” fan. Bye for now.

Bowie, of course, was married to super model and entrepreneur Iman, who does a line of clothes and accessories for HSN. Her collection is part of Joy Mangano’s company, Ingenious Designs.

On social media, Iman posted two telling messages in recent days.

She wrote “Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory” and “The struggle is real, but so is God.”

In our first blog about Bowie’s death we mentioned that he had two different colored eyes, but one of our readers corrected us.

“Actually, his eyes were the same color, but the pupil in his left eye was permanently dilated thanks to a fight he got in over a girl with a friend when they were 15,” she wrote. “The dilation made it look like a different color because of the way it would let more light in to refract it. Nevertheless, it also made him look much cooler. We lost that and so much more yesterday.”

Thanks for the info!

By the way, if anyone cares, our favorite Bowie songs in order are “Changes,” “Suffragette City,” “Let’s Dance,” “Space Oddity” and “Young Americans.”

Wham, bam, thank you mame.

 

 

Joy Mangano To Debut At Macy’s, She Will Appear At Herald Square

January 6, 2016

On Christmas Eve we blogged about HSN queen Joy Mangano bringing her products to Macy’s. We didn’t have to be a genius to figure it out, since the brick-and-mortar retailer was running ads in The New York Times about it.

It seems to us to be a unique move on the part of a home shopping network, to have one of its key vendors also featured at Macy’s. But remember that HSN owns Mangano’s company, Ingenious Designs, so sales from Macy’s should trickle back to Mindy Grossman and her crew.

And we guess HSN wanted to strike while the iron, or Little Steamer, is hot, with Mangano getting a lot of press since the release of the film “Joy,” which is loosely based on her life story.

Joy Mangano and her Little Steamers are coming to Macy's.

Joy Mangano and her Little Steamers are coming to Macy’s.

In any event, Macy’s Tuesday finally got around to doing a press release about its pact with Mangano. And the entrepreneur will be appearing at Macy’s Herald Square in the Big Apple this Saturday, Jan. 9, for the big launch.

Here’s the announcement from Macy’s:

Macy’s Introduces Award-Winning Home Helpers from Inventor and Entrepreneur Joy Mangano

Known for innovative products that make people’s lives easier, Joy will be carried in Macy’s stores and on macys.com starting January 2016

Joy to appear at Macy’s Herald Square on January 9

January 05, 2016 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Launching on Jan. 9, the award-winning Joy brand will join the roster of Macy’s Home Store, offering innovative products that make a difference and simplify everyday challenges. Fueled by the breakout success of her first product, the Miracle Mop®, Mangano has spent the last 30 years creating solutions that make people’s lives easier, which inspired the star-studded film, “Joy,” by 20th Century Fox that released on Christmas Day.

The product line at Macy’s will include Miracle Mop®, Huggable Hangers®, My Little Steamer®, Better Beauty Case, MemoryCloud Pillow, and Forever Fragrant® Vase and Sticks. Joy will make an appearance at Macy’s Herald Square store in New York City on Jan. 9 – the day the brand launches nationwide.

“The Joy brand embodies everything we look for when considering the best home assortment for our customers,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “Joy’s innovative products have helped make home tasks easier for three decades, making her a true leader in the industry. We are thrilled to embark on this new partnership and to bring this product to our customers in Macy’s stores and on macys.com.”

An expert in designing, inventing and marketing innovative products for live content retailer HSN for more than 15 years, Joy holds more than 100 patents and trademarks.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring my products to Macy’s,” said Joy Mangano, “There is something magical about shopping at Macy’s and I know customers are going to experience that same magic when they discover my products in their stores nationwide.”

The collection starts at $29.99 and will be available in Macy’s stores nationwide and on macys.com. For Joy’s videos and tips, please visit macys.com/joymangano.

About Ingenious Designs LLC

Ingenious Designs LLC (IDL) is a subsidiary of HSN, Inc. and was founded in 1991 by its president, Joy Mangano. Joy is one of the most recognized inventors, entrepreneurs and product designers in the industry today and she is the creator behind innovative products such as the Miracle Mop®, My Little Steamer®, Huggable Hanger®, Comfort & Joy Memory Cloud™ Pillow, Forever Fragrant® and the Better Beauty Case. IDL also manages product lines for icon and celebrated supermodel IMAN, celebrity chefs Ming Tsai and Lorena Garcia, GRAMMY Award®-winning producer Randy Jackson, and Four-time GRAMMY Award®-winner and American Idol judge Keith Urban.

HSN’s Joy Mangano Cleans Up With Her Miracle Mop

January 4, 2016

Well, we were among the folks buying one of the more than 250,000 updated Miracle Mops that Joy Mangano was hawking on HSN Sunday.

On its website the home shopping network is boasting that Mangano, the subject of the Jennifer Lawrence movie “Joy,” broke records with her TS.

We have to hand it to HSN and our buddy, honcho Bill Brand: Those execs really capitalized on the flick. (Full disclosure: We have not seen the film yet.)

We heard Mangano field many calls from viewers who said they had seen the movie and were inspired by it – and apparently inspired enough to open their wallets and buy the mop, like us.

We also got the big bucket to go with it.

The film, which we stress is loosely based on Mangano’s rags-to-riches success story as an inventor, is in large part about the Miracle Mop, Joy’s first big product.

We heard one caller laud Mangano for succeeding despite her terrible family. But from what we have read, the fact is that Mangano’s family was very supportive, and her ex-husband is still with her company.

We also thought we heard that “Joy”‘s director, David O. Russell, ordered the new mop.

There is no one on this planet who hates house cleaning more than us. We are hoping that this mop inspires us to clean our floors more than once a year.

One can only hope.

Joy Mangano’s New Miracle Mop And Macy’s

December 24, 2015

HSN is really looking to piggyback on the release of the new movie based on inventor Joy Mangano’s life, “Joy” starring Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence.

First, the home shopping network will be debuting an updated version of Mangano’s Miracle Mop, whose creation is at the center of the new flick.

The new Miracle Mop will be the Today’s Special on Jan. 3, days after the Christmas theatrical release of “Joy.”

In addition, Mangano’s products will now be sold in Macy’s, we believe. What’s up with that?

We saw an ad to that effect in The New York Times today. We clipped the ad and put it in our purse, but of course now we can’t find it. It’s probably sitting on the floor of the Willowbrook Mall food court

HSN owns Mangano’s company, Ingenious Designs, so maybe the home shopping network wants to expand its sales to those who don’t dig TV retailing.

The new and improved Miracle Mop has “never-before-seen patent pending features that will simplify everyday challenges for her customers,” according to HSN’s press release Wednesday.

“I realize now the only thing harder than inventing is reinventing,” Mangano said in a canned statement. “But after spending the past two years re-engineering this amazing Miracle Mop, I’m so excited to help people across America take cleaning to a whole new level with this smartly designed, easier than ever before, self-wringing mop. Oh, and we have a variety of joyful colors because who ever said mopping can’t be fun?”

Here’s the boilerplate on it:

Joy’s New Miracle Mop, which already bears the Good Housekeeping Seal, features her revolutionary helix twist technology inside the pole, making it the first mop to literally wring itself, along with her braided miracle microfiber head designed to provide superior absorbency with its liquid lock technology and dual liquid release design, which allows you to mop as wet or dry as you want! In addition, this plush material was carefully selected to protect and polish the many surfaces of your house while capturing more dirt and mess than ever.

The New Miracle Mop includes a quick release removal system that allows you to wash and bleach your mop head so you’re always cleaning worry free.

It will be available on HSN in Black, White, Teal, Purple, Fuchsia and Gold for $19.95, the price of over 25 years ago with the game-changing technologies of today, all thanks to Joy! Customers who purchase the Miracle Mop on HSN on January 3rd will receive a one-year subscription to Good Housekeeping (limit one subscription per shipping address).

“If there is one item that put Joy on the map, it is her legendary Miracle Mop,” HSN President Bill Brand said. “We are proud to be the home of Joy and to exclusively launch the newly designed Miracle Mop, sharing yet another of Joy’s many incredible inventions with our customers.”