Posts Tagged ‘The Homehoppingista’

QVC’s Parent To Report First-Quarter Results May 9

April 12, 2017

Liberty Interactive Corp., parent of QVC, will post its first-quarter earnings on May 9, the company said on Tuesday.

President and CEO Greg Maffei will host a conference call to discuss the results at 10:30 a.m.

Following prepared remarks, the company will host a brief Q&A session when management will accept questions regarding both Liberty Interactive Corporation and Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings.

During the call, Maffei may discuss the financial performance and outlook of both companies, as well as other forward looking matters including the proposed acquisition of General Communication Inc., its combination with Liberty Ventures Group and the subsequent split-off of Liberty Interactive’s interest in the combined company, GCI Liberty.

Call ReadyTalk at (844) 307-2219 or (678) 509-7635 at least 10 minutes prior to the call.

In addition, the first-quarter earnings conference call will be broadcast live online All interested participants should visit the Liberty Interactive website at to register for the web cast.

Links to the press release and replays of the call will also be available on Liberty’s The conference call and related materials will be archived on the website for one year after appropriate filings have been made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Suzanne Somers Says Goodbye To Evine

April 6, 2017

Actress-entrepeneur-author Suzanne Somers has exited Evine.

One of our readers tipped us off to the news.

Yesterday the blonde bombshell announced her departure from the No. 3 home shopping network on Facebook.

Suzanne Somers

We don’t know if it was her choice or the network’s, but Somers was very gracious about it.

“THANK YOU, EVINE for 7 wonderful years!” she wrote.

“The people I’ve worked with in Minnesota are some of the nicest people I have encountered in my entire career … from the incredible buying team, to the awesome production crew, to my adorable hosts, all the way up to the executive team. You guys are pros and, of course, I will miss my EVINE customers the most.”

Somers was a vendor on HSN for many years before exiting that network and coming to Evine.

In her Facebok post she said, “While it’s the end of this chapter for me at EVINE, all of my product lines are still available at and I hope you will register on my web site to stay up-to-date on exciting new announcements:…/subscribe-to-my-email-list.Love,Suzanne.

Home shopping networks do very well in the beauty category, and Evine has added some popular brands such as Skinn and Consulte Beaute, which may have pushed Somers out. But that’s just speculation on our part.

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.

Former QVC Host Lisa Robertson’s ‘Tea’ To Benefit Charity

October 13, 2016

A Facebook friend pointed out that proceeds from ex-QVC host Lisa Robertson’s appearance next month will go to a charity.

The money, $35 a pop, will benefit the nonprofit State Theatre and FREDDY Awards program in Easton, Pa.

Robertson will be conducting an afternoon tea for fans on Nov. 13 at the theater.

L’Oreal Buying QVC Vendor IT Cosmetics For $1.2 Billion

July 24, 2016

One of QVC’s popular makeup vendors, IT Cosmetics, is being purchased by L’Oreal for $1.2 billion, the French company said Friday.

Let’s hope this doesn’t mean a decline in the the up-and-coming makeup line, which according to Bloomberg News is based in our home state, in Jersey City.

Prior popular lines on QVC, such as Bare Minerals and Philosophy, were later sold by their female-entrepreneur owners to giant corporations, leading customers to complain that the products’ quality declined subsequently.

According to The Wall Street Journal, IT Cosmetics had net sales of $182 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, a 56 percent jump over the prior year.

Here is the press release on the sale.

Clichy, New York – 22 July 2016 – L’Oréal announced today the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire IT Cosmetics, one of the fastest growing prestige beauty brands in the United States for a cash purchase price of 1.2 billion US dollars.

Founded in 2008 by Jamie Kern Lima and Paulo Lima and co-owned by TSG Consumer Partners, IT Cosmetics was developed with leading plastic surgeons to provide women with innovative, problem-solving skincare and makeup products that empower them to feel confident and beautiful.

IT Cosmetics offers more than 300 high-performance beauty products focusing on color cosmetics, skincare, brushes and tools. IT Cosmetics’ multi-channel distribution model includes select television shopping channels including QVC and TSC, specialty stores including ULTA and Sephora, and the brand’s website. For the 12 months ending June, 2016, IT Cosmetics had net sales of 182 million US dollars, up by 56%.

“IT Cosmetics shares L’Oréal’s passion for product innovation and our belief that offering beauty for all is a deeply purposeful mission,” said Frédéric Rozé, President and CEO of L’Oréal USA. “The brand has earned the devotion of its highly engaged consumers and we see potential for significant growth in the years to come.”

IT Cosmetics will become part of the Luxe Division of L’Oréal.

“IT Cosmetics will perfectly complement the L’Oréal Luxe’s brand portfolio to satisfy the rising demand for make-up as well as hybrid skincare. We are happy to welcome IT Cosmetics to the L’Oréal dream team which includes other great beauty brands such as Lancôme, Kiehl’s, Yves Saint Laurent, Armani and Urban Decay,” said Nicolas Hieronimus, President L’Oréal Selective Divisions.

The brand will continue to operate out of its Jersey City, New Jersey headquarters under the current leadership team.

“At IT Cosmetics our mission is to make the world more beautiful through our products, through our actions and through our belief that every woman is beautiful and deserves to feel her most beautiful,” said Jamie Kern Lima, Co-Founder & CEO, IT Cosmetics.

“Our makeup and skincare products are not only game-changing in their innovation, they are also life-changing for real women everywhere. Partnering with L’Oréal and utilizing the power of their global infrastructure will help us scale our mission in an even bigger way and we couldn’t be more excited.”

The closing is subject to the standard regulatory approvals and other customary conditions.

QVC Honcho Promises New Designer Jewelry In 2016

February 28, 2016

Who loves you, baby? What other nut would be blogging about home shopping on a Saturday night?

We took a gander at the transcript of the fourth-quarter conference call that QVC’s parent, Liberty Interactive, held Friday. There must a couple of interesting tidbits, including some new jewelry “designer brands” coming to QVC. Do tell!

Here are some of QVC CEO Mike George’s comments, from the Seeking Alpha transcript.

We continue to see strength in our fashion, home décor and fitness businesses in the U.S. In fashion, we had great success with proprietary designer brands such as Lori Goldstein and Isaac Mizrahi Live! We also experienced strong performance in accessories driven especially by designer footwear, and we’re seeing great strength in the fitness wearables category with Garmin and Fitbit.

Consumer electronics was up slightly with the rebound in computers, audio and cameras, and we sold a lot of drones and introduced new brands like GoPro, Amazon Echo and Microsoft Surface. That said, we do remain highly cautious about the long-term outlook for the consumer electronics category.

Jewelry continued to be soft due to weakness in our gold business. We’re refocusing our assets into better performing categories such as private label Diamonique and Affinity and we’ll be adding a number of new designer brands in 2016.

What else is up for this year?

I think as we look at 2016, I think what we’re mostly encouraged by is – and this was kind of a trend in 2015 that I think continues is a fairly broad based health across the categories.

And so, we’re not – we don’t feel like we’re overly dependent on one or two categories to drive growth, and I think we can have a fairly balanced profile. The two ‘watch-outs’ continue to be jewelry and consumer electronics.

We are working hard to try to turn the jewelry business. I don’t know that we’ve cracked the code yet, but we’ve got a number of new designers we’re introducing as well as sort of a step up in our proprietary brand.