Posts Tagged ‘The Homeshoppingista’

Being Catty: HSN Host Connie Craig-Carroll’s Eyes

March 21, 2017

Sorry to have to say it, but what has happened to HSN host Connie Craig-Carroll?

We haven’t seen her on-air for awhile, but watched her early Tuesday morning and were shocked by her appearance. Craig-Carroll looks like she has had work done around her eyes. A lot of work, and none too subtle.

Her eyelids are so tight and lifted that they almost look slanted, giving her a feline appearance. If fact, Craig-Carroll now reminds us of socialite Jocelyn Wildenstein, who has had so many facelifts and plastic surgery that the New York tabloids refer to her as the cat woman.

We guess this is all a sad commentary on women on TV having to pull all the stops to stay vital on-screen and keep their jobs.

Smashbox Creator Comes To Evine

March 8, 2017

Correct us if we’re wrong, but it sounds to us like the founder of Smashbox Cosmetics and one of its key makeup artists have split from that company and are bringing a new line to Evine.

That’s because on Tuesday the No. 3 home shopping network announced that this Friday Dean Factor, Smashbox founder and creator, and the company’s veteran makeup whiz Holly Mordini will be premiering a new line, STROKE of BEAUTY.

“Offering a unique point of difference from other color lines, STROKE of BEAUTY reflects an artist’s perspective by marrying the techniques applied to painting with the makeup artistry skills Mordini developed throughout her 20-plus year career,” the press release said.

Mordini appeared as Smashbox’s rep when the line was selling first on QVC, and then on HSN.

“Evine is committed to delivering great products, building brands and telling those brands’ stories. STROKE of BEAUTY is exciting because it has such a great story to tell,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement. “In addition to the unique product offering, we have an exceptional guest – Holly Mordini – who will inspire customers with her artistic approach to makeup.”

Mordini who apparently is not only a makeup artist but a painter has worked in the beauty industry for more than two decades. She was “discovered” in 1997 by Dean Factor, the co-founder of Smashbox Cosmetics and great-grandson of Max Factor (a.k.a. “The Father of Makeup”).

In 2015, Mordini and Factor combined their industry knowledge and talent to develop STROKE of BEAUTY.

“This brand is as much about the product as it is about the application. That’s what makes STROKE of BEAUTY so perfect for television,” Factor said. “What sets Evine apart from other video commerce platforms is their ability to dedicate the airtime and resources to not only nurture and grow brands, but also tell brands’ stories in new and engaging ways.”

Mordini, who has a bachelor’s degree in fine and studio arts, also put her two cents in.

“I’m so excited for the opportunity to share my artist’s point of view on product formulations, application and technique when I come to Evine,” she said. “I know that I can help women approach beauty differently and show them just how easy it can be for STROKE of BEAUTY to make a difference in how their makeup can look. It’s going to be so much fun to show viewers all the exciting ways to update their beauty routines!”

HSN Picks Jersey Girl As An American Dreams Finalist

March 7, 2017

Now that’s what we’re talking about: HSN has chosen a woman from Saddle Brook, N.J. — our old stomping ground in Bergen County — as one of five finalists in its Project American Dreams initiative. And Hispanic no less!

The finalists will launch their products during a special edition of “The Monday Night Show with Adam Freeman” next week.

HSN worked with entrepreneur and Dreamers Ventures creator Liliana “Lili” Gil Valletta and Bob Circosta, “TV’s Billion Dollar Man,” to search for new and exciting products from Latino/a entrepreneurs to launch on HSN.

The finalists were selected from nearly 100 applicants for the opportunity to launch their products on HSN and reach a national audience, according to a press release Monday.

They include Jersey Girl Hipatia López, who created the patented invention the Empanada/Pastry Fork, making it up to five times faster to shape and seal anything from empanadas to calzones, apple turnovers and more. Loves us some empanadas and calzones.

The other finalists are:

Juan Luis Pedro Sánchez (Madrid, Spain) who created the patented KeepFresh Sheets, offering a natural and chemical-free way to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables, keeping fruits fresher longer.

Frances Prado (Jamul, California) who created the patented Hanging Secrets, offering women a new solution to hang, organize, protect and find their lingerie at home or on the go.

Victoria Flores (New York City), who co-created the patent-pending Lux Beauty Club’s GLAM-N-GO Hair Bun, “providing natural and inexpensive off-the-shelf hair buns and hair extensions uniquely constructed to fit and match almost any hair color.”

James and Kathryn Smith (Dallas, Texas) co-created the patented Giraffe Razor Extension Handle, “offering a solution to people limited in flexibility and mobility by adding 15 to 20 inches to a razor handle and an easy pivoting head that rotates for personalization and convenience.”

U.S. Bank, the presenting sponsor, has been there alongside the winners, providing mentoring to each finalist. It has a strong commitment to small-businesses as the third-largest lender of Small Business Administration loans in the country, providing $838 million in SBA loans last year.

U.S. Bank will sponsor the winners for a chance to attend the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program (SLEP), if qualified and take part in an immersive six-week program that provides the education, networks, mentorship and access to capital to grow their business.

If qualified, up to three winners will be selected to participate in the Access Latina women-entrepreneur accelerator program, and one winner will receive a cash prize by U.S. Bank, as part of a social media challenge that rewards the contestant with the most hashtag votes via Twitter and Instagram.

Evine Names New Merchandising, Digital Execs

March 7, 2017

Evine is bolstering its management team, bringing in a consumer-electronics veteran of QVC and HSN and promoting an in-house digital exec.

The No. 3 home shopping network on Monday said it had hired Rob Ellerstein as vice president, general merchandise manager of hard home and consumer electronics. What the heck is “hard home”?

In addition, Evine promoted Lee Goehring to the slot of vice president, web merchandising & business development.

Ellerstein joins Evine from QVC, where he was most recently director of merchandising, electronics. Prior to that, he served as HSN’s vice president of merchandising and operating vice president/director of merchandising.

In addition, Ellerstein spent seven years at Macy’s Inc., where he was a senior buyer of home products, including rugs, housewares, electronics and food products.

“In 2017 we are focused on growing our profitable, balanced merchandising mix with engaging exclusive and proprietary products,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“To help us do that well, I’m excited to welcome Rob Ellerstein as vice president, general merchandising manager of hard home and consumer electronics. I had the pleasure of working with Rob at HSN and I know he will be a great addition to our team.”

Goehring got a promotion. He began his Evine career in 2012, and most recently had the post of vice president of merchandising for the home and consumer electronics categories.

Prior to Evine, Goehring served for five years as vice president of national accounts at Technology Resource Group International and worked as a senior buyer at Target Corp. and Best Buy Co.

“We continue to drive our digital sales opportunity beyond traditional television as illustrated by our growth in mobile, social, online and emerging platforms like Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Firestick,” Rosenblatt said.

“Lee will be focused on creating a seamless connection from our TV platform to our e-commerce engine and exploring other ways to grow our digital platforms.”

Evine To Post 4Q Results March 22

March 2, 2017

Evine will report its fourth-quarter earnings on March 22, before the market opens, the No. 3 home shopping network said Wednesday.

CEO Bob Rosenblatt and Chief Financial Officer Tim Peterman will hold a conference call at 8:30 a.m. to review the results and Evine’s strategy and plan for 2017.

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://event.on24.com/wcc/r/1282713/98B01DB2607F20329275F010EA22A090.

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

QVC’s 4Q Revenue Drops 7 Percent, To $1.9 Billion

March 1, 2017

The end of last year was tough going for home shopping networks.

On Tuesday QVC’s parent released fourth-quarter earnings, and the channel saw a dip in its sales, just like its rival HSN recently reported.

QVC’s U.S. revenue dropped 7 percent, to $1.9 billion in the fourth quarter and 2 percent, to $6.1 billion, in 2016, according to Liberty Interactive Corp.

“Internationally, QVC continues to perform well, while domestically we are focusing on strengthening a few merchandise categories that have been weak,” Liberty Interactive President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a canned statement.

HSN just had similar bad news to report. Its net sales dipped 1 percent, to $769.3 million, in the fourth quarter versus the prior year. In 2016, HSN’s sales were down 3 percent, to $2.5 billion.

QVC’s top honcho Mike George had a lot of ‘splaining to do. And he did.

“Our international segment generated strong results in the quarter with broad-based sales gains and margin expansion,” George said. “The sales trend in our U.S. business persisted from the third quarter primarily due to continued headwinds in select categories. We have strong action plans in place and are confident in our ability to return the US business to growth.”

“In 2016, we continued to significantly advance our digital platforms. eCommerce and mobile penetration grew approximately 260 and 800 basis points, respectively,” he said. “As we begin 2017, we are serving a large, engaged customer base, and we are creating competitive advantages as we further extend our reach across digital and next generation commerce platforms. We will leverage these strengths to build on our highly differentiated shopping experience.”

In the quarter, QVC’s average selling price per unit (“ASP”) decreased 8 percent to $56.78, units sold increased 1 percent, and returns as a percentage of gross product revenue improved 32 basis points. The U.S. experienced year-over-year declines in all categories except apparel.

For the year, ASP decreased 6 percent to $57, units sold increased 2 percent, and returns as a percentage of gross product revenue improved 104 basis points. Domestic QVC experienced year-over-year declines in jewelry, electronics and beauty, which were partially offset by gains in apparel, home and accessories.

E-commerce revenue decreased 1 percent to $1.1 billion and grew 326 basis points to 56 percent of total U.S. revenue in the quarter. For the year, e-commerce revenue increased 4 percent to $3.2 billion and rose 328 basis points to 52 percent of total U.S. revenue.

In the quarter, operating income decreased 15 percent to $303 million, operating income margin declined 143 basis points, adjusted OIBDA decreased 9 percent to $438 million and adjusted OIBDA margin declined 43 basis points, including the aforementioned cost allocations.

Excluding the cost allocations, adjusted OIBDA decreased 10 percent to $431 million and adjusted OIBDA margin declined about 80 basis points, primarily due to higher freight and warehouse expenses and lack of sales leverage.

For the year, operating income decreased 6 percent to $915 million, operating income margin declined 58 basis points, adjusted OIBDA decreased 2 percent to $1.4 billion and adjusted OIBDA margin was flat, including the aforementioned cost allocations.

Excluding the cost allocations, adjusted OIBDA decreased 4 percent to $1.4 billion and adjusted OIBDA margin decreased roughly 50 basis points, primarily due to lower product margins and higher bad debt, freight and warehouse expenses, which were partially offset by lower personnel expenses and favorable inventory obsolescence.

Beginning in the first quarter of 2016, QVC began allocating certain corporate costs for management reporting purposes differently, Liberty Interactive said in its press release.

Historically, QVC allocated these costs to the market from which the services were provided. As more of QVC’s costs support initiatives in multiple markets, QVC is allocating costs to the markets that will benefit from the expenditures. These management cost allocations are related to certain functions, such as merchandising, commerce platforms, information technology, human resources, legal, finance, brand and communications, corporate development and administration.

The cost allocations (from QVC U.S. to QVC International) totaled about $7 million in the fourth quarter and $31 million for 2016. As a result of the allocations, the U.S. segment’s operating income and adjusted OIBDA margins were each positively impacted approximately 35 basis points in the quarter and 50 basis points for the full year.

Beauty Cult Fav GloPro A Top Seller On HSN

February 24, 2017

We are saving up for our GloPro.

We missed it when HSN offered this hand-held micro-needle device, which is supposed to help eliminate wrinkles and give you younger-looking skin.

The New York Times on Thursday did a story on GloPro, and the lede was about vendor Jamie O’Banion hawking the device on HSN for $199, with much success.

Last March the item sold out on HSN in 12 minutes, according to The Times, with 22,000 “flying out the door,” as the hosts would say. That amounted to 400,000 greenbacks.

Last year sales of GloPro — which is available at not only HSN but snooty Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman — hit $30 million, The Times reported.

HSN wouldn’t release its figured, but did say that GloPro is a top-selling item.

O’Banion is the founder of Dallas-based Beauty Bioscience, which makes the device.

There’s scientific research, cited in the paper, that GloPro works, and it was called “Beauty’s New Cult Device” by Women’s Wear Daily.

HSN’s Q4 Sales Dip 1%, To $769 Million

February 22, 2017

HSN reported on Wednesday that its net sales dipped 1 percent, to $769.3 million, in the fourth quarter versus the prior year.

The No. 2 home shopping network said that the “decrease is largely due to a direct-response television marketing campaign that concluded earlier this year and the prior year’s incremental sales from the initial roll-out for a wholesale business expansion, offset by a 1 percent increase in HSN’s core business.”

Operating income also decreased, by 2 percent, to $64.6 million.

Digital sales rose 9 percent, with penetration increasing 440 basis points to 48 percent.

HSN’s sales increased in wellness, culinary and electronics, offset by decreases in jewelry, apparel and accessories and in shipping revenue.

The decrease in shipping revenue was primarily due to changes in the standard shipping rates, which became effective in last August, as well as increased promotions.

HSN is part of HSN Inc., which also includes the Cornerstone unit. HSNi’s net sales decreased 2 percent in the fourth quarter, to $1.1 billion, with Cornerstone’s net sales dropping 5 percent, to $304 million.

“Clearly, 2016 was a year of disruption in retail characterized by a distracting environment, cautious consumer spending and a heightened promotional climate,” HSN Inc. CEO Mindy Grossman said in a canned statement.

“While this impacted the performance of our business, we have been taking strategic actions to best position HSNi and take advantage of new opportunities, including building our brands with a continued emphasis on digital — now representing 55 percent of our business, with mobile 45 percent of digital.”

“In addition to the disruptive retail climate, our overall fourth-quarter results were affected by certain under-performing product categories — particularly jewelry at HSN and areas within home in the Cornerstone portfolio, the standardization of our shipping and handling practices at HSN and implementation of our supply chain optimization initiative. Also, our year-ago comparisons were distorted by the divestiture of two businesses,” Grossman added.

The home shopping network’s average price point decreased 2 percent, largely due to an increase in promotional activity and changes in product mix. Units shipped increased 2 percent.

Gross profit decreased 9 percent to $229.7 million. Gross profit rate decreased 250 basis points to 29.9 percent primarily due to higher shipping and handling costs and lower shipping revenues.

The increase in shipping and handling costs was largely due to the issues with the implementation of HSN’s supply-chain optimization, changes in product mix and increased shipping cost rates. The implementation issues reduced gross profit by $13 million, or 160 basis points as a percentage of net sales.

HSN said that began phasing in its expanded automation capabilities in its Piney Flats, Tenn., distribution center in the third quarter last year. During that conversion, HSN “experienced implementation issues which had an impact of approximately $16 million, or 19 cents per diluted share, in the fourth quarter which largely impacted gross profit and, to a lesser extent, operating expenses.”

Operating expenses increased 1 percent, to $165.1 million.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased 25 percent, to $75.8 million. Excluding the impact of the supply-chain optimization implementation, operating income was $80.6 million and adjusted EBITDA was $91.8 million, representing a 9 percent decrease.

HSN Inc. also appointed Rod Little as chief financial officer, reporting to Grossman. He comes to HSNi with significant public company expertise in the consumer-products industry, having served as CFO for Elizabeth Arden Inc. as well as a variety of leadership positions with Procter & Gamble.

“We expect our hard work and learnings from 2016 to position 2017 as a year of growth regeneration, with a laser-focus on our proprietary product pipeline; driving customer acquisition, retention and spend; optimizing digital platforms; leveraging our distributed commerce capabilities; advancing our supply chain initiatives and cultivating talent across the organization,” Grossman said.

“We will be executing against these priorities while investing in operational execution for future efficiency and leverage. am particularly excited that Rod Little has recently joined as CFO of HSNi. Rod will be a key partner as we evolve and pursue our strategies with an emphasis on growth, optimal resource allocation, expense management and value creation.”

QVC Furrier Dennis Basso Lands In ‘Ocean’s Eight’

February 17, 2017

Dennis Basso, the chichi Manhattan furrier and QVC vendor, will be coming to a movie screen near you.

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Basso, who hails from Morris County, N.J.,(where we grew up), will have a cameo role in “Ocean’s Eight,” Page Six reported on Thursday.

The New York Post gossip column did an item on Ivana Trump, our president’s ex-, skipping Basso’s show at New York Fashion Week. Lisa Rinna, a QVC vendor like Basso, was in the house.

In that item, Page Six told of Basso’s bit part in the movie, and said that he has also designed some of the dresses for a scene in the flick that recreates the Met Gala.

Actor John O’Hurley’s ‘Pet Shoppe’ Bows On Evine Friday

February 14, 2017

We already reported that actor John O’Hurley, who played Elaine’s boss on “Seinfeld,” was coming to Evine with pet products.

The No. 3 home shopping network on Monday put out the press release on his premiere.

Here it is:

Former “Seinfeld” Star (J. Peterman) and Host of “The National Dog Show” John O’Hurley Brings Pet Products to Evine

Debuting February 17, “Pet Shoppe with John O’Hurley” will blend shopping with entertainment and feature unique pet products and live demonstrations

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Evine Live Inc. (“Evine”) (NASDAQ:EVLV), a multiplatform video commerce company (evine.com), today announced that it will premiere “Pet Shoppe with John O’Hurley” on February 17, featuring the former “Seinfeld” star and host of “The National Dog Show.” Blending entertainment, education and shopping, the show aims to provide animal lovers with an assortment of unique products and helpful pet care tips.

“Everyone immediately recognizes John O’Hurley as J. Peterman on ‘Seinfeld,’ but many don’t know of his love for dogs,” said Bob Rosenblatt, Chief Executive Officer of Evine.

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“John has made his mark on the dog community, both as a New York Times best-selling author and host of ‘The National Dog Show’ for the past 15 years. He also has a quick, witty style that we feel will make for a highly entertaining show. We’re thrilled to partner with John in this endeavor and look forward to expanding our pet business while inviting new viewers to Evine with a show that will make them smile.”

Premiering Friday, February 17 at midnight, 6am, 11am and 6pm ET, “Pet Shoppe with John O’Hurley” will offer a variety of unique and innovative items for both dogs and cats. During the show, O’Hurley will share his expertise with viewers and provide education on different dog breeds, with the intent to help pet owners better understand their four-legged family members.

“Pets are my passion and having the opportunity to share that with viewers in such a fun way is a dream come true,” said O’Hurley. “As a dog owner myself, I believe it is essential to understand what your pet needs and the best ways to care for them. By educating viewers of the temperament of different breeds and arming them with the right products, I hope I can help pet owners everywhere live happier lives with their furry friends.”

Here is the boilerplate on O’Hurley:

John O’Hurley has become one of the most versatile players in entertainment. As the longstanding host of ‘The National Dog Show presented by Purina,’ John is probably best known as J. Peterman from the record-breaking, hit sitcom ‘Seinfeld.’

O’Hurley’s career began in daytime television where he appeared on several soap operas. He also starred on the inaugural edition of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” ultimately winning the championship. John went on to play Billy Flynn, the male lead in Broadway’s ‘Chicago’, and has since hosted the syndicated game show, ‘Family Feud.’

He has also written three books, including New York Times’ bestsellers: ‘It’s Okay to Miss The Bed On the First Jump,’ ‘Before The Dog Can Eat Your Homework, First You Have To Do It: Life Lessons From A Wise Old Dog To A Young Boy,’ and ‘The Perfect Dog,’ published by Penguin Books. John is an animal lover who’s thrilled to share his lifetime experiences to help advise viewers who love their pets as much as he loves his own.