Interbrand, a consultancy, has named Walmart the most valuable retail brand for 2013. The retailer retained its top spot from 2012. Rising through the ranks were Macy's, which increased brand value by 62% and moved up nine spots on the...

In the late 1980s I would go into Dayton's Department Store in Minneapolis and marvel at how much acreage was devoted to the Liz Claiborne apparel. Macy's, May Company, The Broadway and many others also carried substantial offering of the brand. Liz Claiborne was everywhere, and as an analyst I would lament that all stores looked alike. That isn't the case anymore. The department stores that are left have developed character and images of their own through exclusive designers and private labels. In the process, Liz Claiborne slowly lost its iconic status.

Lowe’s said it's made several key promotions and moves in its human resources, legal, merchandising, logistics and information technology areas. Maureen K. Ausura was promoted to executive vice president human resources, from senior vice president in the same capacity. Gaither M. Keener has been promoted to executive VP general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer, from senior VP in the same capacity. Both will continue reporting to CEO Robert Niblock.

ShareThis CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. here on Wednesday said it has named Sukanya R. Madlinger president of Kroger's Cincinnati/Dayton division, succeeding Geoff Covert, who recently had been named senior vice president, retail operations for the company. Related Articles CINCINNATI — The sluggishly rebounding U.S. economy took its toll on Kroger Co. last week. Stock in the retailer here fell more than 8% after the company... Madlinger, 47, began her career with Kroger in 1986 in the company's store management training program. She has held several leadership roles in the division and was the company's vice president of drug/general merchandise/pharmacy

Covert “brings tremendous leadership and background to this important position in our company,’ says COO. The Kroger Co. has named Geoffrey Covert senior vice president of retail operations, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Covert, 59, joined Kroger in 1996. He has served as president of the company's Cincinnati/Dayton Division for the past six years. Previously, he served as senior vice president and president of Kroger Manufacturing. Before joining Kroger, Covert worked for 22 years in a number of management positions at Procter & Gamble. "Geoff brings tremendous leadership and background to this important position in our company," said Rodney McMullen,

By Carolyn Heinze&000;&000; &000;&000; Despite rapid online gains, future still bright for print catalogs Considering it's now been at least a decade since debates first surfaced in this business about whether the print catalog would ultimately become obsolete in favor of online catalogs, you'd think you could make a stronger case for such a phenomenon in 2006. And today, with a rapidly growing number of catalogers reporting 50 percent-plus levels of orders placed online, the writing would seem to be on the wall. But while it's nice to dream of the cost savings associated with alleviating paper catalogs altogether, reports of its death are

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