Joe Keenan is the executive editor of Total Retail. Joe has more than 10 years experience covering the retail industry, and enjoys profiling innovative companies and people in the space.

Home furnishings and housewares retailer Williams-Sonoma is enjoying profitable growth in a competitive marketplace. What's its secret? Pat Connolly, chief strategy and business development officer for the San Francisco-based company, provided some insight into that question for the audience at NEMOA's directXchange Fall Conference in Groton, Conn. yesterday. Specifically, Connolly outlined six beliefs that Williams-Sonoma holds as integral to its success.

NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Choose Haiti has partnered with the popular private sales e-tailer Beyond the Rack to promote its Choose Haiti bracelets in the context of a limited-time sale event lasting only 48 hours. Consumers across North America can make a difference by purchasing these celebrity-loved bracelets from Jan. 12 at 11am until Jan. 13th at 1:00pm by going to www.beyondtherack.com and entering the invitation code: CHOOSEHAITI. The Bracelet only costs $10 and shipping is free. Choose Haiti, with the help of Haitian artists, has developed the Choose Haiti Bracelet. The bracelet is designed from

Timberland is putting its best foot forward in a new global campaign showcasing the Earthkeepers collection of eco-friendly apparel. The effort, dubbed "Nature Needs Heroes," includes TV, print and retail ads, as well as social media and a microsite that uses 3-D technology to help consumers become better acquainted with Earthkeepers.

The U.S. Postal Service resumed international mail service to the nation of Haiti today as efforts to restore limited postal services gain momentum in the wake of the devastating earthquake in January that destroyed much of Haiti Post's infrastructure and service capacity. A temporary hold issued Jan. 15 for mail accepted for delivery to Haiti has been lifted, and air transport of international letters and packages from the U.S. has resumed, allowing mail volumes to begin flowing to Haiti as airlift and operational capacity expand. The U.S. Postal Service has continued to accept mail for Haiti and held it for delivery at five International Service Centers. Over 2,000 pounds of international mail will be entered into Haiti throughout the week.

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