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Macy’s Announces Exclusive Marcus Samuelsson Collection

\"\"This week, Macy’s announced an exclusive cookware collaboration with celebrity chef and Macy’s Culinary Council member, Marcus Samuelsson. Born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden, Samuelsson spent his adult years living and cooking in America where he was inspired by the country’s eclectic cuisine composed of traditional foods from countless immigrant groups. His new cookware collection celebrates the nation’s exciting and original cuisine with professional and versatile cookware pieces that are designed with ethnic cooking in mind. The “Marcus Samuelsson American Table for Belgique” collection will launch in September 2012, exclusively at Macy’s and on

“Marcus Samuelsson is one of the most innovative and recognizable chefs in the industry, with unparalleled culinary knowledge and a deep passion for cooking that continues to inspire our customers,” said Nancy Slavin, senior vice president of marketing for Macy’s Private Brands. “Exceptionally designed, the Marcus Samuelsson American Table for Belgique collection offers professional-level cookware that is essential for home cooks who want to create culinary magic in their own kitchens.”

In collaboration with Macy’s Culinary Council member and renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, the collection is an extension of Macy’s exclusive Belgique cookware line. Marcus Samuelsson American Table for Belgique features cast aluminum, a lightweight material with many cooking features similar to cast iron, including excellent heat conductivity, as well as an energy saving heat conductor. The nonstick interior ensures easy cleanup, while large, riveted, stainless steel handles add strength and stability. The collection offers a 10-piece cast aluminum cookware set, which includes 2-qt. and 3-qt. covered saucepans, 8-qt. covered stockpot with coordinating steamer insert, 8” and 10” fry pans and silicone trivet. Also available in cast aluminum are a 4-qt. Dutch oven, 4-qt. sauteuse and 8” fry pan.

The cast aluminum items are complemented by essential cookware pieces, which are thoughtfully designed with ethnic cooking in mind. With curved sides that are ideal for stir-frying and sautéing, the carbon steel wok heats quickly and evenly and provides a side helper handle for easy lifting. The 12\” restaurant-style fry pan is designed to go from stove top to oven and includes a heat-resistant removable silicone sleeve. A favorite for searing meats, the 11” cast iron grill pan’s ridges lift food above fat for healthier cooking, while a durable finish eliminates the need to season the pan. Sure to be a favorite of home chefs who want professional results, the Marcus Samuelsson American Table for Belgique collection ranges in price from $59.99 to $429.99 and will be available in 400 Macy’s stores and on in September 2012.

“As a proud member of the Macy’s Culinary Council, I am thrilled to partner with Macy’s on the Marcus Samuelsson American Table for Belgique cookware,” said Samuelsson. “Home cooks can use this high-performance, stylish range to create everything from classic American favorites to the flavorful, ethnic dishes that embody our diverse culinary landscape.”


Macys & Private Brand Every Day Value\”

\"\"In a move that certainly appears to be a reaction to the announcement this month by, Plano, Texas-based JCPenney that they would adjust their pricing and promotional strategy and eliminate the high-low prices they have chased over the last few years New York based department store Macy’s features its version of EDLP in its Sunday newspaper flyer. The 16-page circular screams \”everyday value\” on the cover. The circular is predominantly Private Brand including: Style & Co and Charter Club.

According to an article I the Dallas Morning News – Jim Sluzewski, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications & External Affairs Macy’s replied an email from the newspaper this way: \”The Every Day Value (EDV) program has been in place at Macy\’s for 6 or 7 years. It includes certain items across the store.\”

\”EDV items at Macy\’s never go on sale (until the point they go on clearance) and a customer never needs a coupon. All EDV items have prices that end in .98 (e.g., $19.98),\” Sluzewski said.


A Interview With Tim Adams Chief Private Brands Officer, Macy’s

Earlier this month Dale Gauthreaux, Director of The Institute for Leadership Advancement at the University of Georgia’s  Terry College of Business had the opportunity to film this one on one interview with Timothy M. Adams, the chief private brands officer of Macy’s Inc. The conversation was a supplement to the free lecture series produced as a part of the 2011–12 Terry Leadership Speaker Series.

\"\"Adams was named Macy’s chief Private Brands officer in February 2009. He is responsible for overseeing the concepts, designs, marketing and other aspects of Macy’s retail portfolio of private brands, including apparel, accessories and home goods.

From 2005 to 2009, Adams served as chairman and CEO of Macy’s Home Store. Before that, he was chairman and CEO of Macy’s Florida in Miami.

Adams began his retailing career in 1976 at Macy’s South in Atlanta. He joined Macy’s West in San Francisco in 1989 as a merchandise administrator and held positions of increasing responsibility. He was named president of The Bon Marché in Seattle in March 1998.

A native of Atlanta, Adams is a 1975 graduate of the Terry College of Business with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He and his wife, Jeanette, live in New York City.

Adams is the third executive this school year to be invited to address students through the Terry Leadership Speaker Series. Former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin spoke on Oct. 7, and Stadion Money Management CEO Tim Chapman was the guest speaker on Nov. 4.

The Institute for Leadership Advancement is a leadership development unit housed in the Terry College of Business. Its programs stress the importance of principled leadership based on core values and emphasize leadership as a collaborative process and not as a position. The institute’s ultimate aim is to create a new class of leaders who are well trained and ready for responsibility, committed to stewardship and pursuers of excellence, characterized by integrity and defined by purpose. For more information about the Terry College of Business, see


Macy\’s Brings Private Brands to ShopNBC

\"\"New York based national department store Macy’s will debut four of its home brands from its Private Brand portfolio on ShopNBC beginning Saturday, February 11th at 7pm ET. Through this initiative, a select assortment of Macy\’s exclusive Private Brands will, for the first time, be offered to a television viewing audience.

ShopNBC viewers will experience the iconic Macy\’s retail brand on ShopNBC through a curated assortment of some of Macy\’s popular Private Brands, including textiles from Hotel Collection and Charter Club, and housewares from Tools of the Trade and The Cellar. Macy\’s home collections are tailored to each and every customer to create unforgettable moments:

  • Hotel Collection – Evokes the cool, clean-lined style of a world-class hotel or spa and offers a sophisticated collection of fine-quality bedding and bath elements.
  • Tools of the Trade – High-quality, high-performance cookware and cutlery collection that has been providing smart style, advanced technology and real value for more than 20 years.
  • The Cellar – Inspired by the latest trends in casual entertaining, this collection offers up-to-date tableware and decorative housewares that address the needs of today\’s families.
  • Charter Club – Classic, all-American style home goods that provide the essentials for elegant, traditional décor with timeless bedding and bath elements.

\”As part of our company\’s omnichannel strategy, Macy\’s is focused on the convenience and synergy of reaching all consumer touchpoints in an effort to serve new and existing customers wherever and however they want to shop,\” said Timothy Adams, Macy\’s chief private brand officer. \”ShopNBC will be a great addition that complements our store and existing online and mobile channels by offering a new, interactive television distribution platform for some of our most desired private brands.\”

\”We are thrilled to team with Macy\’s and expand our product assortment,\” said Bob Ayd, president of ShopNBC. \”Macy\’s private brands are well known for delivering extraordinary quality and unique styling, and with ShopNBC reaching more than 80 million homes, we see this partnership as a tremendous opportunity to attract new customers and provide exciting products to our existing customers.\”

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Macys Sues Martha Over Penneys

\"\"New York based department store Macy\’s has filed a lawsuit against Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia to block a new licensing agreement with their middle America rival JCPenney. Macy\’s asserts that the deal violates an exclusive Private Brand agreement with the retailer. As part of the contract, JCPenney would sell a line of Martha Stewart Private Brand home and kitchen items and launch Martha Stewart  mini-stores within its stores in February 2013. The company also purchased a 16.6% stake in Martha Stewart Living for USD38.5 million.

Macy\’s has carried a line of Martha Stewart home and kitchen products since 2007. Macy\’s said it was suing Martha Stewart Living for breaching its contract by creating a deal with JCPenney to sell items covered by the Macy\’s agreement. The company said: \”The right for Macy\’s to sell products exclusively in these categories was clearly outlined.\” Macy\’s added that it renewed its contract with Martha Stewart Living for another five years, until January 2018. With the announcement of the JCPenney deal, Macy\’s said it would review its Martha Stewart product range for \”potential changes\” in light of \”the proliferation of Martha Stewart-branded product in the marketplace\”.

All of this comes a short time after Ron Johnson, the former senior vice president of retail at Apple took the helm of the retailer as CEO and later hired former Target colleague Michael Francis, 48, as president.