Method partners with Oakland, Calif., nonprofit on limited-edition collection
SAN FRANCISCO — Method will be debuting a limited-edition product collection that showcases the work of artists from Creative Growth, an Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit art center serving adults with disabilities.
The collection features work from four artists paired with four new fragrances inspired by their work — palm garden, jasmine lily, cedar spice and vanilla sky — and will be available exclusively at Target through the end of the year.
“At Method, we truly view cleaning as an act of creative expression,” said Doug Piwinski, CMO of People Against Dirty, a company made up of Method and Ecover. “Creative Growth's powerful and meaningful work has inspired us to produce a limited edition collection that celebrates these incredible artists, and enables us to bring their art — and their stories — to more people.”
The art was commissioned from Creative Growth artists Aurie Ramirez, Allan Lofberg, Maureen Clay and Barry Regan.
“Our mission is to understand how everyone is a part of the creative community,” said Tom di Maria, director of Creative Growth. “Our partnership with method is about valuing how our artists can be seen as contemporary designers, and how their art can enrich the everyday experience of people.”
It is so great to see method continue their amazing innovation. What a wonderful partnership with Creative Growth!
With July sales, Fred’s shares best quarterly comps in past 4 quarters
MEMPSHIS, Tenn. — Fred’s on Thursday reported its July sales, as well as initial results from its fiscal second quarter, which included the best comparable-store sales the company has reported in the past four quarters. The company’s Q2 sales decreased 4.2% to $507.4 million, while comparable-store sales decreased 0.3%, compared with a 2% decrease in Q2 2016.
“While our financial results have been slower to materialize than we had anticipated, we are encouraged by our improving comparable store sales and strong performance in retail and specialty pharmacy,” Fred’s CEO Mike Bloom said. “Although slightly negative due to industry headwinds challenging the front store consumables category, our overall comparable sales for the second quarter represent the best quarterly performance in the trailing four quarters.”
The company attributed the decline in sales in Q2 to a shift from brand to generic scripts and its Q1 closure of 39 underperforming stores. It also noted that its comps saw a 0.8% negative impact from the sale of low productive discontinued inventory.
For July, Fred’s saw year-over-year sales decrease 3.5% to $150.5 million, which the company attributes mainly to the closure of underperforming stores. Comps for the month a 0.1% decrease, compared with a 4.6% decrease in July 2016. The month’s comps saw the 0.6% impact of the sale of low productive discontinued inventory that last July was not subject to.
Bloom said he remains optimistic about the company’s improvements coming as it continues its healthcare transformation. The company has touted this strategy as central to its goal of achieving operational profitability by year’s end.
“Our improving sales trends and the strength of the pharmacy businesses demonstrate that our healthcare transformation strategy is working,” Bloom said. “We are confident in our ability to improve our financial performance and drive long-term growth and profitability, and look forward to sharing more details about our second quarter results in the coming weeks.”
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Weis Markets reports Q2 comps increase
SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets have delivered an increase in comparable-store sales once again. The company on Wednesday reported a 2.7% rise in comps, after adjustment for the Easter holiday shift, for the 13-week period ended July 1.
For the quarter, sales rose 20% to $876.6 million. The company also increased its operating income 15.2% in the quarter, bringing it to $27.7 million, compared with $24.1 million in the same period last year. Net income hit $18.5 million — a 21% increase over Q2 last year.
For the year-to-date, the company has posted a 17.7 increase in sales bringing the total to $1.7 billion. Operating income decreased over last year’s Q2, hitting $48 million, compared with $55.3 million in the prior-year period.
"Our comparable stores have now increased for the thirteenth consecutive quarter," said Weis Markets Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Weis. "During this period our sales and net income benefited from the strong performance of our pharmacy and deli-food service departments, sustained and varied promotions throughout our seven state market area and increased store level efficiencies and expense controls."
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