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Target names executive committee members

BY Allison Cerra

MINNEAPOLIS — Two leaders of Target have been appointed to the retailer’s executive committee.

Tina Schiel, SVP enterprise strategy and new business development, was promoted to EVP stores and will join the executive committee, while Laysha Ward, who will retain her position as Target’s community relations president and Target Foundation president, also will join the executive committee.

Schiel has been with Target for more than 23 years, joining the organization as a stores team member in 1987. Ward, a 19-year company veteran, has held a number of leadership positions across Target’s community relations organization and was named president of community relations and the Target Foundation in 2008.

“Tina and Laysha are proven leaders who have played a significant role in Target’s success over the years,” said Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and CEO of Target. “Both women have a keen understanding of Target’s business and will bring valuable experience and unique insight to their new positions.”

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Microflex introduces Xceed nitrile disposable examination gloves

BY Allison Cerra

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — A new line of nitrile disposable examination gloves is hitting the market.

Microflex’s Xceed gloves offer a unique combination of benefits for any disposable examination glove user (nitrile or latex) looking to increase glove quality and durability at an affordable price. The gloves mimic the soft fit, feel and tactile sensitivity of disposable natural rubber latex gloves, while delivering up to 90% greater tensile strength.

Microflex said the Xceed nitrile disposable examination gloves will be available in a 250-count box (2,500 gloves per case). More information can be found on Microflex.com/Xceed.

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The latest from Lego: Ninjago

BY Allison Cerra

ENFIELD, Conn. — Lego is bringing a new kind of ninja to game enthusiasts.

Ninjago, the newest Lego family member, combines the best of Lego construction play, action-based competitive play and virtual gaming. Ninjago tells the story of four young ninjas who train under the watchful eye of Sensei Wu to master an ancient martial art — Spinjitzu — the art of spinning into a human tornado, to save the world from the evil Lord Garmadon and his skeleton army.

"Ninjago merges three distinct play patterns into one integrated experience that seamlessly blends physical and virtual play to reinforce character, story, competition and engagement for children," said Soren Torp Laursen, president of Lego Systems. "We’re very excited to put a new spin on Lego play by opening a new world of creativity that caters perfectly to what today’s children expect from their play experiences."

Ninjago includes the following new products:

  • Competitive play: Children can build on their spinners, add their minifigures, use the trading cards to influence the outcome of the battle and choose their battle accessories before starting each Spinjitzu match. Six collectible spinners now are available with 10 more slated across launches in April and August. Each includes a spinner base, minifigure, accessories and a set of strategy cards for $9.99;

  • Construction play: Seven richly detailed building sets, centered on the storied locations of the Ninjago legend, are available now, ranging in price from $4.99 to $69.99. Four more play sets launch in August, ranging from $19.99 to $119.99;

  • Gaming: Lego Universe, the company’s massive multiplayer online game, will offer more ways to engage in the Ninjago legend by unlocking a new adventure zone, Crux Prime. The new zone is filled with fresh challenges and an original Ninjago storyline that will continue to unfold throughout the year and beyond so that Lego Universe players can enjoy the fun of Spinjitzu masters online.

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