June 25, 2001,
Kmart and Martha renew vows
Kmart and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) announced a new long-term merchandising agreement that will significantly lengthen the term and expand the scope of the Martha Stewart Everyday (MSE) brand. MSE products will be available exclusively at Kmart stores, bluelight.com and marthastewart.com until 2008, with conditional renewal until 2013. The two companies also intend to expand the number of MSE products and the skus within the five existing categories, as well as add two more categories — holidays and crafts — in 2002. MSLO will continue to develop MSE product designs, as well as the signage, packaging, advertising and other materials, while Kmart will remain responsible for manufacturing, fulfillment, warehousing, marketing and in-store operations. Financial details were undisclosed.
D.I.Y. Home Warehouse to close remaining stores
Target to offer smart Visa card
Following a successful three-market test, Target will roll out its Target Visa card nationwide. The result of a partnership with Visa U.S.A., the Target smart Visa cards are powered by microchip technology and have multi-platform capabilities. Target will offer the cards through its Retailers National Bank affiliate later this year, and will install point-of-sale terminals that accept chip payment in all Target stores in 2002.