US LBM divisions launch mobile apps
US LBM divisions Green Bay-based Wisconsin Building Supply and Schenectady, New York-based Bellevue Builders Supply launched their own mobile apps, now available on the iPhone App Store.
The rollouts are part of a corporate intiative to bring the latest communication tools to US LBM customers.
“We created the Mobile App specifically for the professional remodeler, commercial and custom builder," said Wisconsin Building Supply president Bill Imig. "We know and understand their business and the tools they need at their fingertips. This investment in technology is part of our continued commitment to customer service excellence."
Using the app, builders can track jobsite deliveries with real-time GPS updates, view photos of the delivered order, search delivery history, view invoices and bills, access promotions and register for upcoming events.
Imig added that the company expects to launch an Android version soon.
Schlage rolls out new door hardware line
Schlage is making some added contributions to the door hardware market through the launch of a new collection of transitional levers and knobs.
Together, the Sacramento Lever, Bowery Knob and Greyson Rose comprise Schlage’s new offerings, in addition to added finish options (such as 10 new styles in Matte Black).
“At Schlage, we understand the important role design plays in showcasing self-expression and providing comfort in the home," said Steve Down, residential leader for Schlage’s parent company, Allegion. "With the launch of our new designs and Matte Black finish offerings, Schlage isn’t just opening doors, we’re opening eyes to forms that are perfect for traditionally classic, as well as modern, contemporary living spaces.”
Of the new products, the Sacramento Lever satisfies the need for a sleek, transitional option, the Bowery Knob posits clean, modern lines and the Greyson Rose is adaptable to both styles, featuring simple, sophisticated design.
The hardware is designed to fit most residential doors and features non-handed reversible levers.
The new products will become available online and in retail stores this month.
Kmart gets help from Biggest Loser star
Fitness guru Jillian Michaels and Kmart this month plan to launch a new line of performance activewear branded as Impact by Jillian Michaels as part of Kmart’s strategy to expand and strengthen health and wellness offerings.
The product line will be available online beginning August 10 for Kmart’s Shopyourway.com members and in stores on August 17 with prices ranging from $10.99 to $36.99. The line of apparel and accessories encompasses categories such as core training, running, yoga and lifestyle.
Kmart said it relationship with Michaels, a fitness celebrity who gained notoriety as host of the television show The Biggest Loser, would combine a compelling performance brand with a highly engaging shopping experience. Through shopyourway.com, members will have exclusive access to content from Michaels that is designed to inspire them to achieve healthy lifestyle goals and potential. Members will also be able to purchase the collection through the integrated retail platform that enables them to receive brand updates, create their own catalogs to shop and share and enter sweepstakes.
"We are thrilled to collaborate with Jillian, one of the foremost authorities in wellness and fitness," said Diane Vaccaro, chief marketing officer for Kmart Apparel. "Jillian has infused her personal style and enthusiasm for empowering women into the collection, allowing us to offer true performance and style at an affordable price. We believe her engagement across our Shop Your Way platform will resonate authentically with our members."
The new line will feature key technical attributes integral to activewear, including moisture-wicking and quick-drying properties, flat-lock stitching, reflective details and quality fabric blends for enhanced comfort and breathability, according to Kmart. The line will also be infused with fashion and design elements that include fitted silhouettes, lightweight fabrics and pops of color and pattern.
"I wanted to create an athletic apparel line for Kmart that not only performed well, but looked great, too," Michaels said. "I drew inspiration from every fitness category and trend out there, so no matter who you are and what you’re doing, you will feel empowered while wearing the collection."