Wayfair and Staples partner up
Wayfair.com and Staples have forged a new partnership in order to bring greater furniture, decor and housewares selection to Staples.com customers.
"We’re rapidly expanding the product assortment on Staples.com, making it easier for business to find everything they need in one place," said Faisal Masud, EVP global e-commerce for Staples. "Wayfair.com’s offering builds on our selection and brings completely new categories to our online shopping experience."
The move specifically caters to small and medium-sized businesses shopping on Staples for categories like outdoor furniture, exercise equipment and kitchenware. More than 50,000 Wayfair products will be available online via Staples by early 2014.
"We are thrilled to join forces with Staples on their new marketplace as they build an even more comprehensive offering to meet the evolving needs of their customers," said Brad Johnson, VP partner sales and operations. "Drawing from a selection of 7 million products from 12,000 brands across a vast spectrum of home furnishings, this marketplace partnership will bring an entirely new level of selection to Staples’ business customers and offer Wayfair.com a new channel for reaching shoppers."
In Canada, a recall of blinds and shades
Together with Health Canada, the Window Covering Safety Council has announced a voluntary recall for certain corded bottom-up top-down (BUTD) window blinds and shades, most of which are custom-made.
Health Canada deems corded BUTD shades with a cord joiner device on the intermediate rail operating cord, specifically those which are not meant to separate under force, do not meet the 2008 Canadian Corded Window Coverings Regulations. The exposed loop above the joined cord of the intermediate rail operating cord creates a strangulation hazard for young children.
According to Health Canada, there has been one fatality in Canada (in 2011) and one in the United States (in 2008), both involving children under three years of age.
The products in question come in various shapes and sizes, but all have an intermediate rail with its own cord between the bottom rail and head rail of the shade.
Consumers can contact the WCSC for a free retrofit kit, which converts the joined cord into separate cords and includes cord cleats to help further child-proof the shades.
iRobot COO leaves company amid restructuring
In response to the company’s management restructuring initiative, which reduced the responsibilities of his position, COO Jeff Beck has left iRobot amid the company’s 2014 planning cycle.
The company decided to streamline leadership for operational efficiency after shifting the company’s focus to three essential market segments in the beginning of 2012.
"Since realigning the company in Q1 2012, iRobot has evolved into a single organization focused on three distinct market segments," said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot. "These markets are served by business units, each with experienced leadership, supported by shared engineering and supply chain teams. Having completed this transition and effectively reduced the operational complexity of the organization, the responsibilities of the COO were minimized, giving us the opportunity to flatten the organization by expanding upon the CFO and CTO functions."
Beck was promoted to COO early last year during the initial reorganization. Previously, he had led the company’s consumer division.
iRobot will not be seeking a replacement COO in 2014.