VISUALIZING SAKS: Stephen R. Byers has been named executive vice president of stores and visual merchandising for Carson Pirie Scott & Co., a division of the department store group of Saks Inc. Byers will oversee store and visual merchandising operations for the division’s 31 Carson Pirie Scott, 14 Bergner’s, 10 Boston Store, 40 Herberger’s, and 50 Younkers stores. He will report to Michael R. MacDonald, chairman and chief executive officer of Carson Pirie Scott. He succeeds Kit Shaw, who retired. A 40-year veteran of retailing, Byers was senior vice president/territory director of stores for Kohl’s Department Stores since 2000, where he was responsible for the operations of 180 stores and oversaw 80 store openings. From 1994 to 2000, he was senior vice president and regional manager for Sears, and prior to that he worked at L.S. Ayres, Lazarus, and Strawbridge & Clothier.
NIGHT SHIFT: Seeking to reduce cargo delays, traffic and air pollution, the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, the nation’s largest, will extend operations to nights and weekends. The “PierPass” program, set to start in November, will use fees from cargo owners — $20 for 20-foot cargo containers and $40 for 40-foot cargo containers — to pay for the longer hours. The cost is estimated at $150 million annually for three years. Cargo owners moving their goods during the off-peak hours will have fees refunded. “We think this will create an economic incentive to shift operations from the day,” said Tupper Hull, spokesman for PierPass. About 17 percent of all port cargo moves during off-peak hours.
ADIDAS SUES POLO: Adidas’ U.S. subsidiary filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. in federal court on Aug. 13. Portland-based Adidas America Inc. claimed in a suit filed with the U.S. District Court in Portland that a Polo jacket with two stripes on its sleeves infringes on its own trademark jacket with three stripes. In the complaint Adidas said Polo’s “merchandise is likely to cause confusion and to deceive consumers and the public regarding its source, and [Polo’s] merchandise dilutes and tarnishes the distinctive quality of Adidas’ trademark.” In February and July Adidas filed similar lawsuits against the U.S. Polo Association and Vision Sports Inc., respectively, over the use of striped footwear.
This story first appeared in the August 25, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.