Fabolous braved the chilly temperatures—and the subsequent runny nose—to perform "Y'all Don't Hear Me Tho" for fans and fellow Brooklynites atop New York's Brooklyn Bridge. Featuring the track off new mixtape The S.O.U.L. Tape, the surprise performance was filmed as part of Vevo's Go Show, and featured Fab spitting well into the night as the lights of the city shine brightly in the background (imagery that evokes a certain other Big Apple anthem).
Score one for Fab's bucket list, as the rapper says he's never even walked over the bridge, let alone perform there. The video follows Lady Gaga's recent Google Chrome commercial which depicts Mother Monster jogging and dancing across the East River. So who did BK best? We might have to give the edge to Fab, considering he's from the borough (sorry to blow up your spot, Gaga) but as New Yorkers, it's always good to see the city get some love. Plus we're never opposed to an impromptu performance. Preferably one on a famous landmark.
Federated forms shoe-buy team. (Federated Stores Inc.)
Footwear News July 30, 1990 | McNally, Pamela Federated forms shoe-buy team NEW YORK - Federated Stores Inc. (FSI) has created a central team of key executives to direct up to 40 percent of the overall buy in footwear, part of a strategy aimed at coordinating to some degree each division's shoe department, strengthening assortments and cutting overall costs.
The footwear task force will focus on core resources considered important to all divisions, according to Roger Farah, chairman of Rich's, Atlanta, who will head the shoe team. Farah said the individual retail divisions will buy about 60 percent of their footwear mix in the usual fashion.
"What we're trying to do is coordinate shoe purchases by focusing on common threads that run through all of our businesses," Farah said. "In the past, we got bogged down on the differences. What we'll be doing is going through the regular buyers in the divisions and coordinating efforts to maximize results." The women's footwear task force, put together this past spring, is only one of about 70 teams FSI has set up to direct a percentage of the overall buy in each department. Farah said the men's shoe task force has yet to be set up. website shoe buy coupon code
As in most departments, Farah said, there will be teams to cover a number of footwear categories - better, moderate, budget, juniors and athletics. He said Diane Wren, a group merchandise manager, Abraham & Straus, Brooklyn, will help Farah oversee the shoe teams, each made up of a divisional merchandise manager and two shoe buyers from the divisions.
Tom Cole, president of Federated/Allied Merchandisng Services, here, said the team approach allows FSI to more effectively negotiate with top vendors as a corporation and will result in better deals. He could not quantify how much FSI expects to save.
"Instead of six different strategies aimed at Brown Shoe from six different divisions, we'll have one corporate strategy toward the company," Cole said.
The goal in shoes is to increase turnover by 20 percent over the next two to three years, according to Cole, who admitted the turnover in footwear has fallen behind the stores' average. He said sales of shoes totaled $350 million last year, about 5-6 percent of FSI's overall business.
Farah said the teams' objective is not to cut down on resources, but rather to strengthen the company's position with those resources already doing business with the divisions. However, he said, because the teams' focus in each category is on major resources, other similar resources may be eliminated.
"We're trying to use the collective smarts of all divisions," Cole said. "At the end what we hope to get out of this is a group of people who are very focused on shoes, which will allow us to give the right assortment to the customer." Of FSI's nine retail divisions - A&S, Bloomingdale's, The Bon Marche, Burdines, Jordan Marsh, Lazarus, Maas Brothers, Rich's and Stern's - Bloomingdale's is the only one that will not be affected by the team's direction, Cole said. Bloomingdale's glitzy, sophisticated image sets it apart from FSI's other divisions, which are very much alike, he said.
The teams have 100 percent control in choosing key vendors, key items and the assortment, Cole said. For now there are no plans for the teams to write orders; however, they will have the power to make commitments to key vendors, he said.
FSI's computer information systems will provide the teams with the data on "what's selling," aiding their identification of major vendors, Cole said. Major resources, he explained, will be based on historical profit and from information gathered while the teams shop the market.
Farah explained that teams covering the different footwear categories will attend the upcoming New York shoe shows. At the end, he said, the teams will get together, and the group will conduct team style-outs.
"Anything the team recommends is going to be done. It's nonnegotiable," Cole stressed. this web site shoe buy coupon code
Cole dismissed reports the strategy is aimed at paring down the stores' buying staffs. Buyers will ultimately be able to spend more time on sales and promotion activities, and focus more on the non-team-directed buys, he said. The teams will not be involved in setting prices, which will remain the responsibility of the individual stores, he added.
Addressing concerns the stores will look alike after a time, Cole said the divisions will have a percentage of buying power in each department in order to meet seasonal and competitive demands. The percentages will vary, he said, pointing out departments or categories less driven by fashion or seasonal demands will have a greater percentage of their buy directed by the teams.
The women's athletic team, for example, will be very involved in recommending vendors, according to Rick Henry, operating vice president and divisional merchandise manager of women's shoes, A&S, who heads up the team covering this category. Henry said the teams will allow more sharing and pooling of ideas among FSI's divisions.
Cole said he expects the shoe business, as well as most other businesses, to remain flat this year.
"Companywide we have about 5-10 percent less inventory than last fall, and that's probably true in shoes as well," Cole said. "We're not buying as much as we bought a year ago." McNally, Pamela