Russell, JADCO face-off next Monday

first_imgLivingston Scott, Gleaner Writer The hearing into the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission’s (JADCO) appeal against the one year ban handed down to West Indies all-rounder, Andre Russell, is scheduled to take place over two days, Monday and Tuesday, at the Jamaica Conference Centre . Russell was banned for a year ban after he was found guilty for failing to file his whereabouts on three occasions, which amounts to a doping violation under World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) rules. The all-rounder was then sentenced to a 12 months layoff by a three-member tribunal in January of this year after a specially convened disciplinary panel found him guilty of being negligent in filing his whereabouts on three separate occasions within a 12-month period in 2015. The Jamaican’s ban is set to expire on January 30 of next year, but Russell could be out of the game for an additional year if JADCO is successful in this appeal .  A five member panel led by Justice Carl Harrison will hear the cases of both lawyers, Lackston Robinson, who will be representing JADCO and Russell’s attorney Patrick Foster on May 8 and 9 with JADCO pushing for the maximum two year ban for Russell.last_img read more

Lululemon soars to record high after delivering one of strongest years ever

first_img Comment 0 Comments Email Lululemon soars to record high after delivering one of ‘strongest years ever’ Wall Street analysts raise their price targets after blockbuster fourth quarter Reddit Join the conversation → A Lululemon Athletica logo outside a store on Newbury Street in Boston.Steven Senne / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Recommended For YouJapan ruling bloc to keep simple majority in upper house, may get 2/3- NHK exit pollDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know itTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsBank of Canada drops mortgage stress test rate for first time since 2016The storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them through Jake Edmiston center_img March 27, 20198:58 PM EDTLast UpdatedMarch 28, 201910:29 AM EDT Filed under News Retail & Marketing Twitter More Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s ongoing evolution — its push into men’s wear, work wear, underwear and self-care — along with investments in e-commerce, product innovation and global expansion, led to one of its “strongest years ever,” the Vancouver-based retailer said Wednesday.Shares in the yoga-wear specialists soared 20 per cent to a record high in early trade Thursday and several Wall Street analysts raised their price targets for the company after the blockbuster fourth quarter.The company said net revenue for the fourth quarter, aided by strong holiday sales, hit US$1.2 billion, a 26-per-cent increase compared to the previous year.Total revenue for fiscal 2018 was US$3.3 billion — not far off its goal of US$4 billion in revenue by 2020.The company achieved three other goals for 2020 in 2018, including reaching an e-commerce penetration rate of 26 per cent.Lululemon also announced that it is opening e-commerce markets in France, Japan and Germany and plans to roll out its “order online, pick up in store” program across the U.S. by the winter holidays this year.What Lululemon has is armies of fans Globally, Lululemon signalled plans to open 25 to 30 stores outside North America. Lululemon’s stock price has roughly doubled in the last year, from US$78.71 on March 27, 2018, closing at US$146.80 on Wednesday before reaching more than US$160 in aftermarket trading as the company gave its earnings update.In recent months, analysts have seemed particularly curious about the company’s budding loyalty program, with one suggesting Wednesday that the program could act as a springboard into to the “lucrative” world of personal experiences, such as yoga and wellness retreats.“This is them laying the groundwork, I think, for that kind of move,” said Neil Saunders, managing director and retail analyst at GlobalData Retail.Lululemon first began testing the loyalty program in Edmonton, chief executive Calvin McDonald said in December. In that pilot program, members paid an annual fee of $128 in exchange for a free pair of shorts or pants, access to in-store classes and “curated events” as well as free “expedited shipping” on online orders. On Wednesday, McDonald released more details about the tests on the program, including an increase in pricing. Lululemon is now testing the program in Denver, at an annual fee of US$148, and receiving “wonderful take-up.”“It sort of confirmed our thinking, which is: There’s real value in the membership,” McDonald told analysts on a conference call Wednesday. “Our intent over the coming months is to select a few more markets and keep testing.”The program, for Saunders, appears to be a shift away from relying exclusively on products. Lululemon already offers a range of in-store classes and a series of bootcamp-style festivals called Sweatlife. McDonald has also signalled plans to court the running community, with a growing presence on fitness app Strava. Moving into health and wellness retreats, Saunders said, is a logical next step.“What Lululemon has is armies of fans,” he said. “If you look at many other retailers there’s no way they could move into those kind of sophisticated areas. A company like Dick’s Sporting Goods has no chance. Because it just doesn’t have the power of the brand.”With file from Reuters Facebook Share this storyLululemon soars to record high after delivering one of ‘strongest years ever’ Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn last_img read more