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August 1, 2013

Specialty retailer Wet Seal has signed on with Demandware to use the cloud commerce solutions provider’s commerce platform as a component of its e-commerce and digital marketing strategy.

BURLINGTON, Mass. — Specialty retailer Wet Seal has signed on with Demandware to use the cloud commerce solutions provider’s commerce platform as a component of its e-commerce and digital marketing strategy. 

Wet Seal is looking to leverage the platform’s offerings — which according to Demandware include fast time-to-market, a rich set of merchandising capabilities and a secure, scalable environment to support omnichannel operations — to provide customers with optimal online and mobile shopping services. 

February 4, 2013

The Wet Seal Inc. on Friday announced that its COO is resigning as the struggling retailer initiates a corporate workforce reduction as part of a broader cost-saving initiative.

FOOTHILLS RANCH, Calif.  —  The Wet Seal Inc. on Friday announced that its COO is resigning as the struggling retailer initiates a corporate workforce reduction as part of a broader cost-saving initiative. In other moves, it will shutter two poor-performing Arden B stores.

The struggling chain, which also authorized a $25 million stock buyback program, said president and COO Ken Seipel resigned effective immediately. His position will not be filled. Instead, Seipel's duties will be shared between CEO John Goodman and CFO Steve Benrubi.

October 3, 2012

The Wet Seal reported that total sales declined 9.9% to $48.3 million for the month of September.

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. — The Wet Seal reported that total sales declined 9.9% to $48.3 million for the month of September. Comparable-store sales fell 12.7% compared with same-store sales that were essentially flat last year.

E-commerce sales, which increased 15% for the month, were a bright spot for the company.

July 23, 2012

Wet Seal has terminated the employment of its CEO, Susan McGalla, and has begun a search for a new executive to head the struggling young women's apparel retailer.

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. — Wet Seal has terminated the employment of its CEO, Susan McGalla, and has begun a search for a new executive to head the struggling young women's apparel retailer.

Until such a person is found, Wet Seal president and COO and Steve Benrubi, CFO, will serve as co-principal execuitve officers and members of the office of the chairman, led by Hal Kahn, until a new CEO is elected by the board of directors.

For the month-to-date, Wet Seal's comps have declined between 13% and 14%.

January 12, 2011

Specialty apparel retailer Wet Seal announced that it has entered into an employment contract with Susan McGalla to serve as its new CEO through Aug. 8, 2014. McGalla will assume her position as CEO on Jan. 18. Ed Thomas will remain as interim CEO until Jan.18, 2011, and thereafter will remain employed by the company until Feb. 8, to assist with transition.

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. - Specialty apparel retailer Wet Seal announced that it has entered into an employment contract with Susan McGalla to serve as its new CEO through Aug. 8, 2014. McGalla will assume her position as CEO on Jan. 18. Ed Thomas will remain as interim CEO until Jan.18, 2011, and thereafter will remain employed by the company until Feb. 8, to assist with transition.