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Macy’s Inc. Adds Board Member

Leslie Hale

CINCINNATI-Leslie D. Hale, executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of RLJ Lodging Trust, has been elected to the Macy’s, Inc. board of directors. RLJ Lodging Trust is a publicly-traded real estate investment trust focused on the lodging sector, with 150 hotels across the United States. “Leslie Hale is an accomplished executive with exceptionalMore »

Last updated: January 13, 2015

Ambiente Awash in Red, White and Blue


Nearly 100 American tabletop and housewares vendors are preparing their exhibits for the Ambiente fair in Frankfurt next month, where the United States will be the partner country and the focus will be on all things American. Among the 90 exhibitors expected from the U.S. are American Cookware, Chef’n, Design Ideas, Gibson, Hampton Forge, KitchenAid,More »

Last updated: January 13, 2015

Igloo Completes Cool Gear Acquisition, Names New President

Mark Parrish

WASHINGTON-Igloo Products Corp. said it has completed the purchase of Cool Gear International and that Mark Parrish has been hired as Igloo’s new president. Parrish succeeds Gary Kiedaisch, who is stepping down from day-to-day management. Kiedaisch will remain an investor in the company. Igloo acquired Cool Gear from RAF Industries, which along with Cool Gear’sMore »

Last updated: January 12, 2015

Newcomers Get Special Display Area at NY Now

NY Now

NEW YORK-NY Now’s new exhibitors will be concentrated within the New! area at the rear of the Level Three exhibit floor. “New resources are the lifeblood of a tradeshow, and NY Now will showcase hundreds of new companies this winter,” said Scott Kramer, NY Now codirector and vice president. “The demand for exhibit space fromMore »

Last updated: January 12, 2015

Macy’s Inc. to Merge Buying Teams


CINCINNATI-Macy’s Inc. said it is restructuring the central merchandising and marketing functions at both its Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s nameplates by combining the brick-and-mortar and online buying teams within each brand. The goal, the company said, is for each brand to present its assortments seamlessly across channels and provide a single omnichannel view in all productMore »

Last updated: January 9, 2015

Surya Unveils New Display System

Surya’s New Design Gallery Display (180 sample option)

ATLANTA-Surya is introducing its Design Gallery display system at the rug market here to give furniture retailers and designers a way to showcase multiple Surya rugs within their retail space, the company said. The Design Gallery comes fully stocked with up to 180 unique 18-inch corner samples, each of which includes a cord list ofMore »

Last updated: January 9, 2015

NY Now Makes B’way Show Switch

NY Now

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.-NY Now will offer specially priced tickets to the Tuesday, Feb. 3, performance of “Honeymoon In Vegas” as part of its popular “Night On Broadway” programming. This show will replace the previously scheduled “The Last Ship,” which announced this week that it is closing production in late January. Tickets, normally priced at $142,More »

Last updated: January 9, 2015

Denby, No Longer for Sale, Appoints New Managing Director


DERBYSHIRE, England-Denby shareholders said they have decided not to pursue a sale of the tabletop company. The company also named a new managing director, Sebastian Lazell, who will succeed Garry Biggs, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities. The company began what it called a “business sale process” last February. But it changed its mindMore »

Last updated: January 8, 2015