Author Archives: Duke Ratliff

Duke Ratliff

About Duke Ratliff

Editor-in-Chief | dratliff@hfnmag.com

Las Vegas Market Adds Summer Classics

LasVegasMarket_logo

LAS VEGAS–Casual furniture manufacturer Summer Classics has signed a long-term lease for a 13,500-square-foot permanent showroom at the Las Vegas Market starting in August 2015, in concert with the launch of two dedicated floors of casual/outdoor products. “Las Vegas Market gives us an ideal opportunity to grow our business,” said CEO William “Bew” White III.More »

Last updated: October 30, 2014

High Point Market Authority Recognizes Outgoing Board Members

High Point Market

HIGH POINT, N.C.–At its annual board meeting yesterday, the High Point Market Authority recognized the service of several outgoing board members. Completing their board term at the end of 2014 are: Jena Hall, president, Jena Hall Designs, Ltd. Tom Mitchell, president, Home Furnishings Leasing, International Market Centers Joe Mussallem, president, Man Wah USA Kevin O’Connor,More »

Last updated: October 23, 2014

Walmart Lowers Expectations; to Accelerate E-Commerce Investments

Doug McMillon

BENTONVILLE, Ark.-Walmart lowered its sales forecast, along with announcing an increase in its e-commerce efforts at an investor meeting yesterday. Blaming an overall tough economy, Walmart said that it expects annual sales to increase between 2-3 percent. Previously, Walmart had forecast 3-5 percent growth. Investments in e-commerce and digital initiatives are expected to range betweenMore »

Last updated: October 16, 2014

Brown Jordan Appoints Tortorici to Executive Vice President

Vincent A. Tortorici

St. AUGUSTINE, Fla.–Brown Jordan International has promoted Vincent A. Tortorici to executive vice president. Tortorici also will continue his role as chief financial officer, which he has held with the company and its predecessors since March 1988. He has previously held positions as vice president and treasurer of the company, its predecessors and subsidiaries. “ForMore »

Last updated: October 14, 2014

Wendover Art to Debut Lillian August Artwork at High Point

Lillian August

LARGO, Fla.–Wendover Art Group will debut a licensed collection by Lillian August at the High Point Fall Market, Oct. 18-23. “We are absolutely thrilled to debut Ms. August’s new collection,” said Richard D. Forsyth, CEO of Wendover Art Group. “Her pieces are exquisite. The collection spans a broad range of looks—traditional, transitional and modern—and includesMore »

Last updated: October 14, 2014

Houzz’s Study Full of Surprises

Duke_Ratliff

By Duke Ratliff “Trendy” just might be a dirty word when it comes to home furnishings. As retailers head to the New York Tabletop Show and the High Point Market this month for two of the year’s most important product-procuring events, it’s more than a little interesting to note that consumers are not big onMore »

Last updated: October 13, 2014

Marvin Ellison to be J.C. Penney President/CEO

Marvin Ellison

PLANO, Texas–J.C. Penney has appointed Marvin Ellison, currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot, as president and CEO-designee, effective Nov. 1. He will also join the Board of Directors at that time. Ellison will succeed Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, as CEO of J.C. Penney on Aug. 1, 2015. At that time, UllmanMore »

Last updated: October 13, 2014