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Four Takeaways From Black Friday Advertising


In addition to drawing consumers to stores with eye popping deals, Black Friday ads can also be instructive for those looking to track key housewares market developments, providing insight into pending price repositioning of key products as well as highlighting the emergence of new categories and brands. This year’s crop of housewares ads was noMore »

Last updated: January 13, 2015

Safavieh to Debut Mattresses at Las Vegas Market


PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.–Safavieh will introduce mattresses at the Las Vegas Market, scheduled for Jan. 18-22. The initial Dream Bed collection includes four designs, each available in twin, full, queen and king sizes. All sizes are UPS-shippable and engineered to fit into a package the size of a golf bag. All designs feature encased coil mattressesMore »

Last updated: January 13, 2015

Libby Langdon Set to Make Dallas Market Appearances

Libby Langdon

DALLAS-Designer, author and TV personality Libby Langdon will be on hand at several events during this week’s Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, which includes Dallas International Lighting Market. Tomorrow, Jan. 14, Langdon will be in the Crystorama showroom (Trade Mart, 3503) from 4-6 p.m. for a reception celebrating the company’s expanded space. She willMore »

Last updated: January 13, 2015

Abbyson Living Consolidates Into One West Coast Mega-Facility

Abbyson Living

LOS ANGELES–Abbyson Living has begun a two-phase process of moving its two current west coast facilities into one large distribution center in the greater Los Angeles area. The new location is an 11.87-acre site and will have 500,000 square feet of racked warehouse space. Abbyson expects the move to be completed by March. “With ourMore »

Last updated: January 13, 2015

Housewares Forecast 2015

Housewares Forecast

The housewares experts discuss their predictions and expectations for the new year. What ends have they prepared for? How will they innovate in 2015? This is the first part in a series of questions and answers from top level executives. Jeff Siegel CEO Lifetime Brands What’s the biggest challenge facing your company this year? “ProperlyMore »

Last updated: January 12, 2015

The Container Store’s Tindell Elected Chair of NRF Board

Kip Tindell

NEW YORK–The National Retail Federation today announced that Kip Tindell, The Container Store’s chairman and CEO, has been elected chairman of the NRF board of directors and chairman of its executive committee. Tindell was elected at the board of directors meeting held Sunday during NRF’s 104th Annual Convention and EXPO, Retail’s BIG Show, held here.More »

Last updated: January 12, 2015

Twin-Star Moves to Larger Las Vegas Showroom

Twin-Star International

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.-Twin-Star International will debut its latest products in a new showroom at the upcoming January Las Vegas Market. Located in World Market Center, showroom A-1016, the new showroom boasts 10,000 square feet of space as the layout provides a more home-like setting, enabling retailers to view the company’s offerings in a lifestyle environment.More »

Last updated: January 12, 2015

kathy ireland Worldwide Partners With A&B Home for Home Decor

WithIt to Honor Kathy Ireland

LOS ANGELES–A&B Home Group Inc. has teamed with kathy ireland Worldwide for home decor, garden, accent furniture and dinnerware to be distributed through kiWW’s Jardin and ACafe Society divisions. A soft launch of the first pieces of home decor and accent furniture will take place at the January Atlanta, Dallas and Las Vegas markets. TheMore »

Last updated: January 7, 2015