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Safavieh’s Self-Branded One-Stop Shop

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By Duke Ratliff Safavieh’s newest store is a test lab for all things Safavieh. The 20,000-square-foot unit, which opened last month in Farmingdale, N.Y., is the first of the company’s 10 stores to be completely stocked with all Safavieh products. Safavieh’s executives will monitor and evaluate shopping patterns in the central Long Island store, thenMore »

Last updated: March 17, 2014

Jerry’s Kids

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I loved the old Jerry Lewis movies when I was a child (not so much as an adult). Mostly forgotten, one of the films featured Lewis slapsticking and mugging his way through his duties as an employee at the fictional Tuttle Department Store. The movie was called “Who’s Minding the Store?”, a phrase that hasMore »

Last updated: January 22, 2014

Resolutions for 2014

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By Duke Ratliff With holiday shopping (and selling) in the rearview mirror, home furnishings executives can now focus on the year ahead. Here are a few resolutions for the new year that notable individuals and institutions can make to make it a successful 2014. Walmart’s new leaders Doug McMillon and David Cheesewright should resolve toMore »

Last updated: December 20, 2013

(Selling) Home for the Holidays

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If the consumer press was any indication, the universe almost ended. More precisely, the civilized world as we know it could have come to a crashing halt on Thanksgiving Day. That’s when the Scrooge-like retailers such as … well, pretty much every single retailer of note—opened for business. Macy’s suffered an unfair share of theMore »

Last updated: December 20, 2013

“Bay-zos,” not “Bee-zos”

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By Duke Ratliff It’s interesting how Amazon is easily the most influential retailer since Walmart and most of us don’t even know how to pronounce the founder’s name. Yes, it’s “Bay-zos” instead of “Bee-zos,” according to the recently published book “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,” by Brad Stone. The public’sMore »

Last updated: November 1, 2013

History in the Making

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I have to admit I was struck ever so slightly by a touch of anxiety when Iconix’s Carolyn D’Angelo asked me to address her Introduction to Home Products class at the Fashion Institute of Technology last month. What could I tell a classroom full of young, fashion-savvy New Yorkers? I don’t even know if itsMore »

Last updated: October 24, 2013

Blog: J.C. Penney Spells It Out

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What’s old is new again at J.C. Penney as the retailer has dropped the much-heralded logo that was unveiled in the Ron Johnson era. The old, now new, logo spells out the historical name of the chain. It’s replacing the stark “JCP” in a box, which was said to symbolically represent the chain’s move awayMore »

Last updated: October 11, 2013

In the Public Eye

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Remember the ’80s song “Somebody’s Watching Me?” The lyrics for the Michael Jackson-like ditty went: “I always feel like somebody’s watching me.” Well, I nominate that almost-forgotten tune to be the song of summer 2013 for decision makers of all shapes and sizes. If recent events are any indication, if it feels like somebody isMore »

Last updated: September 10, 2013