Blendtec’s Markham Receives SAMY Award


OREM, Utah-Bill Markham, vice president of worldwide retail sales at Blendtec, has been honored with the Sales and Marketing Executives of the Year (SAMY) award by Utah Business Magazine. The award recognizes members and leaders of sales teams “who not only succeed individually, but who also help propel their companies to excellence,” said a BlendtecMore »

Last updated: January 27, 2015

Retail Scorecard: Vacuum Cleaners


NEW YORK-Walmart offered an overall promotion in which shoppers could save 25 percent on all Dyson vacuum cleaners. Among the store’s clearance-priced items were the Neato XV-12 robotic vacuum at $328.99 (was $398.99), the Electrolux UltraSilencer Canister Bag vacuum at $239.64 (was $399) and the Eureka Bagless RapidClean 2-in-1 Stick and Handheld vacuum at $69More »

Last updated: January 26, 2015

IHRA’s Grob to Receive Gift For Life Award

John Grob

ROSEMONT, Ill.-John Grob, chairman of the International Housewares Representatives Association, will receive the Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award from Gift for Life during the organization’s Party for Life on Feb. 2 in New York City. Grob is the founder of J. Grob Associates, whose lines include upscale housewares and gift supplies. He is a memberMore »

Last updated: January 26, 2015

Entries open for ICON Honors

ICON Honors

ATLANTA-Nominations for ICON Honors 2015 are open now through March 16. The awards are produced by AmericasMart Atlanta in partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association and Progressive Business Media. Nominations can be made online at The ICON Honors, entering its sixth year, recognizes innovation, contribution, branding and achievement the home and giftMore »

Last updated: January 26, 2015

Libbey Unveils ‘Own the Moment’ Corporate Strategy


TOLEDO, Ohio-Libbey introduced a new corporate strategy, called “Own the Moment,” at its 2015 Investor Day in New York City this morning. The corporate goals for “Own the Moment” include growing Libbey’s business by from 4 to 6 percent a year, with the target of achieving in excess of $1 billion in annual revenue byMore »

Last updated: January 23, 2015

Sneak Peek at Housewares in NY


NEW YORK-Companies exhibiting at March’s International Home + Housewares Show—first timers as well as long-time ones—previewed their introductions yesterday in a special media event given by International Housewares Association. The earthy, artisanal trend was seen in the cookware category at the preview. Bialetti, for example, showed Terracotta X-tra, which ties the feeling of old-world slowMore »

Last updated: January 22, 2015

Las Vegas Market Announces Best Booth Winners

Las Vegas Market

LAS VEGAS–Six furniture, gift and home decor firms—Bison Book Binding, Cozy Nomad Designs, Dogberry Collections, Joybird Furniture, Karma Living and Vital Industries—received Best Booth awards at the Winter 2015 Market, which runs through Thursday, Jan. 22. “Las Vegas Market recognizes and congratulates the visual merchandising efforts of these six exhibitors, each of which is leadingMore »

Last updated: January 22, 2015

Atlanta’s Visual Display Winners Honored


ATLANTA-Several of AmericasMart’s permanent and temporary collections were honored with Visual Display Awards at the recent International Gift and Home Furnishings Market and International Area Rug Market here. The at-market adjudication yielded the following winners for outstanding visual presentation in permanent showrooms, temporary exhibits and showcase window displays.   SHOWROOMS BUILDING 1 Floor 20: BethanyMore »

Last updated: January 22, 2015