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KitchenAid Forms Global Premium Blender Unit

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich.-KitchenAid has created a global business unit that will focus on the high-performance blender category. As defined by Kay Oswald, the brand’s global business unit director for blenders, this category (called “super premium blenders” in a KitchenAid statement) consists of products that come with a suggested retail price of from $299 and up.More »

Last updated: January 27, 2015

Milligan, Western Digital CEO, Joins Ross Stores Board

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DUBLIN, Calif.-Ross Stores has elected Stephen Milligan, president and CEO of Western Digital Corp., to its board of directors. Milligan was with Western Digital from 2202 to 2007 in executive roles including chief financial officer. He joined Hitachi Global Storage Technologies in 2007 as chief financial officer, and became Hitachi’s CEO in 2009. When WesternMore »

Last updated: January 27, 2015

Blendtec’s Markham Receives SAMY Award

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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

Surya Receives Best Of Houzz Award for Second Straight Year

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CALHOUN, Ga.—Surya has received a Best of Houzz 2015 award in the Design category from Houzz, the online home remodeling and design platform. The honor is Surya’s second consecutive award from Houzz in this category. Surya received this award because images in its Surya Spaces project, which includes design projects incorporating Surya products, were amongMore »

Last updated: January 27, 2015

Trend Lab Debuts Paddington Bear Infant Collection

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MINNEAPOLIS-Trend Lab, a vendor of home decor geared toward infants, has launched a collection of infant bedding, decor and gifts branded under Paddington Bear. The introduction of the collection is designed with the recent release of “Paddington,” a live-action film featuring the character in the children’s book series that debuted in 1958. It consists ofMore »

Last updated: January 27, 2015

Sears Canada Names Boire Permanent CEO

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TORONTO-Ronald Boire, acting president and CEO of Sears Canada, has been appointed permanent president and CEO. Boire had been acting chief of the Canadian department store chain since October, a month after Douglas C. Campbell announced that he had resigned as president and CEO. Prior to joining Sears Canada, Boire was executive vice president andMore »

Last updated: January 26, 2015

Retail Scorecard: Vacuum Cleaners

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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

WithIt 2015 WOW Awards Honored Industry Leaders

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LAS VEGAS-WithIt recently presented its 2015 WOW Awards, which is dedicated to recognizing the accomplishments of women and the companies that support women in the home and furnishings industries. WithIt presented its prestigious Legacy Award to Carolyn Kinder, founder and chief executive of Carolyn Kinder, Inc. for her lifetime contributions to the home furnishings industry.More »

Last updated: January 26, 2015