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

Surya Receives Best Of Houzz Award for Second Straight Year


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

Trend Lab Taupe Logo

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

Ronald Boire

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


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

Carolyn Kinder

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

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

TD Bank Teams with Mor Furniture for Less


MAHWAH, N.J.-TD Bank said it has signed a multi-year agreement to provide a new branded private label credit card program for Mor Furniture for Less, the San Diego-based retailer. The card will launch this month at the chain’s 29 full-line furniture stores and its online business. TD’s Retail Card Services division will direct all facetsMore »

Last updated: January 26, 2015