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Personal Care: Groom to Grow

Panasonic

The U.S. personal-care business continues to develop and evolve By David Gill In good and bad economic times, Americans still see the need to look good. This simple fact continues to fuel the market for all electric personal-care products. This market remains strong whether you’re talking about products for hair care or hair removal. ForMore »

Last updated: October 13, 2014

Reports: Amazon to Open First Store in NYC

Amazon

NEW YORK-Amazon.com is set to open its first physical retail location here in Manhattan, at 7 W. 34th St., according to reports from multiple sources, including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Responding to a request for comment from HFN, an Amazon spokesperson said the company has “made no announcements about aMore »

Last updated: October 10, 2014

GoodWeave Founder Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Kailash Satyarthi

OSLO, Norway–Kailash Satyarthi, a decades-long activist for children’s rights and the founder of GoodWeave, has received the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. He shares the award with 17-year-old Malala Yousafzay, who was shot in the head by the Taliban for promoting the right for girls to be educated—and still continuesMore »

Last updated: October 15, 2014

Family Dollar Net Tumbles for Q4, FY

Family Dollar

MATTHEWS, N.C.-With the drama regarding whether Dollar General or Dollar Tree will wind up owning the company, Family Dollar reported steep declines in its net income for both the fourth quarter and fiscal year ending on Aug. 30. Net income for the quarter plummeted by 66.3 percent to $34.5 million, bringing net income for theMore »

Last updated: October 10, 2014

Lou Scala Joins Nambé in Marketing and Sales Role

Lou Scala

SANTA FE, N.M.–Longtime Lenox executive Lou Scala has joined Nambé as its chief marketing officer and executive vice president of sales, effective October 6. Scala will be responsible for directing product development, sales and marketing activities across Nambé’s wholesale, retail and e-commerce channels. He reports to newly named CEO Bill Robedee. Scala was most recentlyMore »

Last updated: October 10, 2014

Therapedic Partners with Tommy Bahama

Therapedic

PRINCETON, N.J.-Therapedic International has signed an exclusive license agreement with Tommy Bahama, the island-inspired lifestyle brand, for a mattress collection that will be unveiled at Las Vegas Market in January. The agreement marks Tommy Bahama’s first venture into mattresses. The brand already appears on home products ranging from bed ensembles to indoor and outdoor furniture,More »

Last updated: October 10, 2014

Josie Natori to Launch Rug Line with Kalaty

Josie Natori

HICKSVILLE, N.Y.–Fashion designer Josie Natori has signed an agreement with Kalaty Rug Corp. to produce a licensed area rug line, which will debut in January at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market and the Las Vegas Market. The initial launch will include around 20 designs in two collections, each which will showcase Natori’s high-fashion philosophyMore »

Last updated: October 10, 2014

Helen of Troy Q2 Net Drops 19.2 Percent

HelenOfTroy

EL PASO, Texas-Flat sales and a spike in expenses cut away 19.2 percent of Helen of Troy’s second-quarter net income, which totaled $18.8 million. Net sales in the quarter, which ended on Aug. 31, were $319.9 million, up a mere 0.1 percent. In a conference call to industry analysts yesterday, Helen of Troy’s chief financialMore »

Last updated: October 10, 2014