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Dallas Market: Designs Go Clean and Simple, LED Goes Mainstream

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DALLAS-Clean and simple were the two buzzwords at the Dallas International Lighting Market—followed by three letters: LED. While getting rid of overly ornamental elements is not new, this market emphasized simple details and shapes to create statement pieces. LED has become a more mature category, expanding its reach into more mainstream looks, not only contemporary.More »

Last updated: January 16, 2015

Atlanta Gift Market Posts Record Order Volume

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ATLANTA-Exhibitors at the just-completed Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market reported their highest volume of buying since 2007, according to a statement from AmericasMart, where the show took place. The statement described order writing as “fast and furious” in just about all the product categories. The heightened activity was “propelled by surging retailer optimismMore »

Last updated: January 16, 2015

Housewares Show Sold Out

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ROSEMONT, Ill.-The 2015 International Home + Housewares Show sold out in late December, more than 10 weeks before opening day, according to the International Housewares Association, the show’s owner and operator. The show begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, and closes at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10. “This is the earliest theMore »

Last updated: January 16, 2015

NY Now Announces Eco Choice Award Winners

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.-Three products exhibiting at NY Now later this month have won Eco Choice Awards. Two fair-trade companies importing from Mexico and India—Tilonia (for Xaquixe Glass Carboy and Glasses) and Sustainable Threads (for a cruelty-free, organic silk throw)—are winners of most sensitive use of materials and most saleable categories respectively, while Massachusetts-based Look AtMore »

Last updated: January 16, 2015

Bloomingdale’s Laneve to Retire; Leppo to Succeed

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NEW YORK-Joe Laneve, Bloomingdale’s executive vice president/GMM of home, announced plans to retire in a few weeks, after 21 years with the retailer. Following Laneve’s departure on Feb. 28, Dan Leppo, current senior vice president for the metro region, will be promoted to senior vice president/GMM of home, reporting to Tony Spring, Bloomingdale’s chairman andMore »

Last updated: January 15, 2015

Target to Exit Canada

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MINNEAPOLIS-Less than two years after opening its first stores north of the border, Target said it would pull out of the Canadian market, in which it now has 133 stores. In a company statement, Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO, said, “After a thorough review of our Canadian performance and careful consideration of the implications ofMore »

Last updated: January 15, 2015

NRF Urges Obama to Address Retail Priorities

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WASHINGTON-President Barack Obama should resolve key issues affecting retailers in the remaining two years of his term, according to the National Retail Federation. In a letter to the president, Matthew Shay, NRF’s president and CEO, said, “As you prepare to deliver State of the Union address, a number of key priorities for the retail industry—and,More »

Last updated: January 15, 2015

Las Vegas Market Names Global Goodness Winners

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LAS VEGAS–Las Vegas Market announced that five home decor, furniture and gift firms—CleanBrands, Glory Haus, Phillips Collection, Samantha Davimes and Swahili Imports—have been selected as winners of the fourth semi-annual Global Goodness Awards, recognizing furniture, gift and home decor companies for environmentally friendly, sustainable and socially responsible activities. The Global Goodness Awards will be presentedMore »

Last updated: January 15, 2015