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Nominees Announced for NAHFA Retailer of Year Award

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ROSEVILLE, Calif.-The North American Home Furnishings Association has announced 15 nominees for its 2015 Retailer of the Year award, which celebrates the outstanding achievements and progressive leadership of the nation’s home furnishings retailers. NAHFA members in good standing were nominated by members of the home furnishings industry based on their exemplary service to the industryMore »

Last updated: January 19, 2015

Retail Scorecard: Small Appliances

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NEW YORK-In the Dillard’s circular last week, a number of items were offered at permanently reduced prices. These included the Hurom Slow Juicer, reduced to $245.99 from $299.99; the KitchenAid Onyx Black 13-Cup Food processor and the KitchenAid Contour Silver 13-Cup Food Processor with Exact Slice, both reduced from $199.99 to $163.99; The Krups JuiceMore »

Last updated: January 19, 2015

NRF Forms Patent Reform Group

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WASHINGTON-The National Retail Federation has created United for Patent Reform, a coalition of retailer and technology organizations, whose mission is to fight against what are known as “patent trolls.” As defined in an NRF statement, patent trolls are companies that buy “overly obscure, general or vague patents with the sole purpose of extracting licensing arrangementsMore »

Last updated: January 19, 2015

Target: Home a Key to U.S. Growth

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MINNEAPOLIS-With the decision made to close its Canadian operation, Target will put its resources toward driving growth in its U.S. stores and online—an effort in which the home department should play a big part, according to Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell. Speaking yesterday on a conference call to financial analysts, Cornell mentioned home as aMore »

Last updated: January 16, 2015

Home Depot Names Menear Chairman

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ATLANTA-Craig Menear, The Home Depot’s president and CEO, has been elected chairman of the home improvement retailer, succeeding the retiring Frank Blake. Menear will assume his new role on Feb. 2. A 17-year Home Depot veteran, he was named president and CEO in November. A company statement said Menear is the first merchant to beMore »

Last updated: January 16, 2015

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