Umbra Celebrates 35 Years with Design-Hub Store

Umbra Store Toronto

TORONTO-To commemorate its 35th anniversary, Umbra will open its reinvented store on Jan. 22 in the Queen West District here. The Umbra store will serve as a design hub, containing a multimedia studio, meeting space and showroom where customers will be able to shop for innovative home accessories, all created by Umbra’s in-house design team.More »

Last updated: January 15, 2015

Feizy Rebrands Home Collection to Honor its Founder

johnf by Feizy

DALLAS-Feizy rebrands its current Home Collection to honor the legacy of its founder, John Feizy, who founded the company more than four decades ago. Now called john f. by Feizy, the trend-setting line includes powerloomed, handtufted, woven and handknotted constructions, and encompasses more than 500 designs in 82 collections. “We are looking forward to whatMore »

Last updated: January 15, 2015

GE Refrigerator Incorporates Keurig Brewer

GE Cafe Series refrigerator with Keurig K-Cup Brewing System

WATERBURY, Vt.-GE Appliances has introduced a refrigerator that includes a Keurig K-Cup Brewing System in its French door. The new GE Cafe Series refrigerator with Keurig K-Cup Brewing System is an evolution of the appliance maker’s Cafe French door refrigerator’s hot-water dispenser. Dan Goldstein, refrigeration marketing manager for GE Appliances, said two-thirds of consumers queriedMore »

Last updated: January 15, 2015

Electrolux Debuts New Logo to Refresh Brand ID

Electrolux’s new logo

STOCKHOLM-Electrolux has unveiled a new logo as a way of freshening its brand identity and to “engage people in a positive an emotional way,” according to MaryKay Kopf, the company’s chief marketing officer. The new logo presents the Electrolux name in a new color and new font, exclusive to the company, and places greater emphasisMore »

Last updated: January 15, 2015

NRF: Retail Sales Hit Highest Level Since 2011


WASHINGTON-U.S. retail sales during the just-finished holiday season reached $616.1 billion, up 4 percent from the 2013 holidays and the highest level this number has achieved since 2011, according to the National Retail Federation. “Today’s holiday retail sales results are welcome news for our industry and for our economy,” said Matthew Shay, NRF president andMore »

Last updated: January 14, 2015

Dallas Market Opens Today

Dallas Lighting Market Opens Today

DALLAS-Dallas Total Home & Gift Market and Dallas International Lighting Market both open today at the Dallas Market Center, here. Thousands of new items, including lighting, home decor, gourmet and more, will debut. Today, events include a reception at Crystorama (Trade Mart, 3503), from 4-6 p.m., which is celebrating its expanded showroom. Designer Libby LangdonMore »

Last updated: January 14, 2015

Sasser: Dollar Tree at “the End of Our Patience” with Family Dollar

Bob Sasser

CHESAPEAKE, Va.-Dollar Tree will not agree to any more adjournments of Family Dollar’s shareholders vote on its proposed merger with the dollar-store retailer, and has “reached the end of our patience,” according to a letter sent by Bob Sasser, Dollar Tree’s CEO, to Howard Levine, chairman, president and CEO of Family Dollar. In the letter,More »

Last updated: January 14, 2015

Belk Total and Comp Sales Gain for Holidays


CHARLOTTE, N.C.-Regional department store Belk posted an increase of 5.2 percent for total sales during the holiday sales period, plus a pickup of 4.8 percent in same-store sales for the period. The company said in a statement that its sales gains covered the nine-week period ending on Jan. 3. “Holiday sales got off to aMore »

Last updated: January 14, 2015