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Picture Source Names Marks Chief Visionary Officer

Julia Marks

SEATTLE-Picture Source named Julia Marks chief visionary officer, a new position within the company. Marks will set the company’s strategic and creative course, and oversee general operations. She originally joined Picture Source in 2003 as an art consultant specializing in hospitality sales. Her most recent work for the company included sales management, marketing, mentoring, productMore »

Last updated: October 10, 2014

Jack Johnson Joins Bramble Company

Bramble Co

BRODHEAD, Wisc.- Bramble Company, a furniture company, appointed Jack Johnson to the newly created role of vice president of sales and marketing. Johnson will report directly to owner and founder Robert Bramble and will assume responsibility for Bramble’s sales and marketing initiatives. “We’re thrilled Jack has joined our organization,” Bramble said. “He brings a wealthMore »

Last updated: October 10, 2014

NRF: Retail Imports Will Set Record in October

NRF

WASHINGTON-Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is projected to set a new monthly record in October, as retailers make a push to get inventory on their shelves for the holidays, according to the most recent Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. Import volume at theMore »

Last updated: October 10, 2014

Registration is Open for Winter 2015 Las Vegas Market

Las Vegas Market

LAS VEGAS-Registration for the upcoming Winter Las Vegas Market, running from Sunday, Jan. 18 through Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, is now open at www.lasvegasmarket.com/register. Pre-registration ensures attendees will receive their badges in the mail before market. “Building on the momentum of the strongest market in our history, Winter Las Vegas Market brings even more resourcesMore »

Last updated: October 10, 2014

J.C. Penney to Intensify Promotions in Home

Liz Sweney

NEW YORK-Having restored promotions with its relaunch of its home business in March, J.C. Penney will ramp up promotions in home going forward, company executives said at yesterday’s meeting with financial analysts. Restoring and accelerating promotions are major parts of the retailer’s effort to realize the opportunity to increase home-department sales by $750 million overMore »

Last updated: October 9, 2014

Surya Partners with DwellStudio on New Line of Rugs

Surya Dwell

CALHOUN, Ga.–The modern, graphic design house DwellStudio has teamed up with Surya to launch a licensed line of rugs at the upcoming High Point Market. The inaugural line will complement DwellStudio’s design aesthetic and feature clean, graphic lines and rich texture in a sophisticated color palette. They include: Ludlow and Thompson, two handknotted collections thatMore »

Last updated: October 9, 2014

55 Downing Street Launches Catalog

55 Downing Street

CHATSWORTH, Calif.–55 Downing Street—the home furnishings e-commerce site from Lamps Plus—has debuted its first catalog, allowing both existing and potential consumers a print version of its offerings. This catalog was the next step in the marketing plan for 55 Downing Street, Dennis Swanson, CEO, told HFN. “Though the catalog was designed to reach a broaderMore »

Last updated: October 9, 2014

ICSC: Holiday Sales to Rise 4 Percent

Holiday Shoppers Out in Force This Past Weekend

NEW YORK-In a forecast similar to one released by the National Retail Federation on Tuesday, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) said it expects U.S. retail sales during the November-December shopping period to increase by 4 percent. If achieved, this increase would be the strongest gain in three years, ICSC said. The council estimatedMore »

Last updated: October 9, 2014