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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

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

Dan Leppo

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