Target to Exit Canada


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


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

Las Vegas Market

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

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