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New and Expanded Gift Showrooms Join Las Vegas Market

Las Vegas Market

LAS VEGAS–A dozen gift and home decor suppliers plan to open or expand showrooms for the Las Vegas Market in January. Four of the newcomers are opening new West Coast corporate showrooms, including gift and collectible producer Precious Moments, on C9;  small appliance maker Jura, as part of the c-ONE cross-category showcase; and Portman StudiosMore »

Last updated: October 17, 2014

Surya to Introduce Custom Rug Program at High Point

Surya

CALHOUN, Ga.–At High Point Market, which begins tomorrow, Surya will unveil a new custom program that will allow delivery of tufted rugs within three weeks. Surya shows in Showplace, space 4100, at High Point Market. Designed for designers and retailers who need rugs quickly, the program will offer eight machine-tufted rug designs, each in 8More »

Last updated: October 17, 2014

Company C Launches New Trade Website, Rebuilt Consumer Website

Company C

CONCORD, N.H.–Company C, the colorful rug and accessories company, has debuted its first partner website as well as relaunched its upgraded main site for consumers. Located at b2b.companyc.com, the new partner website is accessible only to trade partners and designers. It allows 24/7 access to product information such as stock availability, pricing, images, dimensions andMore »

Last updated: October 17, 2014

Gift Association to Raise Funds for Gift for Life

GHTA

NASHVILLE, Tenn.–The Gift and Home Trade Association (GHTA) will hold an auction during its Bridgeway Collaborative conference here next month and donate a portion of the proceeds to Gift for Life, the gift and home industries’ charitable organization. The GHTA’s “Night of Nashville” event will feature dinner, an auction and live entertainment. The silent andMore »

Last updated: October 17, 2014

Walmart Lowers Expectations; to Accelerate E-Commerce Investments

Doug McMillon

BENTONVILLE, Ark.-Walmart lowered its sales forecast, along with announcing an increase in its e-commerce efforts at an investor meeting yesterday. Blaming an overall tough economy, Walmart said that it expects annual sales to increase between 2-3 percent. Previously, Walmart had forecast 3-5 percent growth. Investments in e-commerce and digital initiatives are expected to range betweenMore »

Last updated: October 16, 2014

Shopko Expands Omnichannel Efforts

Shopko

GREEN BAY, Wis.–Shopko has expanded its omnichannel business to provide customers more access to product, including the ability to buy products online and ship them to its stores for free, the retailer said. The program now includes 310 locations across the U.S. “We are excited to launch this program since customers have been asking forMore »

Last updated: October 16, 2014

IHA Consumer Website Launches

Inspired Home

ROSEMONT, Ill.–The International Housewares Association (IHA) has unveiled its new online home resource for consumers, called Inspired Home. Covering a wide range of lifestyle categories, the new site allows consumers to connect directly with the IHA’s member companies and brands. Inspired Home will include DIY tips, home ideas, seasonal recipes and product information across aMore »

Last updated: October 16, 2014

NPD Predicts Delayed Start to Holiday Shopping Season

NPD Group

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.-More consumers plan to wait until Thanksgiving weekend to start their holiday shopping, leading to a delayed start to the shopping season, according to a survey by The NPD Group. According to the 2014 Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey conducted in September, 16 percent of consumers had already started their holiday shopping, versus 15More »

Last updated: October 16, 2014