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Blog: Happy Holidays from Amazon

Duke Ratliff

Like getting a pink slip during the holidays or a lump of coal in the stocking, retailers must be feeling that Amazon is giving them a not-so-fine present this season as the nation’s largest online retailer announced today that it is testing a one-hour delivery service in Manhattan. Called Prime Now, the service promises toMore »

Last updated: December 19, 2014

Blog: Ma Lauded, Lampert Dissed

David Gill

HANOVER, N.H.-This year’s list of best and worst CEOs has come out, with Jack Ma of Alibaba finishing on the positive side and Eddie Lampert of Sears Holdings among the negatives. The two lists are provided each year by Sydney Finkelstein, professor of management at Dartmouth University’s Tuck School of Business and author of “ThinkMore »

Last updated: December 19, 2014

Physical Graffiti

Warren Shoulberg

There’s a big reason why the Internet has come along and so easily taken 10 – maybe 20 – percent of overall retail sales in many individual product categories, including a whole bunch in home. Because traditional in-store retailers let them. You can offer all sorts of reasons why online has been so successful andMore »

Last updated: December 16, 2014

Show and Tell

Housewares Show to Stay in Chicago

The trade show calendar begins with a bang in January as retailers have lots of opportunities to look for the next big thing. Here is HFN’s Trade Show Preview for the first half of the year.­—HFN Staff Report JANUARY Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market Jan. 6-13 Atlanta International Area Rug Market Jan. 7-10 americasmart.com ForMore »

Last updated: December 2, 2014

Raging Bulls

Duke Ratliff

Ladies and gentlemen, in the blue corner, hailing from Seattle—American champion online retailer Jeff Bezos of Amazon. In the red corner, traveling all the way from Hangzhou, China—Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba. This future heavyweight retail contest of epic proportions is not farfetched, at least not for the distant future, as Ma flexes his musclesMore »

Last updated: December 2, 2014

Blog: Grand Finale

Mark Grand

Yesterday was an occasion in which the textiles industry honored a person whose coming departure will make the business quite a bit poorer, and a lot less fun. Mark Grand, who will retire as of president of Peking Handicrafts at the end of this year, received the Carl Goldstein Lifetime Achievement Award from the HomeMore »

Last updated: November 14, 2014

Fourth Quarter Touchdown?

Duke_Ratliff

By Duke Ratliff As I’ve mentioned here before, HFN has an editorial policy prohibiting the phrase “cautiously optimistic.” The phrase is such a perfect description for our recent, cautiously optimistic times that it could’ve been used way too often to describe far too many things: Retailers were cautiously optimistic heading to trade shows; vendors wereMore »

Last updated: November 13, 2014

Blog: More New York Tabletop Show Discoveries

Spode Home

NEW YORK-The New York Tabletop Show ends today, wrapping up what several vendors said has been a satisfying show. Gibson outlined some of what it considers the key trends going forward: Au Naturel, a catch-all phrase for handcrafted pottery looks that display the hand of the artist; black and white; global blue (the key hueMore »

Last updated: October 24, 2014