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Resolutions for 2014

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By Duke Ratliff With holiday shopping (and selling) in the rearview mirror, home furnishings executives can now focus on the year ahead. Here are a few resolutions for the new year that notable individuals and institutions can make to make it a successful 2014. Walmart’s new leaders Doug McMillon and David Cheesewright should resolve toMore »

Last updated: December 20, 2013

Blog: Cru Founder, Inspiring Women to Make a Difference

CRU dinnerware

Darbie Angell, founder of Cru dinnerware, is on another philanthropic mission. Angell, who works to provide fresh drinking water in Bangladesh and who has produced a dinner plate whose sale benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, is now trying to inspire women to make a difference in the world by helping others. Cru hasMore »

Last updated: November 26, 2013

Blog: Fifty Years Ago at the Trade Mart in Dallas

Dallas Market Center JFK

For many of the 2,600 people that day at the Dallas Market Center’s Trade Mart, it was expected to be a once-in-a-lifetime event—seeing the president of the United States speak in person. Instead, that day would indeed become unforgettable, but for unimaginable reasons. President John F. Kennedy, making his way through downtown Dallas to theMore »

Last updated: November 22, 2013

Blog: Sweater Mug Sensation

Yedi’s Sweater Mugs

Yedi Houseware’s Sweater Mugs have grabbed the consumer media spotlight. The mugs made Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list in the December issue of The Oprah Magazine; the “Secret Sales” portion of New York’s local ABC Eyewitness News program; and Good Morning America’s “Deals and Steals” program. The mugs were also featured on a recent episode ofMore »

Last updated: November 20, 2013

The Menurkey: A Menorah for Thanksgiving

The Menurkey

A nine-year-old boy’s idea, a once-in-a-lifetime event and a Kickstarter campaign has led to the availability of the Menurkey, a Hanukkah menorah shaped like a Thanksgiving turkey. Conceived by New York City kid Asher Weintraub, the Menurkey celebrates this year’s rare occurrence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving overlapping. Weintraub felt the Menurkey would resonate as bothMore »

Last updated: November 11, 2013

“Bay-zos,” not “Bee-zos”

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By Duke Ratliff It’s interesting how Amazon is easily the most influential retailer since Walmart and most of us don’t even know how to pronounce the founder’s name. Yes, it’s “Bay-zos” instead of “Bee-zos,” according to the recently published book “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,” by Brad Stone. The public’sMore »

Last updated: November 1, 2013

A Lesson in Retail

Michael Gould

Last week brought the announcement that Michael Gould will step down as head of Bloomingdale’s this coming February. Gould is preparing to leave the scene at a time when the business world is wondering whether two other iconic retailers, J.C. Penney and Sears, will survive. The two chains have taken different routes to get toMore »

Last updated: November 4, 2013