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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

Risk Management 101: Insure and Protect (Part 2)

Kristi A. Davidson

By Kristi Davidson In November, we introduced the concept of product liability, explaining that anyone in the design, manufacturing or distribution chain is exposed to the risk of liability for design defects, manufacturing or production flaws, or inadequate warnings. In December, we considered one way to shift this risk to others in that stream. ThisMore »

Last updated: December 20, 2013

Risk Management 101: The Power of Indemnification (Part 1)

Kristi A. Davidson

By Kristi A. Davidson Last month’s article introduced ways to manage the risk of product liability through the design, manufacturing and distribution process. This month, let’s consider one way to shift the risk of product liability: contractual indemnity provisions. “Indemnity is a contract by which one engages to save another from the legal consequence ofMore »

Last updated: December 4, 2013

(Selling) Home for the Holidays

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If the consumer press was any indication, the universe almost ended. More precisely, the civilized world as we know it could have come to a crashing halt on Thanksgiving Day. That’s when the Scrooge-like retailers such as … well, pretty much every single retailer of note—opened for business. Macy’s suffered an unfair share of theMore »

Last updated: December 20, 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

History in the Making

Duke Ratliff

I have to admit I was struck ever so slightly by a touch of anxiety when Iconix’s Carolyn D’Angelo asked me to address her Introduction to Home Products class at the Fashion Institute of Technology last month. What could I tell a classroom full of young, fashion-savvy New Yorkers? I don’t even know if itsMore »

Last updated: October 24, 2013

The Social Media Buffet Continues to Draw a Crowd

Kristi A. Davidson

By Kristi A. Davidson Thanks to an explosion of social-media sites, the world now seems smaller than ever. What started as a way to keep in touch or to reconnect with friends, colleagues and relatives has evolved into a critical business tool. If you and your company are not actively using social-media sites, then chancesMore »

Last updated: October 11, 2013