Opinions

Mitigating Risks in Reductions-In-Force

Brian Rauch

By Brian S. Rauch Reductions-in-force have, unfortunately, become a growing trend in the retail sector. As detailed in last month’s issue of HFN, both Macy’s and J.C. Penney recently announced the elimination of 2,000 or more jobs. Even though they are typically done to improve profitability, reductions-in-force can be costly in terms of declines inMore »

Last updated: March 17, 2014

Blog: Ambiente Takes the Cake

Nicolette Naumann and her team present a cake to Hutschenreuther

FRANKFURT, Germany–Ambiente show owner Messe Frankfurt celebrated longtime anniversaries of several exhibitors with a sweet surprise during the fair, which took place last month. To mark special anniversaries, Nicolette Naumann, vice president Ambiente, and her team presented representatives of 10 companies with unique cakes, whose designs were inspired by the product lines and corporate brandsMore »

Last updated: March 10, 2014

Blog: Lots of Launches in Frankfurt

Ambiente, The Show

FRANKFURT, Germany­-The Ambiente fair continues its run through tomorrow, offering plenty of new product in tabletop and housewares and a backdrop for the launch (or relaunch) of brands here in Frankfurt. Some brands made their debut here, such as Nude, a new division of Turkish glass company Pasabache, which is offering contemporary, design-oriented pieces andMore »

Last updated: February 10, 2014

Blog: HFN at Ambiente

Jersey Pottery Bolero

FRANKFURT, Germany­—Ambiente opened its doors here this morning, and Messe Frankfurt officials are expecting a good show. Board Member Detlef Braun, noting the current economic climate in Germany as positive, said, “The auguries for a successful fair are very good.” The wide expanse of new tabletop product is evident throughout the show. Portmeirion is introducingMore »

Last updated: February 12, 2014

Blog: Nikko Steps Onto the World Stage

Ambient NIKKO

Japanese tabletop maker Nikko will make its debut at its own stand at the Ambiente fair in Frankfurt this week. In past years the company has been a small part of a Japanese government pavilion at the fair, so this is a big step forward. It follows on the heels of the company’s Maison &More »

Last updated: February 5, 2014

Blog: Lots of Shine—and Earthiness—at NY Now

Europe2You

NEW YORK–New product remains front and center at NY Now, which continues here through Feb. 6. Bright colors and bold design held the day at the Imports Decor booth. The company presented collections of ottomans, decorative pillows and quilts, all of which are handmade and all of which were inspired by design influences from IndiaMore »

Last updated: February 4, 2014

Blog: IMC Says Market May Set Attendance Record

Safavieh Thom Filicia

LAS VEGAS–International Market Centers said the winter Las Vegas Market, now in its third day, is poised for record-setting attendance. IMC, the organizers of the show, said this market has ushered in nearly 300 new furniture and home decor brands and 900 new gift lines. Thom Filicia spoke to attendees about his new lighting collectionMore »

Last updated: January 28, 2014