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Risk Management 101: Protecting Intellectual Property (Part 1)

Kristi A. Davidson

In this continuing series on risk management, we have considered the basics of products liability and shifting that risk through either an indemnification agreement or insurance. But products liability is not your only risk. How can you protect against (or seek compensation for) other risks, such as the loss or misuse of your intellectual property?More »

Last updated: January 22, 2014

Blog: From Donny to Downton, a Grumpy Cat to “Cliff”: Celebrity Happenings in Atlanta

GrumpyCat_mat

The new year kicked off in Atlanta last week—and the International Gift & Home Furnishings Market itself had plenty of celebrity buzz. Music icon Donny Osmond and his wife Debbie talked to HFN about purple socks, Weird Al Yankovic—and Donny Osmond’s new home collection. Having launched products with 11 manufacturing partners in Atlanta—from floor fansMore »

Last updated: January 21, 2014

The Newest Lighting Shines in Dallas

Feiss LED

DALLAS—A positive vibe infused the Dallas Market Center on the second day of the Dallas International Lighting Market yesterday. Touches of sparkle, more LED and nature influences were among what was seen among the introductions. Many companies expanded their existing LED lines, including LBL. Half of its introductions this market used LEDs, said Brian Klein,More »

Last updated: January 22, 2014

Blog: Kudos to HGTV Home

Duke_Ratliff

Hats off to HGTV HOME. Earlier this week, the consumer products arm of the much-trusted television network announced that it is launching a baby furniture collection. The collection, to be exclusively sold in 86 buybuy BABY stores, is just the latest in a flurry of licensing activity. Before the holidays, HGTV Home partnered with DreamsMore »

Last updated: January 15, 2014

BLOG: Rug Introductions Continue to Roll Out in Atlanta

Dynamic

ATLANTA–The introductions continued to roll out at the Atlanta International Area Rug Show, from indoor/outdoor rugs to handknotteds. Dalyn crossed custom with stock for its new Above & Beyond brand, which has customized colors and designs “but packaged in a way that makes it easy,” said Bryan McIntosh, director of marketing. “It’s more streamlined. TheMore »

Last updated: January 10, 2014

Blog: Atlanta Rug Market Wraps Up Day One

Capel’s Infinity, left, and Aspen

ATLANTA-More is more in Atlanta, as rug companies debuted their first introductions of the year at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market. New and expanding licensed collections were prominently featured, and color and texture continued their reign. Some companies also debuted new categories. In its new showroom, Kas officially launched its pillow and pouf category,More »

Last updated: January 9, 2014

Resolutions for 2014

Duke_Ratliff

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