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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

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

Duke_Ratliff

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

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