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Bopp Out at Crate and Barrel

Sascha Bopp

NORTHBROOK, Ill.-Sascha Bopp has resigned as CEO of Crate and Barrel. Adrian Mitchell, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, has assumed interim leadership of the specialty retailer. A search has already begun for a permanent CEO, according to a Crate and Barrel statement. Bopp joined Crate and Barrel in 2009 as chief operating officer.More »

Updates to Walmart.com—More to Come

walmart.com

BENTONVILLE, Ark.-The walmart.com site will be getting some “substantial updates” over the next few months, according to Ben Galbraith, vice president of global products for Walmart global e-commerce. In a story posted on the site, Galbraith detailed the changes already made to the site, along with the changes to come. “We’ve revised the site fromMore »

Aaron’s Allen to Retire

Ron Allen

ATLANTA-Ron Allen, CEO of Aaron’s, will retire on Aug. 31. On that date, the 72-year-old Allen will also leave his post on the retailer’s board of directors. The board has retained Spencer Stuart, an executive recruiting firm, to assist in the search for Allen’s successor. According to an Aaron’s statement, “The search process will includeMore »

WestPoint Has Break-Even Q2

WestPoint

NEW YORK-WestPoint Home posted a break-even second quarter, the first time it has not posted a quarterly loss for some years, compared to a net loss of $3 million in last year’s second quarter. Net sales in the quarter, which ended on June 30, totaled $46 million, a decrease of 8 percent. However, gross marginMore »

Tech Lighting, LBL Lighting Promote Sargeant to VP

Tom Sargeant

SKOKIE, Ill.–Tom Sargeant has been named vice president of new product development for Generation Brands’ Tech Lighting and LBL Lighting. He previously held the title of director of new product development for three years. In his new role, he’ll work on product extensions for both brands and determine future category expansions in the decorative andMore »

NPD: Sales of Women’s Grooming Products Up

NPD Group

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.-More women’s grooming appliances, such as electric shavers and other hair-removal products, have been sold over the 12 months between July 2013 and June of this year than in the previous two years, according to new research from The NPD Group. In particular, women’s electric shavers posted a unit sales increase of 22More »

Lunch & Learn at Tupelo Market

Tupelo

ROSEVILLE, Calif.- The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA), the Tupelo Furniture Market and the Southeastern Home Furnishings Association (SEHFA) are sponsoring Lunch & Learn seminars during the Tupelo Furniture Market, Aug. 14-16, featuring John McCloskey and John Egger of Profitability Consulting Group. The NAHFA/SEHFA booth will be located in Building 6, Booth #6037. MarketMore »