NEW YORK–Pantone color experts Lee Eiseman and Brooks Tippett will discuss how color can jump-start sales and improve profitability during HFN’s first-ever Webinar, scheduled for June 16 at noon. HFN Editor-in-Chief Warren Shoulberg will moderate the conversation, which is free to qualified members of the home-furnishings industry. Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, … More »
NEW YORK—Same-store sales for the nation’s major retail chains picked up some—but not much—of the momentum they had lost in April. Leading the pack among the chains tracked by HFN was Costco, whose comparable-store sales rose 5 percent last month year over year, excluding gasoline sales (whose inclusion boosted the increase to 7 percent). TJX … More »
TROY, N.C.–Capel Rugs has appointed John Harrison general manager of the company’s import division, reporting to Tami Watras, director of merchandising. Now responsible for the company’s planning and purchasing strategies as well as inventory control and vendor management, he first joined Capel in 1994 as import purchasing manager.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–The New York International Gift Fair has reached an exclusive agreement with WGSN, a style- and trend-forecasting service, which positions the Gift Fair as the sole U.S. home, gift and lifestyle market on the WGSN Advisory Forum. The agreement marks the launch of WGSN-homebuildlife.com, a new trend-forecasting site and product-development tool that will … More »
FRANKFURT, Germany–Scheduled for Aug. 27 to 31, Tendence will offer attendees a range of home furnishings, trends and design in two trade fairs, called Living and Giving. “The Living trade fair caters for the consumers’ new ‘home feeling’ with emotional, exclusive and stylish products, and covers the complete spectrum of products for the home,” said … More »
BENTON HARBOR, Mich.–Whirlpool will close its machining facility here as part of a series of changes in its North American manufacturing operations. The decision to shutter this facility revolves around the company’s launch of new laundry products, according to a Whirlpool statement. These products will be made at the company’s plant in Clyde, Ohio, where … More »
LOS ANGELES–The L.A. Mart Gift Association will host its second annual Prosperity Pep Rally on June 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. The event will bring together 300 gift- and design-industry representatives, manufacturers and retailers, and will allow them to network and share business resources. It will take place at the L.A. Mart here, in … More »
ALEXANDRIA, Va.–U.S. sales of mattresses jumped 11.3 percent on a dollar basis year over year in April, totaling $273.1 million, according to the latest Bedding Barometer report from the International Sleep Products Association. The most recent report is another indication that the mattress industry has turned in a positive direction, after spending much of the … More »