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Candle Association Elects Officers

NCA

WASHINGTON–The National Candle Association elected its officers and board of directors for the upcoming year during its members meeting in Louisville, Ky., last month, in conjunction with the Association’s Annual Conference & Expo. Nancy J. Sedlar of S.C. Johnson & Son will serve as the association’s president for the 2014-2015 term. Rick Langley of Langley/EmpireMore »

Retail Imports Surge as Contract Talks Continue

Retail Import Cargo

WASHINGTON-With talks about a new contract between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association ongoing, imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are on an accelerating pace, according to the latest Global Tracker Report from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. This month, the report projected, the ports areMore »

Zak Offers Tiny Baking Sets for Tiny Chefs

Let’s Make Cookies! set

SPOKANE, Wash.–Zak Designs has developed Tiny Chefs Activity Sets so that kids can polish their culinary skills with products that are made specifically for them. The four different baking sets are designed to help kids create some of their favorite treats. The Let’s Make Cupcakes! set features a small whisk for stirring batter, a spatulaMore »

Container Store Slims Q1 Loss

Container Store

COPPELL, Texas-The Container Store posted a first-quarter net loss of $3.6 million, compared to a net loss from last year’s first quarter of $4.8 million. The specialty retailer was able to lighten its red ink partly through a gain of 8.6 percent in net sales, which totaled $173.4 million. Although sales rose, Kip Tindell, TheMore »

Egli Appointed to Casual Market Buyer Relations Post

Debra Egli

CHICAGO–Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. has expanded its Casual Market team with the appointment of Debra Egli as buyer relations manager. In this new position, Egli will focus on attracting key retailers, catalogs and e-tailers from across the country to The International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market, which takes place in September. She will also focusMore »

Abbyson Tabs Cheng to Head Asian Operations

Abbyson Living

LOS ANGELES-Michael Cheng has been named director of Asian operations for Abbyson Living. In this newly created position, Cheng is responsible for product development, quality control, manufacturing and internal product handling across Abbyson’s Asian facilities. He reports to Rodd Rafieha, vice president of sales and marketing. Before joining Abbyson, Cheng worked for Kuka Home FurnitureMore »

The American Made Show Joins Dallas Gift Market

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DALLAS-The American Made Show, a wholesale market for handcrafted products from American and Canadian artists, will debut in Dallas as part of the Total Home & Gift Market next summer, under a new partnership between Dallas Market Center and the producers of the American Made Show. The American Made Show to be held in DallasMore »

Wayfair Allies with HGTV on Program Integration

Wayfair.com

BOSTON-Wayfair has reached an agreement with HGTV for program integration on some of the home network’s shows, including “Brother vs. Brother” and “Flipping the Block.” According to a joint statement from the two companies, this integration is part of a broader partnership that unites HGTV’s home-design programming with the home-goods selection on wayfair.com. Through thisMore »