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In Frankfurt, Exhibitors Relish The World Stage

In Frankfurt, Exhibitors Relish The World Stage

By Allison Zisko Ambiente’s global reach, the window it provides into other cultures and cuisines, and its reputation as a trend incubator have cemented its position as one of the most important international shows for tabletop and housewares executives. The trade fair, which takes place in Frankfurt, Germany Feb. 11-15, has grown as an internationalMore »

Bug Mania

Bug Mania

By David Gill Bed bugs have become a major health crisis in some American cities, and not surprisingly consumers are looking for solutions. Infestations have been reported in various media, in marquee locations such as the Empire State Building, and unexpected places such as the Cincinnati Public Library. Aside from the nation’s bedrooms, they haveMore »

Outdoor Lifestyle

Outdoor Lifestyle

Consumers are focusing on their outdoor spaces with the same attention that they have been giving to their indoor rooms. Indeed, with many new decor products available specifically for the outdoors—or, in some cases, intended for either indoors or outdoors—the outdoor “room” has become just as important in terms of decor as the living room,More »

Stone to Retire from Lowe’s

Stone to Retire from Lowe’s

MOORESVILLE, N.C.–Larry D. Stone, president and chief operating officer of Lowe’s, will retire on June 2. In his more than four-decade career with the home-improvement retailer, Stone served in a variety of executive posts in store operations, merchandising and store environment. A Lowe’s statement said the company will not fill his positions after his retirement.More »

Trendex Relocates Showroom to 230 Fifth Avenue

Trendex Relocates Showroom to 230 Fifth Avenue

SAINT-LAURENT, Canada–Trendex Home Designs will move to a new showroom in 230 Fifth Avenue., in time for the March New York Home Fashions Market. The new space is in room 1002. Previously, Trendex’s New York showroom was in room 1103 of 295 Fifth Avenue. A company statement said the new showroom  measures 1,967 square feet,More »

Protect-A-Bed Debuts Potty-Training Contest

Protect-A-Bed Debuts Potty-Training Contest

CHICAGO–Protect-A-Bed has launched a contest in which consumers can provide their best and proven tactics for potty training on its Facebook page. The company has invited consumers to share their potty-training stories on facebook.com/ProtectABed, for a chance to win mattress-protection products. The grand-prize winner will receive a mattress-protection prize pack for the entire household, upMore »

A Breath of Fresh Air In the Windy City

A Breath of Fresh Air  In the  Windy City

By Allison Zisko Recent labor law Changes at McCormick Place in Chicago should make it significantly cheaper to exhibit at the International Home & Housewares Show next month, but a significant side benefit of the reform legislation, according to some vendors, may be peace of mind. Frustration with union work rules and fear of retaliationMore »

Gift Business Builds Momentum in Atlanta

Gift Business Builds Momentum in Atlanta

By Sharyn Bernard  Exhibitors at the International Gift and Home Furnishings Show here last month were pleased that recent positive signs at retail had translated into a successful show. Although some buyers – and some samples – didn’t make it to the show at the very start due to a city-crippling ice and snow storm,More »