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NRF Urges House GOP to Support Job Creation

NRF Urges House GOP to Support Job Creation

WASHINGTON–The National Retail Federation has told Republican Party leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives that the U.S. Congress must pass legislation to encourage job creation. Matt Shay, NRF’s president and chief executive officer, was among executives from a number of business associations who met with John Boehner, R-Ohio and the House minority leader, inMore »

Seminars Slated for Las Vegas Trade Shows

Seminars Slated for Las Vegas Trade Shows

LAS VEGAS–A number of seminar series have been scheduled for the upcoming Las Vegas Market, Gift + Home and Vegas Kids trade shows, all of which will take place from Aug. 2-6. The seminars are grouped into the Vegas Kids Series, the Trend Series, the Design Series, the Gift + Home Series, the One GoodMore »

Electrolux Net Jumps 54 Percent in Second Quarter

Electrolux Net Jumps 54 Percent in Second Quarter

STOCKHOLM–Net income for Electrolux increased 54 percent in the second quarter, totaling $131.1 million. The global appliance manufacturer managed to improve its profit thanks to reduced production costs, a 2.8 percent rise in net sales to $3.5 billion and increased profitability from all of its business areas, according to a statement from Hans Straberg, presidentMore »

Umbra Names Finalists for YouDesign

Umbra Names Finalists for YouDesign

TORONTO, Ont.–Umbra has named the three finalists for its YouDesign competition: Cupcake Tier, Bear Can and Mon Faux Foyer. The finalists will receive an invitation to Umbra’s 30 Year Anniversary celebration—including airfare and two night accommodations next month. The YouDesign contest invited consumers to exhibit how they used Umbra products creatively in their spaces. AMore »

Finalists Named for Gift For Life/NYIGF Design Competition

Finalists Named for Gift For Life/NYIGF Design Competition

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—Finalists have been selected in the first Gift For Life / New York International Gift Fair Product Design Competition, with nine prototypes vying for “Peoples’ Choice” and “Designer Distinction” Awards at the Gift Fair, Aug. 14-19. Themed “Make Change,” the inaugural design competition required established and emerging designers to reinvent the iconic piggyMore »

Trend Forecasters Slated for Las Vegas Market

Trend Forecasters Slated for Las Vegas Market

LAS VEGAS—The upcoming Las Vegas Market will include a series of seminars from noted trend forecasters throughout the week of the market, Aug. 2-6. On Aug. 2 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Julie Smith Vincenti, president and manager of Nine Muses Media, will discuss trends and preview some of the products to be seen atMore »

Designer Thomas to Keynote Casual Furniture Market

Designer Thomas to Keynote Casual Furniture Market

CHICAGO—Roger Thomas, executive vice president of design for Wynn Design and Development, will deliver the keynote presentation at the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market in September. Thomas, who created the interiors of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, will showcase his hotel design work and discuss his philosophy and approach toMore »

WHFA, NHFA to Hold Sessions at Las Vegas Market

WHFA, NHFA to Hold Sessions at Las Vegas Market

LAS VEGAS–The Western Home Furnishings Association (WHFA) and the National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA) have joined to offer a schedule of educational seminars during Las Vegas Market next month. Among the sessions that are planned for this series are “The 12 Rs of Retail Selling,” conducted by Philip Gutsell of GutSELL & Associates, from 9More »