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New York Tabletop Show Ends on High Note

New York Tabletop Show Ends on High Note

NEW YORK –Pleased with the results of last week’s Tabletop Show here, most vendors nonetheless talked about the need for more long-term planning and increased flexibility with their retail partners as a way to counteract the rising costs of doing business. Prices are going up (one vendor estimated an initial rise of 5 to 25More »

Company C Promotes Ferrer

Company C Promotes Ferrer

Concord, NH–Rug maker Company C has promoted Marybeth Ferrer to national sales director. Ferrer will lead the independent sales force, working closely alongside the internal sales leader and customer service department, as well as oversee communication and transactions with Company C’s national dealers and sales representatives. Ferrer previously served as sales representative and key accountsMore »

Portmeirion Introduces Lolita Ceramics

Portmeirion Introduces Lolita Ceramics

NEW YORK–Portmeirion introduced a licensed collection of Lolita ceramic giftware at the New York Tabletop Show last week. Lolita is known for its handpainted whimsical glassware that depicts fun moments in a women’s life, such as time out with friends. “We decided to work with Portmeirion because of their fine reputation and understanding of theMore »

Gift Fair to Expand for Winter Show

Gift Fair to Expand for Winter Show

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—The winter edition of the New York International Gift Fair will feature expansions with new divisions and the continued refinement of existing categories, as part of the first phase of a three-year strategic reorganization of the show. Among the highlights of the winter show, according to a statement from GLM, owner and managerMore »

IHA to Offer New Merchandising Services

IHA to Offer New Merchandising Services

ROSEMONT, Ill.—The International Housewares Association has teamed up with Lawrence Merchandising, a national merchandising service organization, and NextLife/MVR, a provider of environmental innovation services, to offer new services to the association’s members. As part of this arrangement, Lawrence Merchandising will provide IHA members with discounts on retail merchandising services such as displays, new-product cut-ins, ongoingMore »

Tabletops Unlimited Revamps Tabletops Gallery Brand

Tabletops Unlimited Revamps Tabletops Gallery Brand

CARSON, Calif.–Tabletops Unlimited has rebranded its main dinnerware brand, Tabletops Gallery. Its logo and packaging have been redesigned to be more inviting and a better fit for consumer needs and tastes. The new packaging has a crisp contemporary look that is product-centric and designed to self-sell. With bold white and red colors, large fonts andMore »

Pantone Introduces Device to Measure and Match Color

Pantone Introduces Device to Measure and Match Color

CARLSTADT, N.J.—Pantone has launched Capsure, a handheld and portable device that allows designers, contractors, paint retailers and do-it-yourselfers to measure and match colors from a variety of surfaces. Being released today, the trademarked product can be used in fashion; home furnishings; and interior, industrial and graphic design. It employs advanced three-dimensional image-capture technology that eliminatesMore »

Retail Sales Edge Up in September

Retail Sales Edge Up in September

WASHINGTON—U.S. retail sales continued their upward climb toward recovery in September, totaling $367.7 billion, up 0.6 percent from August and 7.3 percent higher than in September 2009, according to this morning’s retail-sales report from the U.S. Census Bureau. September’s sales pickup followed a 0.7 percent month-over-month gain in August, a figured that was revised upwardMore »