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New North Carolina Export Consortium to Debut Showroom in January

New North Carolina Export Consortium to Debut Showroom in January

By Andrea Lillo With the continuing troubled economy here at home, a new manufacturers’ consortium headed by Capel’s Bud Young looks to help expand U.S. manufacturers’ business outside the border. Called the North Carolina Furniture Export Consortium, the group of mostly North Carolina companies covers a number of complementary categories, including case goods, lighting, rugs,More »

Reports: Ikea to Sell Second-Hand Furniture

Reports: Ikea to Sell Second-Hand Furniture

KRONOBERG, Sweden—Known for its affordable furniture and accessories, Ikea has begun to sell used as well as new furniture, according to online reports. This week, the retailer began selling second-hand Ikea products online in Sweden, with the intention of extending the program to other foreign outlets. “It is about taking an environmental responsibility for howMore »

Gibson Adds Execs

Gibson Adds Execs

COMMERCE, Calif.—Gibson USA announced executive hirings, all to fill new positions. The company added in a press release that it is enjoying double-digit sales increases this year. Dewey Kendall joins the company as product development business manager, national accounts. Kendall  has over 15 years of experience, including a stint with Hallmark Cards. Kevin Cronyn hasMore »

Crown Crafts, Project Nursery Partner on Nursery Bedding

Crown Crafts, Project Nursery Partner on Nursery Bedding

COMPTON, Calif.—Crown Crafts’ Infant Products subsidiary has formed an alliance with Project Nursery to provide consumers with information on Crown Crafts’ NoJo brand of nursery bedding. This tie-in will channel facts on the NoJo brand to parents through Project Nursery’s “vast online forum” of lifestyle ideas, tips and information, according to a statement issued byMore »

Chains Post Gains in Same-Store Sales

Chains Post Gains in Same-Store Sales

NEW YORK–The major U.S. retail chains registered a generally positive August in terms of their same-store sales. The largest increases came from the department-store channel. Kohl’s led the way with a pickup of 4.5 percent in same-store sales, followed by Macy’s at 4.3 percent. J.C. Penney finished August with a 0.8 percent increase, while Dillard’sMore »

Pier 1 Sales Rise 8 Percent in Second Quarter

Pier 1 Sales Rise 8 Percent in Second Quarter

FORT WORTH, Texas–Second-quarter net sales for Pier 1 Imports increased 8 percent to $310 million, according to a preliminary report on the quarter from the specialty retailer. The sales gain included same-store sales growth of 11.2 percent. Alex Smith, Pier 1’s president and chief executive officer, said August was a particularly strong month for theMore »

Warren Shoulberg Blog: Shanghaied

Warren Shoulberg Blog: Shanghaied

To most people in the home business, China is either too close or too far with very little in between. Too close to the people who go to China so often on sourcing trips that they become oblivious to the fact that they are in a very different country, one totally apart from the oneMore »

Whirlpool to Build New Tennessee Plant for Premium Cooking Products

Whirlpool to Build New Tennessee Plant for Premium Cooking Products

BENTON HARBOR, Mich.–Whirlpool plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Cleveland, Tenn., to produce premium cooking products. Measuring about 1 million square feet, the new factory will replace the existing, 100-year-old plant already in that community and will produce premium ranges, cooktops and ovens. The project will also include a distribution center measuring 400,000More »