Housewares

Shark Number One in J.D. Power Vac Study

Shark

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.-Euro-Pro’s Shark brand ranked highest in customer satisfaction in canister and upright vacuums in J.D. Power’s 2014 Vacuum Satisfaction Study. Now in its third year, the study measures satisfaction with upright and canister vacuums based on six criteria: performance, ease of use, features, styling and appearance, price and warranty. The brands are awardedMore »

J.C. Penney Launches Gibson’s Simplemente Delicioso Program

Ingrid Hoffmann shows off the comal pan.

COMMERCE, Calif.–J.C. Penney has placed Gibson’s recently launched Simplemente Delicioso housewares program in its stores throughout the country. The extensive collection of cookware, gadgets and tabletop is the result of a license agreement with Hispanic media giant Univision and was created in collaboration with chef and cookbook author Ingrid Hoffmann, who stars in a UnivisionMore »

Brian Melzer Named President of Epoca

Brian Melzer

BOCA RATON, Fla.–Epoca International has promoted Brian Melzer, who has served as executive vice president, to president. Steven Melzer, Brian’s father, has been the president and CEO since he founded the company in 1991. He will remain as CEO. This is a natural transition for the family-owned business that markets an array of beverage preparationMore »

Newell Rubbermaid Debuts Design Center

Newell Rubbermaid

ATLANTA-Newell Rubbermaid has opened a design center in Kalamazoo, Mich., in its effort to present itself as a design- and innovation-led company. The 40,000-square-foot facility includes a studio space in which designers can use software tools, immersion laboratories for each of the company’s business segments and a usability laboratory, in which the company’s recently createdMore »

EveryWare Posts Q1 Loss; Suspends North American Manufacturing

EveryWare Global

LANCASTER, Ohio-In the midst of reporting a $38.3 million first-quarter net loss, EveryWare Global also said it intends to idle its North American manufacturing facilities for three to four weeks. Sam Solomon, the company’s interim CEO, said EveryWare is shutting its North American production “to reduce inventory and improve liquidity.” Solomon added that the companyMore »

600 New Resources to Exhibit at NY Now this Summer

NY Now

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–An influx of first-time exhibitors and companies returning from a market hiatus is expected to bring some 600 new suppliers to the summer edition of NY Now, according to GLM, which owns and operates the show. These newcomers will be among some 2,800+ total exhibiting companies presented throughout NY Now’s four collections –More »

SodaStream Q1 Net Falls 85.3 Percent

SodaStream

AIRPORT CITY, Israel-Significant cost increases and a reduction in gross margin hacked into SodaStream’s first-quarter net income, which fell 85.3 percent to $1.8 million. Operating expenses jumped 17.9 percent in dollars and 745 basis points as a percentage of sales, to 50.4 percent—the result of increased advertising and promotion costs, plus additional expenses related toMore »

HFN Editorial Deadline for July’s Atlanta Markets

HFN

NEW YORK–HFN is preparing its editorial coverage of the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market (July 8-15) and the Atlanta International Area Rug Market (July 9-12). Exhibitors are invited to submit information and high-resolution images of debuting products for possible inclusion. Rug and home decor submissions can be sent to Andrea Lillo (alillo@hfnmag.com), whileMore »