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Barkley Named Head of Amer’s Sales Team

Joe Barkley

ATLANTA–Amer Rugs has named Joe Barkley as vice president of sales and marketing, overseeing Amer‘s sales and marketing and the expansion of Amer’s growth into additional markets. He reports to Tanuj Gupta, president of Amer. A veteran industry executive with more than 30 years of experience, Barkley was most recently a senior partner at ProvisionsMore »

August Retail Import Volume Projected for Record

Retail Container Imports

WASHINGTON-Import volume at the major U.S. container posts is expected to hit an all-time record this month, as retailers attempt to rush through merchandise for the holiday season in fear of an impasse in the contract talks between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The most recent contract expired onMore »

iRobot Names Stacy to Board

Michelle Stacy

BEDFORD, Mass.-Michelle Stacy, former president of Keurig, has been appointed to the iRobot Corp. board of directors. Stacy—who, along with heading Keurig for five years, served as vice president and general manager of Gillette at Procter & Gamble—was cited in an iRobot statement for her “wealth of experience leading consumer business and building global brands.”More »

HFN High Point, Tabletop Editorial Deadline: Sept. 5

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NEW YORK–HFN has started collecting new product information and high-resolution images for its editorial show coverage of High Point Market and the Tabletop Show in October. To be included, please send a brief product description, your company website and a hi-res image to us no later than Friday, Sept. 5. Images (preferably jpegs, but weMore »

West Elm to Debut Grant Program for U.S. Artisans

West Elm

BROOKLYN, N.Y.-The West Elm segment of Williams-Sonoma will launch the We Love Local Small Business Grant contest, an effort to provide support to U.S.-based artists, makers and designers. Beginning tomorrow, local artisans can go online at westelm.com/localgrant and submit stories about who they are, what they make and how the prize ($25,000 to the winner)More »

Mattress Firm Q2 Sales Climb 35.5 Percent

Mattress Firm

HOUSTON-Mattress Firm’s second-quarter net sales rose 35.5 percent to $410 million, according to a preliminary statement from the specialty retailer. The jump in the top line owed to a 9.7 percent gain in same-store sales along with the addition of new and acquired stores, the statement said. “Our sales performance has been consistently strong inMore »

Furniture Industry Group Plans High Point Lunch for Young Members

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ROSEVILLE, Calif.–Enthusiasm for the North American Home Furnishings Association’s recent luncheon program for younger members has prompted another such gathering at High Point Market in October. Lunch with Leaders was held for Next Generation Now members at Las Vegas Market last month. City Furniture President Keith Koenig, Gallery Furniture President Jim McIngvale and Steinhafels PresidentMore »

NRF Cites Badcock as “Retail Champion” Finalist

Wogan Badcock

ROSEVILLE, Calif.-Wogan Badcock III, owner of Badcock Furniture and More, has been named one of the five finalists for the National Retail Federation’s Retail Champion award. The award recognizes retailers for their grassroots advocacy and engagement on federal, state and local issues affecting the retail economy. Badcock was honored with the four other finalists atMore »