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Target Canada to Broaden Home Assortment, Adds Execs

Target Canada

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario-As part of a broad package of initiatives to improve its overall business performance, Target Canada is planning several additions to its home merchandise assortment. At the same time, Target Canada has added John Butcher as senior vice president of merchandising and Janna Adair-Potts as senior vice president of stores and distribution. The companyMore »

Crown Crafts Q1 Net Falls 14.5 Percent

Crown Crafts

GONZALES, La.-Emerging from what historically is its slowest quarter of the year, Crown Crafts posted first-quarter net income of $703,000, down 14.5 percent from the first quarter of last year. Net sales in the quarter, which ended on June 29, fell 5.5 percent to $15.7 million. Gross margin edged up 20 basis points to 27.3More »

Couristan Debuts Custom Rug Program

Couristan Custom Area Rug Display

FORT LEE, N.J.–Couristan has launched its custom area rug program, allowing a broadloom design from Couristan’s residential broadloom brands—Premiere, Creations and Purity—to be personalized to meet the consumer’s needs. The program offer a wide selection of designs, colors and textures, as well as special finishing options such as two-inch long wool fringe, wool and syntheticMore »

HGTV Home Sweepstakes Winners Announced

HGTV Room Crashers Sweepstakes

BASSETT, Va.-A shopper at Fitzgerald Home Furnishings in Frederick, Md., has been named the grand prize winner in The HGTV Home Furniture Collection Room Crashers Sweepstakes. The design staff at Fitzgerald Home Furnishings will work with winner Dee Gatte to select $5,000 worth of HGTV Home Furniture Collection pieces to make over one room inMore »

Sears Names James to Head Kmart

kmart

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.-Alasdair James has been appointed president and chief member officer of Kmart by the mass retailer’s parent, Sears Holdings. In his new role, James oversees the Kmart operation, including the driving of the format strategy, managing profit and loss and “aligning merchandise, marketing, pricing and selling with the needs and wants of ShopMore »

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 »