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Cookware Exec LaRotonda Joins Gibson

Cookware Exec LaRotonda Joins Gibson

COMMERCE, Calif.–Gibson Overseas has named Candace LaRotonda as cookware sales development manager, where she will focus on new cookware business development and manage key accounts. Most recently serving as national account manager for Meyer Corp., LaRotonda has spent 25 years in the housewares industry, in management positions with companies such as World Kitchen and TramontinaMore »

Candle Trends Presented at Industry Conference

Candle Trends Presented at Industry Conference

LAS VEGAS–Leading candle manufacturers gathered here recently for an annual meeting and trade show, where they discussed some of the industry’s most pressing issues, including Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and upcoming candle labeling regulations, the FTC Green Guides, ASTM candle fire-safety standards, the ingredient disclosure movement, and the anti-dumping duty on candles fromMore »

Pantone Releases Large-Format Plastic Color Chips

Pantone Releases Large-Format Plastic Color Chips

CARLSTADT, N.J.–Pantone has made large-format Pantone Plastic Standard Chips available to designers and others in the trade, making color specifications easier and more efficient, the company said. With the ability to match all 3,400 standard Pantone colors in the Pantone Plus Series and Pantone Fashion + Home Color System Libraries, Pantone Plastic Standard Chips provideMore »

Four Students Named designext Winners

Four Students Named designext Winners

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–Four student designers have been designated winners of the Surtex designext competition. The winners are Keia Barua of the fibers department at Savannah College of Art and design; Jane Bridges of the department of contemporary surface design and textiles at the Bradford School of Arts & Media in the United Kingdom; Melodie FlookMore »

Walmart Acquires Social-Media Firm Kosmix

Walmart Acquires Social-Media Firm Kosmix

BENTONVILLE, Ark.–Walmart has reached a definitive agreement to purchase Kosmix, a developer of social-media technology—thus signaling its intent to put more resources into its social-networking and mobile-commerce efforts. Based in Mountain View, Calif., Kosmix is the creator of a platform that searches and analyzes connections in real-time data streams, which delivers highly personalized insights toMore »

Wurl Named to Head Merchandising for Big Lots

Wurl Named to Head Merchandising for Big Lots

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Doug Wurl has been appointed executive vice president of merchandising for Big Lots. Wurl thus assumes responsibility for the closeout value retailer’s merchandising organization, and oversees the company’s initiatives toward furthering the scope and breadth of its global sourcing efforts. He reports directly to Steve Fishman, chairman, president and CEO. Bob Segal and StevenMore »

Rogers Promoted to Lead Real-Estate Development with Family Dollar

Rogers Promoted to Lead Real-Estate Development with Family Dollar

MATTHEWS, N.C.–Family Dollar has named Brad Rogers vice president-real estate development, a newly created position. In his new role, Rogers is responsible for directing the discount retailer’s store growth in both new and existing markets. He reports to Keith Gehl, senior vice president-real estate and facilities. Rogers began his career with Family Dollar in 1988More »

CMI Debuts Redesigned Website

CMI Debuts Redesigned Website

PAWTUCKET, R.I.–Braided rug and accessories manufacturer cmi (Colonial Mills Inc.) has launched its new and completely redesigned website at colonialmills.com. The new site incorporates simple navigation and inviting colors, the company said. “We categorized the ‘Browse By’ function into eight different categories to make it easy for the retailer or consumer to quickly find theMore »