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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 »

Home Furnishings Industry Conference Sold Out

Home Furnishings Industry Conference Sold Out

ROSEVILLE, Calif.–The Home Furnishings Industry Conference Expo has sold out its entire exhibitor spacing area, according to a statement from the Western Home Furnishings Association, the show’s manager. Scheduled for April 30-May 2, the Expo will offer manufacturers from a variety of product categories an opportunity to showcase their products. It will take place atMore »

Yamazaki Names Basanta President

Yamazaki Names Basanta President

NEW YORK–Yamazaki Tableware has appointed Raymond I. Basanta president, effective June 1. He succeeds Kazuhiro (Kasey) Yawata, who has served as Yamazaki president since its offices opened in 1981. Basanta has worked for Yamazaki since 1994 as vice president for marketing and product development. A well-known figure in the international tabletop industry for more thanMore »

Kichler Hires New National Sales Manager

Kichler Hires New National Sales Manager

CLEVELAND–Kichler Lighting has named Eric Borden national sales manager. With 33 years of sales, marketing and product development experience in the lighting industry, Borden will be responsible for the leadership, planning and execution of all sales strategies and programs related to Kichler’s dealer channel. He reports to David Pamer, Kichler’s vice president of sales. MostMore »

New York Tabletop Show: A Gardener’s Paradise

New York Tabletop Show: A Gardener’s Paradise

NEW YORK–The New York Tabletop Show wrapped up last week, a reportedly satisfying and successful event marked by a slew of new licensed programs and a trend direction that moved straight through the greenhouse door. In general, vendors seemed pleased with the market and many remarked on “good meetings” and “back to back appointments” thatMore »