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Surtex Panel to Explore State of American Design

Surtex Panel to Explore State of American Design

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–A panel of industry experts will discuss the state of American design at the Surtex trade show in May. The session will take place on May 17 as part of the Design Forum breakfast at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The panel includes David Bolotsky, founder and CEOMore »

Gift Fair to Hold “Market Readiness” Webinars

Gift Fair to Hold “Market Readiness” Webinars

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–The New York International Gift Fair will present a series of “Market Readiness” webinars for exhibitors at the summer Gift Fair. Beginning in May, the webinars will address topics such as marketing and selling strategies, trade-show operations and lead follow-up. The series will be produced jointly by NYIGF and Right Angle Strategies, aMore »

Walmart Sets Plans for New Smaller Format in U.S.

Walmart Sets Plans for New Smaller Format in U.S.

BENTONVILLE, Ark.-Walmart will debut new, smaller-format stores in the United States, which will be called Walmart Express. Speaking at yesterday’s Bank of America Merrill Lynch Consumer Conference, Bill Simon, president and chief executive officer of Walmart U.S., said the new Walmart Express format will measure roughly 15,000 square feet. The company is still developing theMore »

Sales in Home Retail Channels Fall in February

Sales in Home Retail Channels Fall in February

WASHINGTON-While February was an upbeat month for U.S. retailers as a whole, the furniture and home-furnishings sector registered a down month. Sales at furniture and home-furnishings stores were off 0.8 percent from January and fell four percent from February of last year, totaling $7.4 billion on an adjusted basis, according to figures released this morningMore »

Robb & Stucky Going-Out-of-Business Sale Starts Today

Robb & Stucky Going-Out-of-Business Sale Starts Today

FORT MYERS, Fla.-After more than 95 years in business, Robb & Stucky will conduct a court-ordered bankruptcy liquidation sale beginning today at all 20 of its stores. Inventory at the stores, located in Florida, Texas, Arizona and Nevada, is valued at approximately $90 million, and will be completely liquidated at significant discounts, according to theMore »

Family Dollar Promotes Burt, Styka to New Finance Posts

Family Dollar Promotes Burt, Styka to New Finance Posts

MATTHEWS, N.C.-Family Dollar has elevated Steven Burt and David Styka to newly created positions in its finance department. Burt, divisional vice president-treasury, has been named vice president and treasurer. Styka, divisional vice president-tax, has been appointed vice president of finance. Both executives report to Ken Smith, senior vice president and chief financial officer. Burt hasMore »

Comfort Revolution Gains License for Izod Sleep Products

Comfort Revolution Gains License for Izod Sleep Products

NEW YORK-Comfort Revolution, the sleep-products company recently founded by industry veteran Michael Fux, has reached an agreement with Izod for a line of mattresses, mattress toppers, bed pillows and stadium cushions. The line will include products made with both memory foam and gel, two staples of Fux’s products when he was chief executive of SleepMore »

Protect-A-Bed Takes New Show Space

Protect-A-Bed Takes New Show Space

NEW YORK-Protect-A-Bed has moved to a new showroom, in which it will be located for next week’s New York Home Fashions Market. The new space is in room 916 of 230 Fifth Ave., and is larger than the company’s previous space in room 1505 of the same building. Alan Eisenberg, Protect-A-Bed’s senior vice president ofMore »