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LIMA to Present Webinar on License Evaluation

LIMA to Present Webinar on License Evaluation

NEW YORK–The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association will offer “Should I Take This License or Not?”, a Webinar on the decision to take or not take on a license. The Webinar is scheduled for Nov. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Rick Mallow, founder of Making Connections, and Will Thompson, vice president of licensing atMore »

Annie Selke Debuts Pine Cone Hill Online Outlet

Annie Selke Debuts Pine Cone Hill Online Outlet

PITTSFIELD, Mass.–The Annie Selke Cos. has launched pineconehilloutlet.com, a new Web site that brings Pine Cone Hill outlet merchandise to a national audience for the first time, according to a company statement. The site offers Pine Cone Hill bedding and sleepwear at discounted prices to all 50 states. It marks the company’s third Web siteMore »

Sears Wish Book Goes Mobile

Sears Wish Book Goes Mobile

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.–Sears has enhanced its popular Wish Book with new social shopping capabilities, allowing customers to see hot-trending products, get feedback on potential purchases and share lists with their friends and family. Customers can choose to shop the traditional Wish Book catalog, online at Sears.com/wishbook or via their smartphone devices, iPad or through Facebook.More »

Sam’s Club Debuts Smart-Phone App

Sam’s Club Debuts Smart-Phone App

BENTONVILLE, Ark.—Sam’s Club has launched a new smart-phone application for shoppers, which can be downloaded from iPhone, Android and BlackBerry app markets. Called Sam’s Club App, the new feature provides access to product information, club member reviews of products and eValues, which are customized discounts automatically loaded on the membership cards of Sam’s Club members.More »

Azevedo Tabbed as EVP of Merchandising for Mattress Giant

Azevedo Tabbed as EVP of Merchandising for Mattress Giant

ADDISON, Texas—Specialty retailer Mattress Giant has named Dominick Azevedo executive vice president of merchandising. In his new role, Azevedo is responsible for identifying new merchandising initiatives through existing and prospective manufacturing partners, as well as enhancing current initiatives such as store product offerings, sleep-accessory offerings, Mattress Giant’s Web site and more. He reports to MichaelMore »

Crown Crafts Net Jumps 51 Percent in Q2

Crown Crafts Net Jumps 51 Percent in Q2

GONZALES, La.—Second-quarter net income for Crown Crafts totaled $1.2 million, up 51 percent from the second quarter of last year. The company accomplished this on a gain in net sales of 9.2 percent to $23.7 million in the quarter ended Sept. 30, 2010. Details on selling, general and administrative expenses were missing from Crown Crafts’More »

hhgregg Net Falls 20 Percent in Second Quarter

hhgregg Net Falls 20 Percent in Second Quarter

INDIANAPOLIS–Net income for mattress/appliance retailer hhgregg dropped 20 percent in its fiscal second quarter, to $3.4 million. The bottom line suffered in spite of a 45 percent increase in net sales to $480.9 million in the quarter, which ended Sept. 30, 2010. Part of the quarterly numbers were a 41 percent jump in selling, generalMore »

Party for Life’s Sponsorship Campaign Kicks Off

Party for Life’s Sponsorship Campaign Kicks Off

NEW YORK–The fundraising efforts for Party for Life, the annual event of charitable organization Gift for Life, has begun with a $25,000 presenting sponsorship with Mudpie. To be held Jan. 30, 2011, at The Boathouse at Central Park, the 19th annual event will honor Mudpie’s founder and president Marcia Miller with the Trailblazer Award, whichMore »