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Kids’ Play

Kids’ Play

By Jessica Goldbogen Harlan The latest technologies, along with the modern lifestyles of today’s kids, are dictating the designs and trends of new baby and juvenile furniture introductions. From wired nightstands to creative storage solutions, juvenile furniture truly fits the needs of today’s in-tune kids. One company that’s new to the juvenile furniture category, MagnussenMore »

Cutlery Gets More Colorful

Cutlery Gets More Colorful

Cutlery introductions at last month’s International Home + Housewares Show touched on a number of trends in the category, but predominantly on the broad use of color. Resin-coated blades, some printed with icons of fruits or vegetables, from vendors such as Lifetime Brands, Kuhn Rikon and Hampton Forge, were presented in an array of brightMore »

Metrokane to Fund New Wine Show on PBS

Metrokane to Fund New Wine Show on PBS

Metrokane has paired up with PBS to become a sponsor of a new show launching this month. Called “Vine Talk,” the half-hour weekly program is hosted by actor Stanley Tucci, who will lead a panel of celebrities from the culinary and acting worlds through blind taste tests to select their favorite wines. Filmed in frontMore »

Coffee & Tea Report: Java Jamboree

Coffee & Tea Report: Java  Jamboree

By David GillCoffee and tea remain on trend with consumers, as evidenced by many of the new products that made their bow during last month’s International Home + Housewares Show. To judge from these new products, sleek and innovative designs that include bright colors, and raising the bar on technology are key directions taken byMore »

New in New York

New in New York

By Andrea LilloBack-to-school themes, shaped rugs and memory foam mats for the kitchen and bathroom were some of the hot categories last month at the New York Home Fashions Market. And the Internet—whether the company’s involvement in social media or designs focusing on Internet slang—also had a bigger presence this market. Mohawk Home, for example,More »

Report Finds Walmart Top U.S. Retail Brand

Report Finds Walmart Top U.S. Retail Brand

NEW YORK–Although its brand value expressed in dollars fell 8 percent year over year, Walmart is still overwhelmingly the nation’s most valuable retail brand, according to the Best Retail Brands report from consultancy Interbrand. Walmart’s current total brand value is $142 billion, according to the report. The remaining top five retail brands are Target atMore »

Rising Expenses Cut Brookstone Fourth-Quarter Net 22 Percent

Rising Expenses Cut Brookstone Fourth-Quarter Net 22 Percent

MERRIMACK, N.H.–Increased costs offset a healthy net sales gain to reduce Brookstone’s fourth-quarter net income 22 percent, to $42.8 million. Selling, general and administrative expenses for the quarter, which ended on Jan. 1, increased by 11 percent in dollars and 32 basis points as a percentage of sales, to 23.2 percent. In addition, gross marginMore »

MMPI Names Gragg Director of Market Suite Sales for Chicago Market

MMPI Names Gragg Director of Market Suite Sales for Chicago Market

CHICAGO–Jamie Gragg has been appointed director of market suite sales for the Chicago Market at MMPI. Gragg is responsible for leasing temporary booths at the market, and reports directly to Sara Dahlstrom, managing director of market suite sales. Gragg joined MMPI in 2007 as leasing director of permanent showrooms in High Point. During her tenure,More »