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Arc International Names Biagi VP Sales and Marketing

Arc International Names Biagi VP Sales and Marketing

MILLVILLE, N.J.–Arc International North America has appointed Ron Biagi to the newly created position of vice president, sales and marketing North America, reporting to Fred Dohn, chief executive officer, Americas. In his new post, Biagi will assume responsibility for the consumer goods division and marketing function and will succeed Scott Baum, who left the companyMore »

Company C Returns to Atlanta With Expanded Showroom

Company C

ATLANTA—The HOME product center at AmericasMart welcomes more than two dozen new companies to its permanent showroom collection. One of the premier showrooms debuting in Building 1—the destination for HOME—is Company C, which returns to AmericasMart this January. The company, a designer and manufacturer of rugs, bedding, furniture and decorative accessories, has secured nearly 1,800More »

NRF Panelists: Consumer Power to Skyrocket

NRF Panelists: Consumer Power to Skyrocket

NEW YORK—Retail leaders from throughout the nation and abroad gave their views on the outlook for retailing over the next day in yesterday’s National Retail Federation Convention session, “Consumer 2020: What Lies Ahead for the Retail Industry.” Moderated by Alison Paul, vice chairman and U.S. Retail Leader for Deloitte, the session included Cathy Green, presidentMore »

Sears Holdings Same-Store Sales Off Slightly in December

Sears Holdings Same-Store Sales Off Slightly in December

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.—Comparable-store sales for Sears Holdings, parent of Sears and Kmart, slipped 1.7 percent in December. The same-store total encompassed a six percent dropoff in comparable-store sales for Sears’ U.S. stores and a 2.3 percent same-store increase for Kmart. Increases in sales of home products helped boost the Kmart number, along with gains inMore »

J.C. Penney Promotes Three in Finance, Sourcing and Technology

J.C. Penney Promotes Three in Finance, Sourcing and Technology

PLANO, Texas–J. C. Penney Company has made a series of senior leadership promotions in its finance, sourcing and technology organizations. Those promotions include Michael Dastugue to executive vice president and chief financial officer; Ken Mangone as executive vice president of product development, design and sourcing; and Ed Robben as senior vice president and chief informationMore »

Otto Group’s U.S. Division Acquires Bombay Brands

Otto Group’s U.S. Division Acquires Bombay Brands

NEW YORK—Hermes-Otto International USA LLC, the U.S. division of the global fashion and lifestyle company Otto Group, has acquired Bombay Brands LLC along with its brand, The Bombay Company. The purchase price was not disclosed. H-OI previously served as the exclusive North American licensee of Bombay products, but with this purchase it now has direct,More »

Ketchum to Retire from Newell Rubbermaid Later This Year

Ketchum to Retire from Newell Rubbermaid Later This Year

ATLANTA—Mark Ketchum, president and chief executive officer, will retire from Newell Rubbermaid later this year. To ensure a smooth transition to new leadership, Ketchum will remain on the board of directors through spring of 2012. An executive recruiting firm has been retained to conduct an outside search for Ketchum’s replacement as well as help withMore »