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It’s a Snap

It’s a Snap

By Allison Zisko Snapware’s success in the food storage business, its recent growth, and its established distribution network made it irresistible to World Kitchen, which acquired the Mira Loma, Calif.-based company last month and has appointed a joint integration team to make the transition seamless for its retail partners. The merger grants World Kitchen accessMore »

Frankfurt Festival

Frankfurt Festival

By David Gill From the downbeat atmosphere of the 2009 show to the cautiously optimistic mood at last year’s event, the 2011 Heimtextil is ready to take place this month with a textiles-industry surge apparently within sight. At least, that’s what the executives with Messe Frankfurt, owner and manager of the world’s signature textiles tradeMore »

CES Connects The Home

CES Connects The Home

By David Gill It won’t be all 3-D TVs, computers, game players and DVD players at this month’s International CES. Visitors to the world’s biggest consumer-electronics trade show will also see devices that will enable them to control their home appliances by connecting them to a smart grid. An entire “TechZone,” called Connected Home Appliances,More »

Consumer Confidence Ebbs in December

Consumer Confidence Ebbs in December

NEW YORK–The consumer confidence index took a small dive in December, finishing the month at 52.5 or 1.8 points off its November reading. Both of the index’s main components, the present-situation and expectations indexes, slipped this month. The present-situation index dropped 1.9 points to 23.5, while the expectations index declined 1.7 points to 71.9. RespondingMore »

Jeansson Becomes Partner in Sales Rep Firm

Jeansson Becomes Partner in Sales Rep Firm

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y.–Tabletop executive Michael Jeansson has been named a partner and vice president of sales for NGL associates, a sales representative firm, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Jeansson has been the president of Sagaform USA since 2005, and previously worked for Orrefors Kosta Boda for 20 years in a variety of management positions in theMore »

Creative Co-Op to Open Expanded Dallas Showroom, Offers Cruise Giveaway

Creative Co-Op to Open Expanded Dallas Showroom, Offers Cruise Giveaway

MEMPHIS, Tenn.–Creative Co-Op is moving into the Western Reps showroom on the second floor of the Dallas Market Center, room 2802. The new location gives Creative Co-Op an expanded footprint of 8,000 square feet to display its line of gifts, decorative accessories and seasonal merchandise. The company designs, imports and distributes accent furniture, accent lighting,More »

Bed Bath & Beyond Net Rises 25 Percent in Third Quarter

Bed Bath & Beyond Net Rises 25 Percent in Third Quarter

UNION, N.J.—Bed Bath & Beyond reported another strong performance in its third quarter, with net income rising 25 percent to $188.6 million. Improving sales and the company’s wary eye on expenses helped produce the healthier bottom line. Net sales for the quarter, which ended on Nov. 27, rose 11 percent to $2.2 billion. While selling,More »

Dillard’s to Establish Internet Fulfillment Center

Dillard’s to Establish Internet Fulfillment Center

MAUMELLE, Ark.–Dillard’s Inc. will locate an Internet fulfillment center here to support the growth of its online business. “There are many positive changes currently underway at Dillard’s and the enhancement of the online shopping experience at dillards.com is a major focus of our efforts,” said Alex Dillard, president, in a statement. “Our new Maumelle facilityMore »