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Atlanta Gift Market Opens Today

AmericasMart

ATLANTA–The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market opens today, with the Atlanta International Area Rug Market opening tomorrow. Among the market changes is the debut of the new Market Club on Floor 6 in Building 1. Buying companies that attend five markets over a five-year period are extended membership in the lounge, where theyMore »

HSN Tabs Marketing Chief Brand as President

Bill Brand

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-Bill Brand, chief marketing officer of HSNi, has added the title of president of HSN, a position that had been vacant for eight years. Brand, who is retaining his role as HSNi’s chief marketing officer, has added responsibility over merchandising, programming, planning and HSN2. He continues to report to Mindy Grossman, HSNi’s CEO.More »

Walmart Holding “Made in the USA” Event

Walmart

BENTONVILLE, Ark.-Walmart is holding its first-ever open call for “Made in the USA” products here today. The retailer is opening its doors to more than 500 manufacturers, who will meet with senior Walmart executives and merchants to pitch their products for the stores, Sam’s Club warehouse clubs and online. Among the product categories which willMore »

Gordmans Tabs Myers for Marketing, Townsend for E-commerce

Amy Starr Myers

OMAHA, Neb.-Amy Starr Myers has joined Gordmans as senior vice president of marketing, and Stacey Townsend has been named vice president and general manager of e-commerce. Both are new positions for the specialty retailer. Myers is responsible for Gordmans’ marketing operations, and reports directly to T. Scott King, chairman and interim CEO. Townsend will launchMore »

Havertys Sales Gain in Q2

Havertys

ATLANTA-Havertys posted a second-quarter increase of 2.4 percent in net sales, to $175.1 million, according to a preliminary statement on the quarter, which ended on June 30. The sales pickup included a 3.2 percent rise in same-store sales. Clarence Smith, Havertys’ chairman, president and CEO, said the retailer experienced growth in sales of upholstery, mattressesMore »

Momeni Names Sattari National Sales Manager

Hadi Sattari

CARLSTADT, N.J.–Momeni has named Hadi Sattari to the position of national sales manager. Sattari has worked with Momeni since 2005 in a variety of sales capacities, most recently as an independent agent handling the international and flash site categories. Before that, he was an internal sales associate with the company, as well as a buyerMore »

Imax to Host Nikki Chu Launch Party at Atlanta Market

Nikki Chu

TULSA, Okla.–Imax Worldwide Home will celebrate its new exclusive line with designer Nikki Chu at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market this Friday, July 11, from 4-6 p.m. The event will be held in its AmericasMart showroom, Building 2, #1100. Chu will be on hand to welcome attendees and to discuss her inspirationMore »

FXI Acquires Southern California Manufacturing Site

FXI

ORANGE, Calif.-FXI, the foam products manufacturer, has purchased the manufacturing facility located here, which it has leased since 2009. The facility measures 250,000 square feet and is located on 25 acres. John Cowles, FXI president and CEO, said acquiring the site “is critical to supporting our customers in southern California and the western part ofMore »