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AHAM Aligns with CSA Standards and UL Environment for Sustainability Standard for Home Appliances

AHAM Aligns with CSA Standards and UL Environment for Sustainability Standard for Home Appliances

WASHINGTON—The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers has formed partnerships with CSA Standards and UL Environment to jointly develop voluntary sustainability standards for home appliances. An AHAM statement said the effort is intended to provide a measurement tool to help the public in evaluating the sustainability of home appliances. Noting that energy consumption is a keyMore »

Protect-A-Bed Hosts Mattress Sweepstakes

Protect-A-Bed Hosts Mattress Sweepstakes

CHICAGO—Protect-A-Bed has launched the Long Live Your Mattress Sweepstakes on its Web site, protectabed.com. The sweepstakes began yesterday and will run through Oct. 31. One grand-prize winner will receive $30,000 in honor of Protect-A-Bed’s 30th anniversary, and 10 first-prize winners will get bedding-protection sets valued at nearly $500. The sweepstakes is open to all U.S.More »

Bufano Named Belk President and Chief Merchant

Bufano Named Belk President and Chief Merchant

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Belk’s appointment of Kathryn Bufano as president and chief merchandising officer yesterday marks an historic event for the company, the largest privately held department store in the country. Bufano, who joined Belk two years ago following stints at a number of specialty and department store operations, is believed to be the first non-family memberMore »

Sam’s Club to Debut Wi-Fi in U.S. Stores

Sam’s Club to Debut Wi-Fi in U.S. Stores

BENTONVILLE, Ark.—Sam’s Club will offer Wi-Fi access in all of its U.S. locations by November. In an announcement at its annual holiday meeting in Orlando, the warehouse-club retailer said the AT&T-provided service will allow greater access for club members to Wi-Fi through their smart phones while shopping as well as provide access for shoppers toMore »

IHA CHESS Supersession Scheduled for October

IHA CHESS Supersession Scheduled for October

ROSEMONT, Ill.—The International Housewares Association will hold its next Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession (CHESS) on Oct. 6-7 at The Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare here. Among the speakers slated for the session will be Adolfo Laurenti, deputy chief economist and managing director of Mesirow Financial, who will speak on the new economic order caused by the recessionMore »

Conair Joins with Weight Watchers in License Agreement

Conair Joins with Weight Watchers in License Agreement

STAMFORD, Conn.—Conair, under its Cuisinart Cookware division, has reached an agreement with Weight Watchers International for a line of non-electric cookware and bakeware under the Weight Watchers brand. The collection is scheduled to reach retail stores in early 2011. Ron Diamond, president of Conair, said the new license follows “the successful synergy of Conair andMore »

YoPros to Lead HFPA Foundation Online Auction

YoPros to Lead HFPA Foundation Online Auction

NEW YORK—The Young Professionals of the Home Fashion Products Association (YoPros) will lead the third annual HFPA Foundation online auction with Charitybuzz.com, which provides cause-related auctions on a global basis. Members of HFPA are invited to donate internships with their companies, meet-and-greets with company designers, golf outings, behind-the-scenes entertainment experiences in films and television shows,More »

Chicago Market Announces Best In Show Award Winners

Chicago Market Announces Best In Show Award Winners

CHICAGO—The Chicago Market: Living and Giving presented 10 companies with best-in-show awards for the market completed last month. For Best Exhibit Display, the category awards went to Rolf Glass as the Gourmet Winner; W.I.N.O.S. Inc. as the What a Girl Wants Winner; Amity Home as the Home Winner; Royal Green Enterprise as the Gift &More »