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Soft Home for Market

Soft Home for Market

By David Gill This month’s New York Home Fashions Market will take place in the midst of what Michael Lichtenberg, president of S. Lichtenberg & Co., called a “soft and steady” year for the home-textiles industry. The industry has picked up some steam, but not a lot, in the first eight months of 2010. “Overall,More »

Seidman’s Diamond Jubilee

Seidman’s Diamond Jubilee

By David Gill The Seidman News Bulletin turned 60 last month. The bulletin has appeared every week since its debut in 1950, totaling more than 3,000 issues. Seymour Seidman, the publication’s editor, launched the bulletin after he joined Wamsutta as merchandise manager—a position he took after serving several years running the textiles section of DNR,More »

Here Comes the Sun

Here Comes the Sun

By Allison Zisko Retail orders are in, plans are in place and hopes are up. The fourth quarter is not a fait accompli—the goods still have to sell, of course—but the tabletop landscape has brightened and the industry is breathing a little easier. The year looks to end on a more positive note than theMore »

Hooray for the Great Outdoors

Hooray for the Great Outdoors

By Duke Ratliff To paraphrase Ed Sullivan, the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market is a REALLY big show. How big? Try 350 exhibiting manufacturers in approximately 350,000 square feet of permanent and temporary showroom space in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Adding to its importance is that it’s the only show endorsed by the International CasualMore »

Rolling the Dice on Marketing

Rolling the Dice on Marketing

By David Gill In addition to new products, it was a market for marketing campaigns for the mattress category at last month’s Las Vegas Market. Retailers who braved the 100 degree-plus heat to attend the market were treated to a number of new programs aimed at raising the bar on marketing mattresses. Sealy used theMore »

U.S. Retail Sales Edge Up in August

U.S. Retail Sales Edge Up in August

WASHINGTON–Sales by U.S. retailers posted a month-to-month increase of 0.4 percent in August, reaching $363.7 billion on an adjusted basis. That total also marked a 3.6 percent rise from August 2009. A look at the sales performance among retail channels presented a mixed bag, with department stores (excluding leased departments) increasing sales by 0.4 percentMore »

Wüsthof Reorganizes U.S. Management Team

Wüsthof Reorganizes U.S. Management Team

NORWALK, Conn.–Premier German cutlery company Wüsthof-Trident of America, Inc., announced that René Stutz has resigned his position as president at Wüsthof, and Harald Wüsthof, managing partner, will oversee all operations in the U.S. A seasoned management team that includes Scott Severinson, overseeing all sales and marketing, and Rene Arnold, being in charge of administration andMore »

IHA Board of Directors Adds Members

IHA Board of Directors Adds Members

ROSEMONT, Ill.—The International Housewares Association has elected four new directors, as well as three new officers, for terms that run from Oct. 1, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2013. The new directors are David Elliott, general manager/KitchenAid Small Appliances, KitchenAid; Daniel Oehy, president, Swissmar; Alvise Ricoveri, managing director, De’Longhi America; and Gary Seehoff, chief executive officer,More »