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Fraley Joins SnapRetail as CTO

Fraley Joins SnapRetail as CTO

PITTSBURGH–Andy Fraley has been named to the newly created position of chief technology officer at SnapRetail. Fraley has assumed responsibility over the company’s software-development team, along with setting the technology vision for SnapRetail’s software products. He reports directly to Ted Teele, the company’s chief executive officer. Before joining SnapRetail, Fraley was chief technology officer ofMore »

My Favorite Contest Launched at The Conran Shop

My Favorite Contest Launched at The Conran Shop

NEW YORK–The Conran Shop has launched the My Favorite contest, inviting consumers to tell the retailer which of its hundreds of home accessories, furniture, lighting and personal accessories is their favorite, and get the chance to win a $5,000 shopping spree. By visiting the retailer’s Web site or Facebook page, consumers can submit a photo andMore »

My Favorite Contest Launched at The Conran Shop

My Favorite Contest Launched at The Conran Shop

NEW YORK–The Conran Shop has launched the My Favorite contest, inviting consumers to tell the retailer which of its hundreds of home accessories, furniture, lighting and personal accessories is their favorite, and get the chance to win a $5,000 shopping spree. By visiting the retailer’s Web site or Facebook page, consumers can submit a photo andMore »

Consumer Confidence Edges Up

Consumer Confidence Edges Up

NEW YORK—After two straight months of declines, the consumer confidence index did a small reversal in August. The index, as provided by The Conference Board, picked up 2.5 points to finish last month at 53.5. Lynn Franco, director of the board’s Consumer Research Center, attributed the gain to “an improvement in consumers’ short-term outlook. ExpectationsMore »

Shanghai Intertextile Wraps as Cost Pressures Continue

Shanghai Intertextile Wraps as Cost Pressures Continue

SHANGHAI, China–The Intertextile Show wrapped up here last week with high hopes for the continued growth of the Chinese domestic market but growing concerns about ongoing pressure on costs. Some 1,000 exhibitors, primarily from China and split fairly evenly between producers of finished goods and fabric suppliers, reported generally good traffic and activity. Final attendanceMore »

Sears, Kmart Partner With Saralegui on Bed and Bath Line

Sears, Kmart Partner With Saralegui on Bed and Bath Line

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.—Beginning this fall, Sears and Kmart will offer a collection of bedding and bath textiles created in partnership with Cristina Saralegui, the journalist and talk-show host. According to a statement from Sears Holdings, parent of both Sears and Kmart, the bedding lineup includes comforter sets, quilted coverlets and euro shams, microfiber sheets andMore »

Goldberg, Raymour Co-Founder, Dies

Goldberg, Raymour Co-Founder, Dies

SYRACUSE, N.Y.–Bernard Goldberg, co-founder of Raymour Furniture Company, died on Friday. He was 84 years old. Goldberg founded the company, now known as Raymour & Flanigan Furniture Company, in 1947 with his brother Arnold. For the past 20 years, he served as chairman of the board of Raymour & Flanigan. Known as “Bernie,” he servedMore »

Italian Spoken Here: Eataly Opens in New York

Italian Spoken Here: Eataly Opens in New York

NEW YORK–A little bit of Italy opened up in the Flatiron district yesterday in the form of Eataly, a 42,500-square foot artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace (along with a soon-to-open 4,500-square-foot beer garden) in the former Toy Building at 200 Fifth Avenue. Eataly is a collaboration between Joe Bastianich, Mario Batali and Lidia BastianichMore »