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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 »

Trex Teams With Poly-Wood for Outdoor Furniture

Trex Teams With Poly-Wood for Outdoor Furniture

WINCHESTER, Va.–Trex Company, one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of wood-alternative decking, has entered into a licensing agreement with Poly-Wood, Inc., to develop and market outdoor living furniture. The Trex Outdoor Furniture collection will include 26 exclusive designs across four different product lines to complement low-maintenance and eco-friendly Trex outdoor living spaces. The introductory TrexMore »

Oral-B, TV Host Burke to Promote Oral Health

Oral-B, TV Host Burke to Promote Oral Health

NEW YORK–Oral-B has partnered with television host Brooke Burke in an effort to advance Americans’ oral health. The toothbrush brand is offering consumers 50 percent off select Premium Power toothbrushes after a mail-in rebate through Oct. 31, and Burke, co-host of “Dancing with the Stars,” is serving as spokeswoman for the effort. The toothbrush modelsMore »

Sleep Innovations Launches Gel-Infused Memory Foam

Sleep Innovations Launches Gel-Infused Memory Foam

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.–Sleep Innovations has introduced a gel-infused memory foam that it is using on a new line of sleep products. The new technology infuses gel beads into traditional memory foam, adding a layer of support in the foam and gathering together at pressure points to deliver maximum support. The foam combines comfort, support,More »

ART, HFIA and IHFC Sponsor Bowling Event at High Point Market

ART, HFIA and IHFC Sponsor Bowling Event at High Point Market

HIGH POINT, N.C.–High Point Market attendees are invited to a bowling event sponsored by the Accessories Resource Team, the Home Furnishings Independents Association and the International Home Furnishings Center. The event will take place Monday, Oct. 18, at the High Point Bowling Center, with dinner starting at 7 p.m. and bowling at 8 p.m. TheMore »