News

Douglass Joins Surya as Vice President

Douglass Joins Surya as Vice President

CALHOUN, Ga.–Surya has appointed Pat Douglass as vice president of its printed rug division, a category the company has been growing. Douglass will work with Surya’s printed rug factories on development, production and distribution, as well as develop relationships with retailers and wholesalers. “Pat brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our company,” saidMore »

HFIA and UFA Offer Discounts With Partnership

HFIA and UFA Offer Discounts With Partnership

DALLAS–The Home Furnishings Independents Association (HFIA) and the Unfurnished Furniture Association (UFA) announced a new partnership in which UFA members can join HFIA at a discounted rate as branch members. All branch members will have access to the HFIA benefits such as bank card processing, consumer finance, e-mail marketing, freight discounts, gift cards, insurance, lightingMore »

22nd Annual ARTS Awards Judges Announced

22nd Annual ARTS Awards Judges Announced

DALLAS–Dallas Market Center and the Accessories Resource Team have announced the 22nd annual ARTS Awards judges. This judging panel will select the winners of 26 awards to be presented during a gala event on Jan. 22, 2011. The ARTS Awards is a premier awards program for the decorative accessories industry and is held each JanuaryMore »

Leggett & Platt to Sponsor WithIt Leadership Conference

Leggett & Platt to Sponsor WithIt Leadership Conference

GREENSBORO, N.C.–Leggett & Platt has signed on to sponsor WithIt’s annual education conference, “Leadership2: Take It to the Next Level.” Scheduled for Aug. 17-19, the conference will provide opportunities for leadership development, business networking and professional and personal growth for executives in the home-furnishings industries. It is also part of WithIt’s effort to encourage femaleMore »

Retailer Container Traffic Projected to Rise 16 Percent in July

Retailer Container Traffic Projected to Rise 16 Percent in July

WASHINGTON—A new forecast from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates has predicted that import cargo at the nation’s major retail ports will increase 16 percent this month. In the monthly Global Port Tracker, the two organizations added that the double-digit increases in container traffic could wind down this fall, as retailers look to manageMore »

Bassett Posts Profit in Second Quarter

Bassett Posts Profit in Second Quarter

BASSETT, Va.—Bassett Furniture Industries reported net income of $117,000 for the second quarter, compared to a net loss of $9.9 million in the second quarter of 2009. The company’s bottom-line improvement was driven mostly by a  580 basis-point jump in its gross margin, to 49.2 percent, which resulted from the retail segment’s increased share inMore »

Gift Fair Adds Eight Designers to Young Designers’ Platform

Gift Fair Adds Eight Designers to Young Designers’  Platform

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—Eight designers have been added to the New York International Gift Fair’s A+: The Young Designers’  Platform. The new participants include Salvatore Fuccillo and Jennifer MacEwan of Fuccillo Design, Charlotte Hosten, Soonmo Kang of 0.1vision, Hila Rawet Karni, Andy Kem of Kem3D, Efecum Kutuk, Andie Olive of BioDidactic Designs, and John Truex andMore »

Jura-Capresso to Conduct Barista Demonstration at Atlanta Market

Jura-Capresso to Conduct Barista Demonstration at Atlanta Market

CLOSTER, N.J.—Jura-Capresso will demonstrate the Jura Impressa  Z7 during the upcoming Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Market. The company has scheduled “7 drinks in 7 minutes” for July 17 from 10- 11 a.m. in the AmericasMart Atlanta Gourmet Kitchen, in the west wing of Building 2. David Shull, vice president of sales and marketing forMore »