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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 »

J.C. Penney Begins Liz Claiborne Rollout

J.C. Penney Begins Liz Claiborne Rollout

PLANO, Texas – The first exclusive products bearing the Liz Claiborne label – in women’s and men’s apparel – begin turning up on J.C. Penney shelves this week, part of a massive roll-out of the brand that will spread to home next January. Some 30 different product classifications are included in the program, which positionsMore »

Jarden Net Drops 14.5 Percent As Sales Jump 22 Percent

Jarden Net Drops 14.5 Percent As Sales Jump 22 Percent

RYE, N.Y.—Net income for Jarden Corp. dropped 14.5 percent in the second quarter, to $38.4 million. The company’s bottom line suffered in spite of a 22 percent gain in second-quarter net sales, which totaled $1.5 billion. Selling, general and administrative expenses rose 14 percent in the quarter, and gross margin dropped 147 basis points toMore »