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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 »

Fan Dance

Fan Dance

By David Gill Table fans have become elements in a home’s decor. Consumers are paying increasing attention to the decor in every room of their homes and fans, as a result, are now seen as part of the furniture. “There is a concern for both the esthetics and the functionality of fans,” said Jeff Martin,More »

Bare Necessities

Bare Necessities

By David Gill Americans are allowing their floors to go bare, and floor-care manufacturers have responded. The nation’s homeowners have turned away from the time when wall-to-wall carpeting was king. In many recently built homes, bare floors have become popular not only in kitchens and bathrooms; many homeowners have chosen to leave their living-room, great-roomMore »

Shear Madness

Shear Madness

By Andrea Lillo As growing herbs and other do-it-yourself kitchen trends grow, consumers want the tools necessary to perform specific functions. As a result, kitchen shears are one category that is gaining attention, expanding beyond the standard pair of shears to more function-specific and multifunctional options. The category has also become more fun, expanding inMore »

A Feel for Texture

A Feel for Texture

By David Gill Texture has become a dominant factor in decorative pillows, as exemplified by the March New York Home Fashions Market. This represents something of a sea change to the category. For many years, color was the key factor that drew consumers to the decorative-pillow sections at retailers. While color is still important, pillowsMore »