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Blog: Hot Housewares Previewed in NY

Blog: Hot Housewares Previewed in NY

NEW YORK-More than 40 new and established housewares vendors showed off their newest wares for the holidays at a media event hosted by the International Housewares Association here. Among the offerings: Baby Brezza spotlighted Formula Pro, an appliance that prepares formula bottles for babies. The Formula Pro measures and mixes water and powdered formula toMore »

Ullman’s Revenge

Duke_Ratliff

The J.C. Penney watch continued last month as the retailer reported a huge loss—$348 million—for its first quarter. The nation’s most closely critiqued retail chain performed even worse than had been expected, reporting a 16 percent drop in sales compared to last year to continue its long decline in sales. Last week, the chain securedMore »

Blog: Lampert’s Threats

Blog: Lampert’s Threats

The red that showed up on Sears Holdings’ bottom line for its first quarter could wind up being more than just ink. Soon it could be blood resulting from executive heads on the chopping block. Eddie Lampert, who has combined his previous role as chairman with his new role as CEO since Lou D’Ambrosio leftMore »

Blog: A Walk in the Park

Blog: A Walk in the Park

Cathy Steel and her crew will be walking for a cause this weekend. Steel, head of the Steel Associates public relations firm, is the leader of the Gift for Life/Stationery Show team of more than 25 walkers who will participate in AIDS Walk New York this Sunday. Some of the team will be part ofMore »

Blog: HGTV Brings Home Line to Atlanta

Blog: HGTV Brings Home Line to Atlanta

The HGTV lifestyle is brought to life in its newest pop-up shop, which HFN visited last week in Phipps Plaza, an upscale mall in Atlanta. There, through June 4, HGTV loyalists can see products from all of its home licenses—including furniture from Bassett, area rugs from Shaw and lighting from ELK, among other categories—set upMore »

Blog: No Plugs Needed for These Portable Lamps

Blog: No Plugs Needed for These Portable Lamps

Only the need for light—not an outlet—is required for the new Modern Lantern cordless lamps from husband and wife team Stephen and Carrie Fitzwater. Instead of electricity, these lamps run on a rechargeable 12V Li-Ion battery, which powers an LED bulb that’s equivalent to a 35 watt incandescent bulb. But they have the look ofMore »

Blog – J.C. Penney: So Sorry

J.C. Penney

In a truly out-of-the-ordinary move, J.C. Penney has officially apologized to the world for the past year’s worth of changes and missteps, which apparently drove away a huge block of its customer base. Its means for delivering this message is a commercial that can now be seen on YouTube. Featuring easy-listening music with pianos andMore »

Crazy for JCP

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Remember Crazy Eddie? Back in the ’80s, the New York-based consumer electronics chain was known for its loudmouthed spokesperson, presumably Crazy Eddie himself. In ubiquitous television and radio ads, Eddie would proclaim at the top of his lungs that his prices were “insaaaaaaane!” J.C. Penney, suffering from a long hangover of too much Ron Johnson,More »