Opinions

IHA Focuses on Alternatives to Litigation

IHA Focuses on  Alternatives to  Litigation

At the direction of our board, IHA has launched an initiative to help housewares suppliers save time and money to the benefit of all of its members, large and small, who experience escalating costs associated with defending a company against legal claims of all types. Litigation Costs are on the Rise A research study conductedMore »

Tendence: Eight Centuries of Introductions

Tendence: Eight Centuries of Introductions

While talking to Nicolette Naumann, vice president of Messe Frankfurt, about her expectations for this year’s Tendence show—I was curious about how long Tendence has been in existence. After a quick calculation in her head, she said, “772 years.” Wow! As in, almost eight centuries? I expect European buildings and other architecture to be hundredsMore »

Blog: The Return of Made in the U.S.A.

Blog: The Return of Made in the U.S.A.

So what has happened to the conventional wisdom that you can’t manufacture home goods in the U.S. any more? The other day, the news came down that Faribault Woolen Mills, which had closed its factory in Minnesota in 2009, is reopening it. And earlier this year, HomeSource International cut a deal with Enola Manufacturing inMore »

All Eyes on Maricich

All Eyes on Maricich

Bob Maricich just may be the busiest man in the home furnishings industry. Maricich was already overseeing the mammoth World Market Center in Las Vegas, when its owners bought the major showrooms in High Point, N.C., in May, creating the umbrella entity International Market Centers. As the head of IMC, Maricich oversees approximately $1 billionMore »

Tempur, Tempur

Tempur, Tempur

One of the biggest recent developments in home textiles comes from a company that will not be present at this month’s New York Home Fashions Market. During Las Vegas Market in August, Tempur-Pedic expanded its line of bed pillows, launching a new line called Traditional and upgrading some of its existing products. Just before thatMore »

Blog: Memo to Pillow Vendors: Watch Out for Tempur-Pedic

Blog: Memo to Pillow Vendors: Watch Out for Tempur-Pedic

NEW YORK–A statement last week by Tempur-Pedic’s president and CEO, Mark Sarvary, should jangle the nerves of those that manufacture bed pillows. Speaking to financial analysts on a conference call about the company’s second-quarter results, Sarvary dropped this bomb: “Beyond mattresses, we’re excited about the potential for our pillow business.” He went on to sayMore »

Blog: Atlanta Rug Market Wraps Up

Blog: Atlanta Rug Market Wraps Up

ATLANTA–The Atlanta International Area Rug Market finished up yesterday at AmericasMart, where exhibitors debuted collections as well as product categories. Among the themes were color and texture, which continue to perform well with consumers. The ‘Made in the U.S.A’ distinction remains important, and manufacturers continue to strengthen their production here. One hundred percent of Karastan’sMore »