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Blog:The Good Show Vibe Continues in Vegas

Blog:The Good Show Vibe Continues in Vegas

LAS VEGAS–The Las Vegas Winter Market opened yesterday with a bang, continuing the good vibes of the January trade shows. Showgoers packed the showrooms and hallways, and educational and socializing events were well attended. A presentation by celebrity Priscilla Presley was standing room only as she debuted her new home furnishings line with H Studio. The collectionMore »

Blog: Jobs One

Blog: Jobs One

I have attended a number of presentations to financial analysts over my years as a reporter. Last week, for the first time, I went to one which was haunted. J.C. Penney’s new top executives, CEO Ron Johnson and President Michael Francis, delivered a thoroughgoing exhibition of their plans for the retailer’s future—encompassing new strategies forMore »

Blog: The New Buzzword is Quicks

Blog: The New Buzzword is Quicks

First there were bricks, as in bricks-and-mortar stores, then there were clicks, as in Internet retailing, and now there are quicks, as in flash-sale sites and pop-up retail stores. Christina Norsig, tabletop veteran, early e-commerce retailer and commercial real estate insider, has written a book called “Pop Up Retail: How You Can Master This GlobalMore »

Blog: Days of Our Lives

Blog: Days of Our Lives

Retail’s biggest weekend of the year has come and gone, and here are a few takes from what occurred during the 2011 turkey-fed frenzy: 1. The Thanksgiving weekend has become so special to retailers that every one of those days has a name. We now have Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday (andMore »

Staying in the Roost

Staying in the Roost

What’s the deal with kids these days? Whatever it is, it is playing havoc on the home furnishings industry at a level not seen in decades, if ever. A report in The New York Times last month discussed how the trend toward going back to living at home among college graduates—ostensibly to save money inMore »