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Yedi’s Sweater Mugs

Yedi Houseware’s Sweater Mugs have grabbed the consumer media spotlight. The mugs made Oprah’s “Favorite Things” list in the December issue of The Oprah Magazine; the “Secret Sales” portion of New York’s local ABC Eyewitness News program; and Good Morning America’s “Deals and Steals” program. The mugs were also featured on a recent episode ofMore »

The Menurkey: A Menorah for Thanksgiving

The Menurkey

A nine-year-old boy’s idea, a once-in-a-lifetime event and a Kickstarter campaign has led to the availability of the Menurkey, a Hanukkah menorah shaped like a Thanksgiving turkey. Conceived by New York City kid Asher Weintraub, the Menurkey celebrates this year’s rare occurrence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving overlapping. Weintraub felt the Menurkey would resonate as bothMore »

“Bay-zos,” not “Bee-zos”

Duke_Ratliff

By Duke Ratliff It’s interesting how Amazon is easily the most influential retailer since Walmart and most of us don’t even know how to pronounce the founder’s name. Yes, it’s “Bay-zos” instead of “Bee-zos,” according to the recently published book “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,” by Brad Stone. The public’sMore »

A Lesson in Retail

Michael Gould

Last week brought the announcement that Michael Gould will step down as head of Bloomingdale’s this coming February. Gould is preparing to leave the scene at a time when the business world is wondering whether two other iconic retailers, J.C. Penney and Sears, will survive. The two chains have taken different routes to get toMore »