Retail

Darling to Keynote Licensing Expo

Darling to Keynote Licensing Expo

NEW YORK–Rick Darling, president of Li & Fung’s LF USA subsidiary, will deliver the keynote address at the Licensing International Expo in June. The keynote session will launch the trade show, which is scheduled for June 14-16 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Darling oversees LF USA’s U.S. business, which includes licensedMore »

Pantone Releases Large-Format Plastic Color Chips

Pantone Releases Large-Format Plastic Color Chips

CARLSTADT, N.J.–Pantone has made large-format Pantone Plastic Standard Chips available to designers and others in the trade, making color specifications easier and more efficient, the company said. With the ability to match all 3,400 standard Pantone colors in the Pantone Plus Series and Pantone Fashion + Home Color System Libraries, Pantone Plastic Standard Chips provideMore »

Four Students Named designext Winners

Four Students Named designext Winners

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–Four student designers have been designated winners of the Surtex designext competition. The winners are Keia Barua of the fibers department at Savannah College of Art and design; Jane Bridges of the department of contemporary surface design and textiles at the Bradford School of Arts & Media in the United Kingdom; Melodie FlookMore »

Walmart Acquires Social-Media Firm Kosmix

Walmart Acquires Social-Media Firm Kosmix

BENTONVILLE, Ark.–Walmart has reached a definitive agreement to purchase Kosmix, a developer of social-media technology—thus signaling its intent to put more resources into its social-networking and mobile-commerce efforts. Based in Mountain View, Calif., Kosmix is the creator of a platform that searches and analyzes connections in real-time data streams, which delivers highly personalized insights toMore »

Wurl Named to Head Merchandising for Big Lots

Wurl Named to Head Merchandising for Big Lots

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Doug Wurl has been appointed executive vice president of merchandising for Big Lots. Wurl thus assumes responsibility for the closeout value retailer’s merchandising organization, and oversees the company’s initiatives toward furthering the scope and breadth of its global sourcing efforts. He reports directly to Steve Fishman, chairman, president and CEO. Bob Segal and StevenMore »

Rogers Promoted to Lead Real-Estate Development with Family Dollar

Rogers Promoted to Lead Real-Estate Development with Family Dollar

MATTHEWS, N.C.–Family Dollar has named Brad Rogers vice president-real estate development, a newly created position. In his new role, Rogers is responsible for directing the discount retailer’s store growth in both new and existing markets. He reports to Keith Gehl, senior vice president-real estate and facilities. Rogers began his career with Family Dollar in 1988More »

One Kings Lane Launches Container Sale

One Kings Lane Launches Container Sale

NEW YORK–One Kings Lane has debuted the Container Sale, a concept featuring unique products from different locations throughout the world. The first Container Sale took place on April 16, and spotlighted housewares and home accessories which were hand-picked by designer Nathan Turner on a trip to India with Susan Feldman, co-founder with Alison Pincus ofMore »

Home Products Part of Target’s Calypso St. Barth Line

Home Products Part of Target’s Calypso St. Barth Line

MINNEAPOLIS-Target has formed a partnership with Calypso St. Barth, the luxury lifestyle brand of resort apparel, to offer a limited-edition collection that will include home furnishings, along with apparel. The collection, called Calypso St. Barth for Target, will be available at Target stores and on target.com from May 1 through June 15. For the home,More »