Retail

Vendors on Board for Hotel Show

Vendors on Board for Hotel Show

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–Next month’s International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) will feature both exhibitors from past shows and newcomers in the home-furnishings industry. Among the exhibitors in the home area are Electrolux Professional, Standard Textile and Tempur-Pedic—all of which will return to the show after a brief absence, according to GLM, owner and managerMore »

Home Retailers, Vendors Partner in St. Jude Hospital Campaign

Home Retailers, Vendors Partner in St. Jude Hospital Campaign

MEMPHIS, Tenn.–Home specialty retailer HomeGoods and the Trump Hotel Collection are among the new partners in this year’s Thanks and Giving campaign by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The annual holiday-focused effort builds awareness and raises funds for research to help children fight cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Among the returning partners are Kmart, Target,More »

New Year Brings New Opportunities at AmericasMart

New Year Brings New Opportunities at AmericasMart

ATLANTA—The New Year will bring new categories and new companies to the January 2011 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market with the launch of four new and newly re-branded product centers and the introduction of more than 500 names among the 2,500 companies in the Temporaries. Debuting in the Market Temporaries are HD Home,More »

Consumer Confidence Index Improves in Oct.

Consumer Confidence Index Improves in Oct.

NEW YORK–The Consumer Confidence Index finished this month at 50.2, up from 48.6 in September. The key indicator, which is compiled each month by The Conference Board, rose based on slight increases in its two component indexes, Present Situation and Expectations. The former edged up 0.6 point to 23.9, while the latter gained 2.3 pointsMore »

Sourcela to Open at L.A. Mart

Sourcela to Open at L.A. Mart

LOS ANGELES–The L.A. Mart Design Center will debut Sourcela, a section that will spotlight the southern California region’s artisans, on Nov. 15. Measuring more than 3,000 square feet, Sourcela will present limited-edition and new-to-market home furnishings, objects and art that are intended to show what’s new in California design. Matt Locke, an editor and expertMore »

WSL Survey: Shoppers Have Adopted “Cautious” Outlook

Shoppers

NEW YORK–Consumers responding to a survey conducted by WSL Strategic Retail indicated that they are returning to spending—but with a wary mindset. The concerns are evident from the participants’ answers to key questions about the economy. According to WSL’s annual How America Shops: The Pulse of Shopping Life study, 37 percent of the participants saidMore »

Licensing Gallery to Return to Gift Fair

Licensing Gallery to Return to Gift Fair

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–The Licensing Gallery will return to the New York International Gift Fair for three days during the winter Gift Fair, from Jan. 29 through Jan. 31, 2011. The gallery is a business-to-business forum offering manufacturers of home products an opportunity to view art and design from a select group of exhibitors at Surtex,More »

Brookstone Forms Wholesale and Licensing Division

Brookstone Forms Wholesale and Licensing Division

MERRIMACK, N.H.–Brookstone has launched a Wholesale and Licensing Division to seek out licensing partners for expanding the availability of its product line. Ron Boire, Brookstone’s president and chief executive officer, said the new division will develop relationships with retailers and manufacturers throughout the world, with the goal of extending the reach of the Brookstone brand. More »