Retail

A Conversation with Sue Kronick

A Conversation with Sue Kronick

“When I started at Bloomingdale’s I knew that the customer in Brooklyn didn’t buy patterns with birds.”   By Warren Shoulberg  Sue Kronick has never been bashful about speaking her mind. Whether she was detailing to a vendor why a certain decision had been made about that company’s products or telling a cub reporter whyMore »

Trade Show Preview: Up in the Air

Trade Show Preview: Up in the Air

The second half of the trade- show year is packed with must-see events, so start planning those business trips. Visit hfnmag.com/calendar for a full schedule, dates and contact  information. HousewaresFirst up is the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, from July 14 through July 21, which has featured the Gourmet/Housewares Product Center since JanuaryMore »

The Many Aisles of Vera Wang

The Many Aisles of Vera Wang

Spanning all the way from couture to Kohl’s, the iconic bridal brand marks its 20-year anniversary The special occasion Vera Wang is most often identified with is a wedding, but this year is different: the most special special occasion for her is an anniversary … as in the 20th anniversary of the designer’s debut inMore »

Free Webinar: How to Color the Recovery

Free Webinar: How to Color the Recovery

NEW YORK–Pantone color experts Lee Eiseman and Brooks Tippett will discuss how color can jump-start sales and improve profitability during HFN’s first-ever Webinar, scheduled for June 16 at noon. HFN Editor-in-Chief Warren Shoulberg will moderate the conversation, which is free to qualified members of the home-furnishings industry. Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute,More »

Retail Container Traffic Forecast to Rise 15 Percent in June

Retail Container Traffic Forecast to Rise 15 Percent in June

WASHINGTON–Import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports will increase by 15 percent this month over June 2009, according to a projection by the National Retail Federation and consulting firm Hackett Associates. The monthly Global Port Tracker report said container traffic this month should total 1.16 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEU). The TEUMore »

HSN2 to Premiere in August

HSN2 to Premiere in August

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.–HSN will debut HSN2, a second 24-hour television channel, on Aug. 1 on the DISH Network. The programming on the new channel will offer consumers an assortment of encore airings of HSN’s shows, products, brands and personalities, according to a statement from the television retailer. The second channel will be either complementary orMore »

Free Webinar: How to Color the Recovery

Free Webinar: How to Color the Recovery

NEW YORK–Pantone color experts Lee Eiseman and Brooks Tippett will discuss how color can jump-start sales and improve profitability during HFN’s first-ever Webinar, scheduled for June 16 at noon. HFN Editor-in-Chief Warren Shoulberg will moderate the conversation, which is free to qualified members of the home-furnishings industry. Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute,More »

Retail Sales Slip in May

Retail Sales Slip in May

WASHINGTON–Sales at U.S. retailers finished May at $362.5 billion, down 1.2 percent from April sales, according to the monthly report from the U.S. Census Bureau released this morning. Although May sales fell back in comparison with April, they still rose 6.9 percent compared to May of 2009. Looking at the different distribution channels, sales atMore »