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  • Bottom Line Rolls for Big Lots in Q1

    BigLotsstorefrontBig Lots posted a 13 percent jump in income from continuing operations in its first quarter, which totaled $32.3 million. Including losses from discontinued operations for both this year and last year, the retailer’s bottom line actually took an 862 percent leap to $32.2 million. The loss from discontinued operations in last year’s first quarter was $25.2 million, compared to just $95,000 this year. More

  • Wayfair Tabs Delinsky as Tech Chief

    DelinskyJeremyJeremy Delinsky has joined Wayfair as chief technology officer, overseeing the online retailer’s engineering team and technology projects. Delinsky reports directly to Steve Conine, co-founder and co-chairman of Wayfair, who had been serving as chief technology officer. According to a Wayfair spokeswoman, Conine will continue to be involved in the company’s technology sector More

  • Pride Family Brands Ups Rehmert, Hires Gremmer

    GremmerErwinIn two key personnel moves, Pride Family Brands has promoted Rory Rehmert to senior vice president of sales and marketing, and has named Erwin Gremmer vice president of sales. In his new role, Rehmert continues to lead the company’s entire sales and marketing efforts, including the coordination of its independent sales representative force. More

  • Zuo Modern to Open Larger Facility in Mexico

    ZuoWarehouseZuo Modern will open a new corporate office and warehouse here this summer for its Zuo Mexico division. San Leandro, Calif.-based Zuo broke ground on the 50,000-square-foot facility three months ago. Once fully operational, it will have the capacity to fulfill orders for Mexico and South America with output similar to Zuo USA’s 60,000-square-foot Miami facility, which More

  • Hermitage Lighting Gallery Expands to Fourth Generation

    FleischerMattMatt Fleischer, son of Hermitage Lighting Gallery President and Owner Jack Fleischer, has joined the company as account manager for the company’s national accounts division. Fleischer’s hiring transforms Hermitage into a fourth-generation family business. Working out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he will be responsible for managing Hermitage’s corporate accounts and for expanding the business with those accounts. More

  • Seminars, Events and Awards Planned for NY Now

    NYNowlogoA full slate of educational sessions covering a broad gamut of business strategies will enrich the market experience for participants in this summer’s NY Now. Leading industry experts will dissect practically every aspect of business operations—social media marketing, visual merchandising, tax preparation, demographic analysis, importing advice—and share savvy, actionable strategies. More

  • Surtex 2015 Edition “Successful,” Says Emerald Expositions

    Surtex 2015Emerald Expositions, owner and manager of Surtex, said this year’s edition, which took place from May 17-19, was successful for the exhibiting artists, designers and licensing agents who exhibited at the show. Liz Crawford, Emerald Expositions vice president and group show director, said, “The common denominator, amid such a wide variety of styles and themes More

  • Vasos to Succeed Dreiling as Dollar General CEO

    Todd VasosTodd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief operating officer, will succeed Rick Dreiling as CEO on June 3. Vasos has also been elected to the retailer’s board of directors. Dreiling will remain on the board and will continue to serve as chairman through Jan. 29, 2016, in line with his previously stated retirement plans. “The board and I are confident that Todd is the right leader for the future growth of Dollar General,” Dreiling said. More

  • Costco Q3 Net Gains 9.1 Percent

           Although sales rose modestly in the quarter, Costco was able to boost its third-quarter net income by 9.1 percent to $516 million. Net sales in the quarter, which ended on May 10, edged up 1.1 percent to $25.5 billion, including 1 percent decrease in total company same-club sales. In the United States, same-club sales were up 1 percent, but for the international locations, same-club sales fell 6 percent. More

  • Belk Q1 Net Climbs 13 Percent as Online Fuels Sales

           With its e-commerce operation providing juice to its top line, Belk Inc. reported a 13 percent increase in first-quarter net income, to $21.8 million. Total net sales in the quarter, which ended on May 2, were up 3.1 percent to $985 million, including a 3.3 percent gain in same-store sales. Online sales from belk.com jumped 36.7 percent in the period, helping to bolster both total and same-store sales. More

  • Dallas Preps Lighting Event Lineup

    DallasMarketCenterlogoNext month’s Dallas International Lighting Market will mark the debut of new educational events, networking opportunities and industry excellence recognition. New showrooms making their debut during Market include DALS Lighting, TM-3325 and Core Lighting, TM 4432.02. Dallas Market Center will honor outstanding retailers in the lighting industry during the sixth annual Showroom of the Year Awards, held on Wednesday, June 24 at 6 p.m. in TM fourth floor Loft. More

  • Las Vegas Market Pavilions Draw New Exhibitors

    Las Vegas MarketLas Vegas Market will showcase new resources among the hundreds of exhibitors to debut in The Pavilions at Summer Las Vegas Market, the newly restructured and reimagined temporary exhibits premiering Aug. 2-5. In addition to products featured in The Pavilions’ four broad categories—Gift, Home, Design and Handmade—are new concentrations of high-end social stationery, childrens’ products and design-driven resources. More