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  • Target Outlines Change Strategy; Home a Key Category

    TargetYesterday’s meeting with financial analysts gave Target the opportunity to spell out its strategy to transform its business, including its home department. Brian Cornell, president and CEO, said, “Redefining Target will require a renewed emphasis on prioritization and innovation, and above all else, putting our guests first in everything we do.” More

  • Macy’s Targets Millennials

    Jeff GennetteSpeaking to an investor conference here yesterday, Macy’s Inc. President Jeff Gennette touched on Macy’s strategy to capture millennial households – and mentioned a couple of competitors including Home Goods and Bed Bath & Beyond.At the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2015 Consumer & Retail Conference, Gennette said Macy’s is working to leverage its bridal registry to make life-long customers of young couples across multiple product categories. More

  • Walmart, Target, Williams-Sonoma Among Top Companies for Executive Women

    NAFEThe National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) has cited Walmart, Target and Williams-Sonoma among the top 50 companies for executive women in 2015. The companies that appear on the list “work hard to nurture corporate cultures that welcome and celebrate women at the executive level,” NAFE said. The organization credited Target for its “great perks,” including day-care discounts, concierge services and tuition assistance. More

  • Las Vegas Market, Gourmet Catalog Partner for Summer Market

    Las Vegas MarketLas Vegas Market has forged a partnership with Gourmet Catalog Buying Group to support the launch of the new C11 showroom floor dedicated to gourmet housewares, tabletop and specialty food lines for its summer market.“Las Vegas Market is delighted to be working with Gourmet Catalog to develop exclusive and individualized at-market activities for its western members,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. More

  • Swissmar Appoints Reid and Bitton to Sales Positions

    Eric ReidHousewares company Swissmar has named Erik Reid as director of sales, responsible for U.S. sales and for building the company’s presence in the U.S. market. In addition, the company has appointed Andre Bitton as regional sales manager, reporting to Reid. More

  • StoreBound Renews Maytag License

    StoreBound2014StoreBound said it is extending its license agreement for irons with Whirlpool’s Maytag brand for an unspecified multiyear term.The company has been producing Maytag irons since 2011. Kelley Rich, Whirlpool’s licensing category manager, said StoreBound “has done an outstanding job of extending the laundry heritage of the Maytag brand into the steam-iron category.” More

  • C-CAP to Support Students in Chicago

    C-CAPOn Sunday, Mar. 8, during the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, the Culinary Futures cocktail hour and silent auction will take place to support Careers Through Culinary Arts program (C-CAP). Hosted by HIC, Harold Import Co., Conimer Corporation, Primula, Fletchers’ Mill and R.S.V.P. International, Inc., the sixth annual event brings together industry professionals and friends to benefit C-CAP. More

  • Victoria Installs DISA Foundry, Rolls Out Revamped Packaging

    VictoriaVictoria, a Columbia-based, family-owned cookware company, recently added a foundry to increase efficiency and updated its packaging to appeal to a wider market. It will exhibit at the upcoming International Home + Housewares Show in booth S4020.Victoria’s new DISA foundry cost several million dollars, said Bibi Nucci, general manager, Creative Home and Kitchen, the U.S. and Canadian sales and marketing office for Victoria’s parent company, Mecanicos Unidos. More

  • IMC Announces Roster of Seminars for High Point Market

    IMC_logoWEB.International Market Centers is bringing a series of original design and trend-focused programming to High Point Market this April with a lineup of seminars. “Our goal is to offer quality programming from leaders in the design field that attendees can’t find elsewhere,” said Karen Olson, IMC’s senior vice president of marketing. “We look for design leaders who provide a diversity of knowledge and expertise to help deliver cutting-edge, relevant information.” More

  • Best Buy FY Net More Than Doubles

           Strong expense controls resulting from its Renew Blue program led Best Buy to a 131.8 percent increase in net income, to $1.2 billion, for its fiscal year ending on Jan. 31.First unveiled in November 2012, Renew Blue is the retailer’s initiative toward improving its business through increased sales and profitability, enhanced in-store and multichannel environments, attracting and developing new corporate leaders and energizing employees. More

  • Kate Spade Adds Licenses for Rugs, Bedding, Furniture, Housewares and More

    Kate SpadeKate Spade & Company is expanding its growing home category with four new licensing agreements under the kate spade new york brand: bedding and bath with home textiles company DWI Holdings; furniture with EJ Victor; fabric and wallpaper with Kravet; and rugs with Jaipur. The collections will debut between May 2015 and spring 2016 at fine retailers, interior design showrooms and on katespade.com. More

  • EveryWare Global Hires New SVP, CFO

    EveryWare GlobaEveryWare Global, Inc. said it will appoint Robert M. Ginnan senior vice president and chief financial officer in April. Ginnan comes to EveryWare Global after more than two decades with Standard Register, a publicly traded company in the digital and traditional print industries. During his six-year tenure as Standard Register’s chief financial officer, he was responsible for all internal and external financial reporting including treasury, banking and investor relations, EveryWare said. More