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  • Walmart.com Accused of Deceptive Made-in-USA Claims

    WalmartWalmart.com has made “numerous” false and deceptive made-in-the-USA claims on products, according to truthinadvertising.org, an advertising watchdog organization. In a statement, the organization said it had found products labeled “Made in the USA” on Walmart’s website, whose packaging indicated “Made in China.” It also found product labels which showed foreign components, More

  • Bon-Ton Enters Sale-Leaseback Agreement

           The Bon-Ton Stores has reached an agreement for a sale-leaseback transaction with CPA:17 Global, a real estate investment trust that is part of the portfolio of W.P. Carey Inc. Valued at $84 million, the transaction encompasses six properties. Bon-Ton plans to use use the proceeds, along with borrowings from its revolving-credit facility, to pay one of its two outstanding mortgages due in April 2016. More

  • Atlanta Debuts New, Expanded Showrooms for Market

           AmericasMart’s product mix continues to expand with new and newly expanded showrooms opening for business at the gift show next month. New showrooms include: Clairmont Designs, Building 2, floor 7, features handmade frames and small gift items handcrafted in the United States; Elizabeth Lucas Company, Building 1, Floor 9, showcases a variety of art, furniture and soft goods More

  • Retail Scorecard: Housewares

    Retail ScorecardWith the July 4 weekend approaching, retailers piled on savings for barbecue equipment last week. At Sears, the Craftsman 4-Piece Barbecue Gift Set could be bought for $19.99, down from $29.99. The Kenmore Stainless Steel 3-Piece Barbecue Set was on sale for $18.04 (was $19.99), and the BBQ Pro 16-Piece BBQ Tool Set was on offer for $21.37, down from $24.99. More

  • HFN Revises Deadline for Las Vegas, NY Now Submissions

    HFN LogoHFN is preparing its editorial coverage of the Las Vegas Market (Aug. 2-6) and NY Now (Aug. 15-19). The revised deadline for submissions is Friday, July 10. Exhibitors are invited to submit information and high-resolution images of debuting products for possible inclusion. Furniture materials can be sent to Maureen Azzato (mazzato@hfnmag.com); rug, lighting and home decor submissions can be sent to Andrea Lillo (alillo@hfnmag.com), More

  • Sears Unveils “Connected Solutions” Flagship Store

    SearsConnectedSolutionsSears is launching a Connected Solutions flagship store to showcase products that can be operated with smart technology. Located here at The Shops at Tanforan, the store features a kitchen, living room, nursery, workout room, garage and outdoor area. The retailer is also expanding its Connected Solutions assortments in hundreds of stores. More

  • Williams-Sonoma Launches Shoppable Videos with Visa Checkout

    WilliamsSonomaVisaCheckoutWilliams-Sonoma is partnering with online checkout service Visa Checkout on a four-part series of YouTube videos using a technology that will enable consumers to shop right off the videos. The series is part of the agreement between Williams-Sonoma and Visa Inc. in which Visa Checkout is now accepted for Williams-Sonoma online purchases. Called “Time to Savor Summer,” More

  • Bed Bath Keys on Expansion in Canada, Mexico

           Bed Bath & Beyond plans to increase its footprints in both Canada and Mexico with new store openings during the current fiscal year. In the conference call detailing its first-quarter financial results, Steven Temares, the retailer’s CEO, said the company will open at least three Bed Bath & Beyond stores in Canada in fiscal 2015. Currently, the retailer has 44 Canada locations, including one buybuy Baby store. More

  • Live from Dallas: Traditional Looks Evolve, Expand

    DallasLightingET2With the Dallas International Lighting Market underway, several vendors feel the mood among attendees is positive.   “We have a good outlook on business,” said Rick Seidman, president and CEO, Quoizel. For the last three markets, his distributors have said they’ve been busy, he said. Quoizel’s sales typically mirror housing starts, so they have been up, he added. More

  • NRF: Families to Spend More on Back-to-School This Year

    NRF2014U.S. families are geared toward increasing their spending on back-to-school and back-to-college in 2015, according to research from the National Retail Federation. Twenty-nine percent of adults with school-age children (ages six to 17) said they would up their back-to-school purchases, compared to 24 percent who said they would put out more dollars on back-to-school last year More

  • Who’s New in Home Furnishings

    dollar generalDollar General has named John Garratt, senior vice president of finance and strategy, as interim chief financial officer, succeeding David Tehle, who announced his retirement in March ... Vandor, which designs and markets licensed consumer goods, appointed Lynn Keller, a 15-year veteran of Vandor, licensing director. More

  • Primula Receives Patent for Cold Brew Coffee Maker

    PrimulaColdBrewEpoca has received design patents on both its Primula Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker and the interchangeable Stainless Steel Brew Core that goes with it. These are the first two patents that Primula has received with a string of other patents pending in this category, according to President Brian Melzer. Tapping into the trend for cold brewed coffee, More