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  • Bed Bath & Beyond’s Klein Leaves Company

           Art Klein, a merchandising executive with Bed Bath & Beyond, has left the retailer, according to a spokeswoman for the company. Klein had served as divisional merchandise manager for housewares for the specialty retailer, and was in that post for several years. More

  • Atlanta Gift Show Gets Underway

           It’s opening day of The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market here at AmericasMart, and buyers from all over the country are gathering to see the latest offerings in tabletop, gifts and home decor. Permanent showrooms are open through Tuesday July 14. Temporary showroom will be open July 9-13. More

  • Dollar Tree, Family Dollar Tie the Knot

    Dollar TreeDollar Tree has completed its acquisition of Family Dollar, creating a single retail entity with 2014 estimated home furnishings sales of $1.7 billion. According to HFN market research, Dollar Tree’s home sales rose 9.6 percent to $685 million last year, while Family Dollar’s home sales slipped 2.6 percent to $985 million. The combined company has more than 13,000 stores in 48 states and five Canadian provinces with combined total sales exceeding $19 billion. More

  • Gold Leaf Design Names Herman Sales Manager

    Bruce HermanGold Leaf Design Group has named Bruce Herman national sales manager, a new position at the company. Herman will oversee the continued expansion of Gold Leaf’s customer outreach and sales force, working to strengthen already existing relationships and develop new business opportunities and markets. He reports to Darren DeMatoff, one of the principals of the company. More

  • Surya Launches Contest to Highlight Customers’ Design Projects

    Surya SpacesSurya has launched its Surya Spaces contest, inviting its customers to submit photos of their best design projects featuring Surya rugs and accessories for the chance to win up to $1,000. The contest runs through August 15 and is intended to promote the design talent of Surya customers while also highlighting the creative ways in which the brand’s products can be coordinated to build inspired spaces. More

  • Atlanta Market Schedule Includes Rug Events

    AmericasMartBuilding1The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, which includes the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, offers a comprehensive schedule of both educational and social events for attendees, and several of them focus on the rug category. Listed below, they all take place in Building 1 at AmericasMart. More

  • Serta Dumps Trump Amid Controversial Statements

    Serta will highlight the limited-edition Trump Home Luxury Mattress and unveil a major national promotional campaign that will take place during Labor Day. sertanational.comSerta has become one of the latest companies to end its relationship with Donald Trump after the presidential candidate made critical comments about Mexican immigrants. Serta has been providing mattresses for the Trump Home mattress collection to select retailers in the United States and Canada through ... More

  • Libbey Unveils State-of-the-Art Process with Perfect Signature Line

    LibbeyLibbey Inc. has debuted a new manufacturing process that creates the most brilliant and strongest soda lime glassware to be produced in the United States, the company said. The new line, called Perfect Signature, is a new ... More

  • Swiss Diamond Partners with Goodwill on Buyback Program

           Cookware manufacturer Swiss Diamond has partnered with nonprofit organization Goodwill on a nationwide buyback program. From now until Sept. 30, consumers who donate a piece of cookware to a Swiss Diamond retailer will receive $20 off purchases of ... More

  • John Larsen Leases Downtown Tacoma Space for Paramount Showroom

    Sound Sleep Products recently leased more than 4,000 square feet of showroom space in downtown Tacoma, Wash., to house John Larsen’s newest licensed product, Paramount Sleep. Paramount Sleep is the latest license to be acquired by Larsen, who purchased The Oregon Mattress Company of Newberg, Ore., in January and also operates ... More

  • Retail Scorecard: Indoor Grills

    Retail ScorecardThe fact that we have entered the season for outdoor grilling doesn’t mean that there aren’t some deals available for indoor countertop grills. Unsurprisingly, the George Foreman indoor-grill brand was featured prominently by Macy’s, Boscov’s and Younkers last week. At Macy’s ... More

  • Bed Bath & Beyond Annual Meeting Emphasizes a Lot of More ... and Some Less

           More products, more channels, more targeted marketing. In fact more of everything ... with the exception of a lot more stores. If not quite the mantra at this year’s Bed Bath & Beyond annual shareholders meeting here, the giant retailer’s stepped-up efforts to expand its products offerings, ramp up its online business and use more precision in its couponing and other marketing efforts were big parts of its message. More