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  • Victorinox to Launch Butchering Collection with Pat LaFrieda

    Pat LaFriedaVictorinox Swiss Army is launching a Home Butchering knife collection with the endorsement of Master Butcher Pat LaFrieda. The Victorinox Swiss Army Home Butchering collection, which will be showcased at the International Home + Housewares Show here later this week, brings its commercial Fibrox Pro cutlery line to consumers, along with a how-to video educational series targeting novice and seasoned at-home butchering enthusiasts. More

  • Capel Rugs Receives Houzz Award for Customer Satisfaction

           Capel Rugs has received a Best Of Houzz 2015 award for customer satisfaction from Houzz, the home remodeling and design site. Each year, the Best of Houzz title is awarded to outstanding members of the home improvement industry for design and customer satisfaction, voted on by more than 25 million monthly unique users. Winners were selected from among more than 500,000 designers, contractors, home-remodel companies, product sources and other professionals that are active on the website. More

  • Surtex Sets Conference Program

    Surtex 2015The Surtex trade show for the selling and licensing of original art and design has scheduled its conference program for the upcoming show, scheduled for May 17-19 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The programs will be presented in three tracks: Core, Advanced and Trend & Beyond. The Core series, scheduled for May 17, will include two seminars. More

  • Container Store Makes Fortune List of Best Companies to Work For

    Container StoreThe Container Store finished 27th on Fortune magazine’s list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. According to a Container Store statement, this marks the 16th straight year it has finished on this list. Kip Tindell, the company’s chairman and CEO, said, “Our focus has always been maintaining our ‘yummy’ culture by putting our employees first in everything that we do.” More

  • Retail Scorecard: Cookware

    Retail ScorecardNEW YORK-As part of an overall 30-50 percent off sales event for home products, J.C. Penney offered some deals on cookware, including two Epicurious collections. The Epicurious 11-piece Aluminum Nonstick Cookware set was priced down to $159.99 from $320. The Epicurious 11-piece Hard-Anodized Cookware Set could be had for $179.99 (was $360). More

  • Costco Q2 Net Gains 29.2 Percent

           Increased sales and a tax benefit in connection with a special cash dividend helped drive Costco’s second-quarter net income up 29.2 percent to $598 million. According to Richard Galanti, the warehouse-club retailer’s chief financial officer, Costco’s bottom line benefited from a $57 million tax benefit in connection with a special cash dividend to the company’s 401-K plan participants, issued in February. More

  • Revenue—and Losses—Gain at Wayfair

           Wayfair ended its fiscal year on Dec. 31 with impressive gains in net revenue for both the year and the fourth quarter. However, the red ink on its bottom line deepened for both periods as the online retailer continues to plow money into customer acquisition. Net sales for the year climbed 44 percent to $1.3 billion, following a 38.4 percent increase in fourth-quarter sales to $408.6 million. More

  • Kas Rugs Bolsters Sales Team, Promotes Reiss

    Vee CurfmanKas Rugs has boosted its sale team with two promotions and one addition. Wendy Reiss, who has been with Kas for more than 14 years, has been named vice president of sales and national accounts. In addition, the company has appointed Vee Curfman sales manager for the South and Midwest territories and Sandy Ford as sales manager for the East and West coast territories. More

  • NPD: Millennials Boosting Share of Small Appliance Sales

    npdlogoMillennial consumers are growing their market share in the market for small kitchen appliances, according to new research by The NPD Group. Last year, the under-35 age group accounted for 26 percent of the $6.2 billion small appliance market, up from 21 percent in 2013. This demographic was also the only one to increase its sales last year as well, NPD said. More

  • Taylor Dayne and Christopher Cross to Perform at High Point Market

    Taylor DayneThe Spring High Point Market’s Stars Under the Stars series will feature Taylor Dayne and Christopher Cross. Dayne will play High Point Market’s Center Stage on Saturday, April 18. More

  • Housewares and Gifts Come Together at IHHS

    home_housewareShow_2015.jpgConvergence: How Housewares and Giftware Are Coming Together ... And Loving It” is the theme for a first-time panel discussion scheduled for Sunday, March 8, noon-1 p.m., during the International Home + Housewares Show. Retailers and suppliers from both the housewares and gift industries will join in for the session, which will look at how the overlap in the two product classifications is growing. More

  • ZoLi Enters Housewares Category

    ZoLiJuvenile products maker ZoLi is expanding into housewares and will debut several products at the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago later this week “Since we launched ZoLi nearly seven years ago, customers and retailers have repeatedly asked us if we’re planning to make our products for adults. 2015 is it,” said Julianna Shaw, founder and CEO. More