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  • Boyer Names Pier 1 CFO

    Jeffrey BoyerPier 1 Imports has hired Jeffrey Boyer, former executive with Tuesday Morning , as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective July 27. At that time, Boyer will assume charge over Pier 1’s financial operations and accounting, financial reporting, planning and analysis, treasury, tax and investor relations. He will succeed Laura Coffey, who will continue in her current role as interim chief financial officer until Boyer comes aboard. More

  • Good Looks Get Noticed in Dallas

    DallasTotalHomeThe freshest, most innovative and most creative displays won the approval of judges this week at the Total Home & Gift Market. The Best Visual Presentation Awards take place twice a year during the January and June Total Home & Gift Markets. More

  • Vandor Adds Sesame Street License to Lineup

    Sesame StreetVandor is adding Sesame Street tableware and a line of eco-friendly cups and plates made of bamboo to its portfolio of licenses , and is extending its drinkware offerings. The Sesame Street license includes all-time favorite Muppet characters, Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch, who will be featured on Vandor’s regular and insulated shopper totes, 14- and 18-ounce Tritan water bottles and oval-shaped 18-ounce ceramic mugs. More

  • Furniture Today Editor Jay McIntosh Dies at 60

    Jay McIntoshLongtime Furniture Today News Editor Jay McIntosh died Friday, June 26, after battling cancer for two years. He was 60. McIntosh joined Furniture Today in 1991 as a staff writer from the Charlotte Observer in Charlotte, N.C., where he was a business writer. At the Observer, he wrote a personal finance column for several years before covering banks and savings and loans. More

  • 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