Vista Alegre was recently nominated for nine 2016 German Design Awards, an international design competition offered by the German Design Council, which annually elects the top products in the international design sector, according to the company.
Monday August 3rd, 2015 - 11:34AM
The Summer Las Vegas Market kicked off Sunday, August 2, and reflected innovation in many ways. For example, mass-market furniture manufacturers exhibiting at the Las Vegas World Market Center demonstrated that they could provide space-pressed consumers with mirrors that provide storage.
Friday July 31st, 2015 - 4:36PM
Wayfair is selling its Australian-based business to Temple & Webster, the country's top members-only online destination for home goods, the American retailer reported. The wayfair.com.au website will continue to operate under the Wayfair name for 45 days. It then will re-emerge under a new brand name from Temple & Webster.
Friday July 31st, 2015 - 11:13AM
Beginning today, July 31, Walmart is kicking off its "Back to Class Cyber Days" promotion online and on its mobile app, featuring 30% more rollbacks and hundreds of special buys timed to capitalize on what the retailer pinpoints is an online traffic spike as consumers shift from summer to school.
Friday July 31st, 2015 - 10:55AM
Midwest-CBK LLC has appointed Keith Schneider president of the company.
Thursday July 30th, 2015 - 3:24PM
As it looks for new ways to enhance its e-commerce model for home-related products, Wayfair has partnered with paint and painting supplies retailer Sherwin-Williams to launch the Restore & Renew DIY Hub.
Thursday July 30th, 2015 - 12:57PM
Nova of California will feature a portable lighting line dubbed Croc in its Las Vegas World Market Center showroom at the upcoming Summer Las Vegas Market.
Thursday July 30th, 2015 - 11:24AM
In partnership with virtual interior design site Decorist, Cost Plus World Market has launched the Spruce Up Your Space Sweepstakes, which runs through August 30. Shoppers can enter worldmarketsweepstakes.com for a chance to win a World Market $5,000 gift card and a Decorist room makeover with designer Kelli Ellis.
Wednesday July 29th, 2015 - 11:22AM
Ambiente is now accepting applications for the trade show's annual Talents design program. The deadline for applications is October 22 and is free of charge.
Wednesday July 29th, 2015 - 10:33AM
Bed manufacturers Serta, Simmons, Leggett & Platt Co.'s Fashion Bed Group, Symbol Mattress, Magniflex, Glideaway, Knickerbocker and Purecare have renewed their long-term commitment to Las Vegas Market, owner International Market Centers has announced.
Tuesday July 28th, 2015 - 10:36AM
For the second quarter ended June 30, Aaron's, Inc., which leases and sells home furnishings and housewares, posted net earnings of $40.5 million compared with $8.5 million in the prior year period as diluted earnings per share reached 56 cents up from 12 cents. On a non-GAAP basis, net earnings increased to $44.7 million versus $27.2 million for the 2014 quarter, and earnings per share assuming dilution increased to 61 cents compared with 37 cents in the year-prior period.
Monday July 27th, 2015 - 12:20PM
Rite Aid is promoting its back-to-school assortment by focusing on its breadth of merchandise. With stores close to most shoppers' homes, the retailer wants consumers to know it has available deals on a broad range of school supplies such as electronics and dorm room decor.
Monday July 27th, 2015 - 10:02AM
In the back-to-school season, Target is applying research it garnered about Millennials to create a path to reaching student shoppers and their parents. Target developed the Made For U College Styler, a co-created product collection, to help inspire students as they shop for their dorm rooms and apartments.
Thursday July 23rd, 2015 - 1:01PM
At an event set to highlight its annual catalog drop, Ikea focused on something that many might find unexpected: food and the kitchen. Its overarching theme for the current marketing cycle isn't furniture, although furniture fits in, but rather Ikea's evolving position as a whole home lifestyle retailer, which even involves offering vegetarian Swedish meatballs.
Thursday July 23rd, 2015 - 12:40PM
In the aftermath of its Bell'O International Corp. purchase last fall, Twin-Star Home Furnishings is now realigning corporate brands. The company is absorbing Tresanti-label products into the Bell'O brand furniture line, the company announced.
Wednesday July 22nd, 2015 - 1:18PM
NY Now has reported that a "record-breaking" 632 exhibiting companies, of the market’s total of 2,600, will be new or returning to the summer show, which will take place from August 15 to 19 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Wednesday July 22nd, 2015 - 11:52AM
Jet.com is launching a membership-style e-commerce site reminiscent of a warehouse club but with the ambition of beating Amazon.com on price. For $50, members can join and take advantage of prices that the company offers at little or no margin.
Tuesday July 21st, 2015 - 11:48AM
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has launched an exclusive product line of more than 200 new prints and decor items from renowned American artist Susan Winget.
Tuesday July 21st, 2015 - 9:47AM
To better represent the breadth of giftware products presented at NY Now, the trade show has introduced a new logo and tagline— the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift— effective immediately.
Monday July 20th, 2015 - 4:35PM
The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association is hosting its first barbecue conference this year from October 1 to October 2.
Monday July 20th, 2015 - 12:12PM
Craig Staack, vp/home furnishings leasing for International Market Centers, is retiring, the company reported. IMC announced that it has promoted Ryan Mahoney, former furniture leasing director for the campus, to vp/furniture leasing as Staack departs.
Monday July 20th, 2015 - 12:10PM
The July 20 issue of HOMEWORLD BUSINESS® features the 16th annual Impact Merchants special report. Housewares suppliers, representing the categories that HomeWorld covers, once again were asked to nominate buyers and merchandisers believed to have made a significant impact during the past year.
Monday July 20th, 2015 - 11:12AM
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is predicting that the demand for emerging technology, such as smart home and fitness devices, is redefining the consumer electronics landscape, according to its midyear sales and forecast report.
Monday July 20th, 2015 - 10:17AM
Julia Knight, in honor of the company’s 10th anniversary, has created limited edition Tahitian Pearl pieces. The collection is limited to 100 pieces each with a special collector’s backstamp.
Thursday July 16th, 2015 - 12:05PM
As noted yesterday on homeworldbusiness.com, Walmart has taken a lead position in the retail industry when it comes to promoting American manufacturing. However, it isn't alone. Vendors report more interest from many retailers for products made in the United States. At the same time, a number of retailers have launched initiatives that demonstrate their own approach to sourcing products in the U.S.
Wednesday July 15th, 2015 - 12:07PM
Staples will launch its new back-to-school broadcast spots nationally on July 17. In keeping with Staples’ commitment to get shoppers "110%" ready for back-to-school, the campaign features Staples Guy, who was introduced in spots earlier in the year, helping teachers and moms solve stressful back-to-school shopping challenges with selection, value and low prices, the retailer announced.
Wednesday July 15th, 2015 - 11:08AM
During its two-day run last week, Walmart's U.S. Manufacturing Summit focused on furthering the company's $250 billion sourcing initiative by building new connections and effective practices and discovering new products. Still, although its activities are drawing more attention to building consumer goods production in the United States, the retailer isn't alone in developing programs that promote American industry and jobs.
Tuesday July 14th, 2015 - 12:43PM
The expansion of Ikea's Detroit-area store in Canton, MI, is complete, the retailer stated. The Canton store, which opened in 2006, has grown from 311,000 square feet to 355,000 square feet in size.
Tuesday July 14th, 2015 - 11:27AM
International Market Centers has officially launched the Las Vegas Market casual furnishings operation. The home furnishings industry will get to see the operation's debut first hand at the Summer Las Vegas Market, running from Sunday, August 2, through Thursday, August 6.
Tuesday July 14th, 2015 - 10:04AM
Adesso debuted a number of new portable lighting pieces last month at the Dallas International Lighting Market, and the company plans to highlight the lineup at the Summer Las Vegas Market, running from August 2 to 6.
Friday July 10th, 2015 - 3:14PM
Home furnishings and housewares specialist At Home, opened a store in Kenner, LA, yesterday. The 90,000-square-foot store, is the company's first location in Louisiana, the company reported.
Friday July 10th, 2015 - 11:48AM
Conn's reported an overall comparable store sales advance for June. At the same time, the company announced that it had appointed a new CFO, Thomas Moran.
Friday July 10th, 2015 - 11:10AM
Fiskars Corporation has completed the acquisition of the WWRD group of companies from KPS Capital Partners.
Friday July 10th, 2015 - 9:22AM
West Elm has introduced a range of new products as it begins to push for the fall purchasing season. The company announced by email blast that it had rolled out new furniture, lighting, decor and pillows, bedding, rugs, and window treatments, enhancing the communication with direct product category links and click throughs to video and blog presentations.
Thursday July 9th, 2015 - 1:30PM
The Container Store posted a net loss of $5.2 million, or 11 cents per share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, ended May 30, versus a loss of $3.6 million, or seven cents per share, in the year-earlier period. Comparable store sales were down 0.9% versus the first quarter of fiscal 2014, but the company pointed out that, excluding lost sales due to West Coast port delays, comparable store sales would have been approximately flat for the quarter.
Wednesday July 8th, 2015 - 12:02PM
As featured in the July 6 issue of HomeWorld Business, Walmart currently is conducting its U.S. Manufacturing Summit, emphasizing, said Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart vp/U.S. sourcing and manufacturing, that the company is expanding on its intention to assemble “merchants, suppliers and potential suppliers, looking for new products made in the U.S.A. to support American jobs. We're looking for great products. We're also putting together our suppliers and potential suppliers with resources to accelerate U.S. manufacturing."
Tuesday July 7th, 2015 - 6:21PM
Office Depot is launching a Gear Up for School promotion for the back-to-school season that highlights products the retailer asserted pace key trends. Available at Office Depot and OfficeMax stores, products featured in Gear Up for School provide both style and value, the retailer stated.
Tuesday July 7th, 2015 - 2:03PM
For back-to-school, Staples Inc. is working with charity Me to We in support of that organization’s educational partner, Free The Children. A purchase of a Me to We product supports a particular initiative, the retailer announced, so buying a Me to We backpack results in a student overseas receiving school supplies and buying a Me to We notebook results in the delivery of medicine, among other outcomes.
Tuesday July 7th, 2015 - 12:19PM
As featured in the July 6 issue of HomeWorld Business, Made in the U.S.A. has become a diverse, sometimes complicated initiative that while open to some scrutiny can also have rewards for vendors, retailers and consumers, and not just in terms of the immediate, emotional sense.
Thursday July 2nd, 2015 - 4:16PM
Walmart continues to address concerns raised about products it carries that are made in the United States after a watch dog group accused the retailer of “deceptive advertising” in regards to more than 100 domestically manufactured items, a spokesperson for the retailer told homeworldbusiness.com.
Wednesday July 1st, 2015 - 10:21AM
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has promoted Megan Featherston, formerly svp/merchandising, to evp/merchandising and marketing. The company also has hired Amy Parker as svp/marketing and advertising.
Wednesday July 1st, 2015 - 9:28AM
The Casablanca Fan Company has launched an Energy Star-certified Crestmont ceiling fan and an online custom fan configurator.
Tuesday June 30th, 2015 - 2:34PM
Celebrity television host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres has debuted her new lifestyle and home collection, ED, on her website EDbyEllen.com.
Tuesday June 30th, 2015 - 12:42PM
Summer may have just started, but Spencer’s Gifts is already looking toward the start of the fall semester for college students, offering its suggested list of Top-5 "Dorm Essentials," which includes an array of housewares and home products.
Tuesday June 30th, 2015 - 10:15AM
The Ikea PS 2014 pendant lamp has received an Honorable Mention in the Red Dot Award 2015 design competition, the retailer reported.
Monday June 29th, 2015 - 11:06AM
After initially doing so at the start of this year, Ikea U.S. will again raise its minimum hourly wage in existing stores, the company announced. As of January 1, 2016, the average minimum hourly wage paid in Ikea U.S. stores will grow from $10.76 to $11.87, a $1.11 or 10.3% increase that results in remittance of $4.62 above the current federal minimum wage.
Wednesday June 24th, 2015 - 2:41PM
Ikea is preparing to build a new store in the parking lot of its existing location in Renton, WA. The company will replace the current location with a new facility on the same lot so it can continue serving customers during the location makeover, the retailer announced.
Wednesday June 24th, 2015 - 12:59PM
The Container Store is launching a lifestyle blog dubbed Container Stories at containerstore.com/blog. It will feature storage and organization solutions at work in customer and employee homes and share tips, advice and new product sneak peeks.
Wednesday June 24th, 2015 - 12:22PM
Staples is promoting a 110% "Lowest Price Guarantee" and up to 5% back in Staples Rewards purchase program as it stakes a claim to back to school spending.
Wednesday June 24th, 2015 - 11:17AM
In a new marketing initiative designed to pair its online operation with the lifestyles of media notables, Wayfair will host the exclusive debut of country singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe’s new song and, at the same time, feature the redesign of her writer's room.
Tuesday June 23rd, 2015 - 7:34AM
Evolving To Stay Relevant
Two recent conversations stand out when it comes to how some in the housewares industry share a cynical view of the evolving role of retail buyers.
Two recent conversations stand out when it comes to how some in the housewares industry share a cynical view of the evolving role of retail buyers.
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