Author Matthew Kramer

Retail
Amazon To Open Fulfillment Center In Little Rock

Amazon plans to open its first fulfillment center in Little Rock, Arkansas. The new fulfillment center, which is anticipated to launch in 2021, will create over 1,000 new full-time jobs, the company said.

Retail
Walmart Open Call Event Supports U.S. Manufacturing

The application process for Walmart’s seventh annual Open Call is open, and the company invites entrepreneurs dreaming of landing their U.S.-manufactured products on Walmart shelves to apply for the opportunity to meet with Walmart buyers on October 1, 2020, via virtual pitch meetings. 

Retail
Sur La Table Files Chapter 11

Sur La Table has filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey to consummate a restructuring and going-concern sale of the company, subject to court approval.

Appliances
Hoover Unveils SmartWash Pet Carpet Cleaner

TTI Floor Care North America has unveiled an enhanced version of its Hoover SmartWash automatic carpet cleaner. The new Pet version offers easy-to-use, deep-cleaning technology with new features to tackle carpet and upholstery cleaning needs of households with pets.

Trade Shows
IHA Market Watch Webinar Series Examines Key Consumer Lifestyle Trends

Housewares product developers or retailers looking for guidance on where to focus critical resources in the coming months and years can find some insights in a new webinar series from the International Housewares Association. The six-part series, which runs Tuesday and Thursdays July 9-28 and features the newly created IHA Market Watch report, offers a deep-dive into each of five key consumer lifestyle trends, highlights shifts in light of the pandemic and includes implications for both suppliers and retailers.

Retail
Crate & Barrel Names Hayes CEO

Janet Hayes will be joining Crate & Barrel Holdings, Inc. on August 1 as its new CEO. A seasoned executive with over 25 years of retail experience, Hayes brings a track record of developing and repositioning brands with deep expertise in the home category. Between 2013 and 2019 she was president of the Williams-Sonoma brand.

Retail
Montgomery Leaving Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel said that after six successful years with the Otto Group— first as a member of the executive board of the Otto Group responsible for retail and later as CEO of Crate & Barrel Holdings— Neela Montgomery has decided to leave the company on August 1 to pursue new opportunities.

Retail
Report: Amazon To Buy Startup Zoox

According to a recent media report, Amazon has reportedly agreed to buy self-driving startup Zoox Inc. in a deal worth more than $1 billion that gives the company options to use autonomous technology in either ride-hailing or its delivery network.

Appliances
iRobot Gains Sales Momentum

iRobot said it has experienced stronger-than-expected orders during the second quarter as consumers are increasingly relying on Roomba robot vacuums and Braava robot mops to address their home floor care needs.

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