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    Warren Shoulberg

    June 20, 2016

    The Limited

    No, not the fashion apparel store, but the increasing trend of retailers offering limited editions products and collections to create a sense of urgency on the part of shoppers. The latest example is Ikea, which has been otherwise well known for very long runs on benchmark products, some of which it has been selling for decades. Last week it announced it would be bringing a short-run, limited edition line of bedding, rugs and decorative accessories created by Belgian designer Walter Van Beirendonck into its U.S. stores this month. It’s a pretty radical idea for this particular retailer but ...

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  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    June 20, 2016

    Running the Numbers

    Do retail sales really shrink during presidential election years? That piece of commonly held wisdom came up recently in conversation with a utility bedding manufacturer. So let’s look at the numbers. 2004: Total retail sales up 9.9%, but this was the era of “irrational exuberance” and the country was still pumping air into the housing bubble. 2008: Up just 0.6%, but it was the year of the crash and onset of the Great Recession. 2012: Up 3.7%, which outpaced the 10-year average of 2.7% 2016: The National Retail Federation is projecting growth of 3.1 ...

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  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    June 6, 2016

    The next big idea

    Have you noticed how many retailers are wheedling their way into consumers’ homes? I mean that literally. On a variety of fronts, retailers are exploring sales opportunities that extend beyond merchandise. JCPenney will soon dip a toe into the installed carpet and flooring business through a pilot with Empire Today at its stores in Tampa, Fla., and Washington, D.C. The store-within-a-store concept will be staffed by Empire Today’s floor specialists, who will also run the installation piece of the business. What’s the lure for Penney? The retailer’s research found that consumers tend to purchase window treatments ...

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Business Annual 2016

HTT Business Annual 2016

This year’s Business Annual presents the world of home textiles…in your hand. The exclusive report presents the never-before published Top 15 Home Textiles Manufacturer ranking and an overview of the textiles market by channel and distribution channel. See the issue.

Heimtex Videos

Lenzing Videos for Heimtextil

In their final video report from Frankfurt, H&TT editors Jennifer Marks and Warren Shoulberg explore the issue of sustainable, responsible home textiles. See the videos! Sponsored by Lenzing.

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