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  • With uptick in economy, NRF reboots annual forecast

    Washington – Seeing evidence pointing to improved consumer confidence, the National Retail Federation today raised its forecast for this year’s all-important second half.

  • Cotton Leads touts growth

    New York – Membership in Cotton Leads has surpassed 200 members, including retailers and manufacturers. The program was created in 2013 by Cotton Incorporated and Cotton Australia to ensure brands, retailers and manufacturers are sourcing cotton that is grown in a responsible and transparent manner.

  • Muji app, neck pillow help consumers rest

    Tokyo - Muji has released a mobile app developed to help people relax and fall asleep in conjunction with its international top-selling Well-Fitted Neck Cushion.

  • Jennifer Adams launches YouTube Channel

    Scottsdale, Ariz. – Lifestyle guru Jennifer Adams, who has a growing line of branded home décor products spanning furniture to textiles, today launches her new YouTube channel, where she is featuring 1.5- to 3-minute video shorts about quick and simple home décor projects.

  • Find elusive online consumer at Future Leadership conference

    New Orleans — The online consumer can be a mysterious creature, prowling the streets of the Internet by night, searching for product at an ideal price.

  • Cotton price 69 cents

    New York – Tuesday’s end-of-day price on Cotton #2 futures for October contracts was 69 cents. The price on December contracts was 68 cents.

  • Target tries to make the grade with new BTC season promos

    Minneapolis -- Target Corp. has partnered with four YouTube channel personalities as well as with Design Hunter L.A. founder Veronica Valencia to develop and launch a new YouTube video series around the back-to-school/college promotional season.

  • Ross rolls out more units

    Dublin, Calif. – Ross Stores this summer is opening 23 Ross units and seven dd’s Discounts stores in 17 states, part of the plan to open a total of 75 Ross and 20 dd’s this year.

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  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    July 21, 2014

    T-Minus 8 weeks and counting

    Yipee! It’s the middle of summer. Depending on where you live, that means your tomatoes are already coming in or are just about to. Summer fruits are reaching their succulent peak. And if you’re a Mid-Atlantic beach goer, the ocean temperature is finally tolerable. If you are a home textiles sort who swims with the sharks in the volume retail business, today marks eight weeks until the opening of the New York Home Fashions Market in September. Sorry to burst your bubble. But then again, I’m sure this isn’t news. You’ve already been busy previewing ...

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  • Cecile Corral

    On The Beat

    Cecile Corral

    July 21, 2014

    Breaking through

    In the span of one week, I came across two unusual marketing tactics that made me stop and pay attention to what was being offered to me, the consumer. That’s a big deal in an age when we are constantly – all day, everywhere – being bombarded by advertising for everything from Botox to a new Buick, which by the way “sure doesn’t look like a Buick” as its new TV ad promises. Wait – make that three ads that gave me pause! The first “ad” I noticed in my hotel room at the Westin in downtown Atlanta earlier this month ...

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  • Warren Shoulberg

    Home Alone 3

    Warren Shoulberg

    July 21, 2014

    Why Is Business Bad?

      With Wall Street getting higher than folks in Colorado, the housing market racing to recover and banks earning more money than ever, it’s amazing how many vendors in the home business still keep complaining about how bad business is. Not Recession-bad – much less Depression-bad – but not nearly as good as it should be given how other parts of the economy are doing. Yet nobody has a real good answer as to why this is. So as a public service I offer the following possible explanations: Much of the retail base of the textiles and housewares business has its own ...

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  • Jennifer Karp

    In The Mix

    Jennifer White Karp

    July 15, 2014

    You need this gadget more than you know

     Maybe it was the long deep cold of the Polar Vortex, or maybe it was all the weight some of us gained waiting out the long winter – but there seems to be an even deeper appreciation this year for summer’s fresh fruits and vegetables. What’s key to this year’s fresh food love fest? Gadgets and gizmos. Many current summer recipes would not be possible – or just not as palatable – without some special gadgets, like this one from Cordon Bleu-trained chef and food writer Nancy Duran on how to make Squash Ribbons with Prosciutto. In her recipe, she ...

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