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Welspun certified for Egyptian Cotton Gold Seal
Mumbai – Welspun has received the Egyptian Cotton Gold Seal in three product categories, part of a new DNA-based authentication program designed to rid the supply chain of falsely labelled goods.
January overall retail sales notch up
Washington – January was a solid month for retail sales, although not a big winner for home furnishings and furniture.
Bob Mackie on the red carpet at SAG Awards
Los Angeles – Designer to the stars – and Kas rugs in the home space – Bob Mackie was on hand here when Carol Burnett was honored with the Screen Actor’s Guild’s Life Achievement Award.
New High Point Market app promises ease of navigation, exhibitor search
High Point, N.C. — A mobile phone app that will allow High Point Market attendees to better navigate the event’s complex network of showroom buildings is set to launch in early April.
Cotton price 58 cents
New York – Thursday’s end-of-day price on Cotton #2 futures for March contracts was 58 cents. The price on May contracts was 59 cents.
Deadline extended for NY Market coverage
New York – The deadline has been extended to submit new product information for coverage in H&TT’s big New York Home Fashions Market issue.
Wayfair: ‘We are a mass market retailer’
San Francisco – Wayfair’s cfo talks about pulling sales from big box stores, creating proprietary brands and the “gigantic, secular, systemic trend of the movement from brick-and-mortar to online.”
Future Leadership Conference gets new name, location for 2016
High Point, N.C. — Progressive Business Media has rebranded its Future Leadership Conference for 2016 and is announcing a new format and venue for the event.
- NC State wins Innovation Fund grant for weaving
- Laura Ashley inks license with Downlite
- Protect-A-Bed expands lines in Las Vegas
- Bob Mackie on the red carpet at SAG Awards
- Crypton hires Michael Grigat for R&D post, promotes Hardy Sullivan
- Evine Live shakes up leadership
Business Annual 2016
February 1, 2016Have you heard? Brick-and-mortar retail stores are kaput, passé, doomed. They are about to become, as Monty Python would have said it, ex-parrots. You would think the annual gathering of the National Retail Federation would be the last event to foster such a point of view, but it emerged as a key theme during last month’s NRF expo in New York. Steve Barr, a partner and the US Retail and Consumer Sector leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, told online outlet Retail Dive this year will bring “more store closures, more bankruptcies and restructurings, and increased shareholder activism that will either lead ...
Home Alone 3
February 1, 2016What a crazy start to the new retail year, right? Just when you thought you knew who the good guys were — and weren’t — 2016 starts off with a bizarro series of reports and news that seem to put the entire retailing landscape upside down. Consider: • Walmart says it will close hundreds of stores around the world, including a sizeable bunch here in the good old U.S. of A. The Boys from Bentonville open stores, they don’t close them. • JCPenney, of all people, says it had a pretty good Christmas. Granted, it is still recovering from the Johnson ...
Home Alone 3
January 25, 2016Walmart is closing some stores. There’s an old journalistic rule about “not burying the lead,” which means don’t put the most important piece of information deep into the story but always place it first. So, theoretically I’ve not broken that rule…but in fact I have. The big news is not that Walmart is closing some stores. The big news is that it’s not that big a deal. Earlier this month, The Big W announced it would be closing 269 stores around the world, including 154 in the United States. At first glance, that does sound ...
January 25, 2016You’ve heard the advertising adage – “Sex sells.” It’s rarely used in the marketing of bedding, at least not in the U.S. And a mattress topper, so utilitarian and always out of sight, would seem to be the un-sexiest textile product of the lot. Not so fast. At Heimtextil earlier this month, Austrian bedding manufacturer Hefel Bed and Sleep was promoting the “Hefel Romance Mattress Topper” with language that promoted its ability to enhance…the mood, shall we say. “The Hefel Romance mattress topper sets the scene for a truly romantic bedroom – in a completely natural way. Microcrystals ...
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