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Heimtextil Reports

Heimtextil is now less than a month away and in the final of three videos H&TT editors Jennifer Marks and Warren Shoulberg give an advance look at some of the changes for the fair in January and discuss key issues that will affect how business with be down in Frankfurt. See the videos!

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  • Cecile Corral

    On The Beat

    Cecile Corral

    December 22, 2014

    See You Soon

    Attending the markets is always fun. Working from a home office, I’m always eager to get out and see “my rug people” – the many great contacts I’ve made over the years in covering category for H&TT. Admittedly, some markets are better than others. A lot of that depends on the mood at market, and how optimistic companies are feeling about their new products and their ability to sell them to buyers shopping the shows. That said, I am happy to report that this January, the markets are poised to feel like a magic carpet ride. Dropping gas ...

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  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    December 22, 2014

    Reality Check

    In case anybody was wondering, The Big Three textiles producing countries maintain their ownership of the biggest chunks of key category goods imported into the U.S. I bring this up because the industry will soon be headed to Heimtextil, where the subject of emerging new sources of production always seems to rear its head. This is borne out by the most recent data from OTEXA – the U.S. Commerce Department’s Office of Textile and Apparel – which records imports year-to-date as of October. China, India and Pakistan collectively provided 87% of the cotton sheets imported into the U.S ...

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    Home Alone 3

    Warren Shoulberg

    December 18, 2014

    Doing the Lampert Talk

    Every time I think I’ve said all I possibly can about the sad, sad tale of Sears, Eddie Lampert comes along and fuels the fire. We all know the deconstruction process is entering its final stages and that Fast Eddie’s end game is drawing closer and closer. Yet, there’s no end to the sheer audacity of this guy to keep up a front that this is all part of his master plan and that the corner is…well, just around the corner. You can always depend on him to come up with some new spin to continue ...

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  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    December 8, 2014

    Put a fork in it

    In a few rapidly passing days, we will bid adieu to 2014. Before we do, a look at some of the most significant events impacting the retail environment this year. Changes at the top: The year saw a heightened amount of C-suite activity, including the installation of new ceos at Target, Walmart U.S., Walmart Canada, Home Depot, Bon-Ton, Hayneedle, One Kings Lane and Gordmans — not to mention the arrival of a successor to take over next year from outgoing JCPenney ceo Mike Ullman. There was a fair amount of shuffling at the presidential level as well, with new appointees ...

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