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  • Fred’s is pharmacy-focused for the future

    Memphis – As it began in Q2 to transition to a “convenience, pharmacy-centric model,” Fred’s is streamlining some higher-margin areas like home décor and apparel to free space for more “immediate needs” categories that are turning more sales. More ...

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  • E-commerce shines in Belk’s Q2

    Charlotte, N.C. – Sales and comps for the second quarter just inched up for Belk Inc., but its online sales jumped by high double digits.

  • Natco hires LaRovere for window

    West Warwick, R.I. – Natco Home has tapped Michelle LaRovere as its new window division president.

  • Heimtextil announces 2015/16 trends

    Frankfurt, Germany – Heimtextil’s all-important Trend Hall is being expanded in 2015, with a new “Theme Park” style of presentation that will spotlight trends specific to the retail trade, contract business, technology and sustainability.

  • IFDA’s CCC returns Sept. 8

    New York – The New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association is getting together for its monthly “Cocktails, Conversations & Connections” next week.

  • Cotton price 68 cents

    New York – The U.S. markets were closed yesterday for the Labor Day holiday. Friday’s end-of-day price on Cotton #2 futures for October contracts was 68 cents. The price on December contracts was 67 cents.

  • Soft home best performer at Big Lots

    Columbus, Ohio – Recent enhancements across soft home are producing results – and fast – at Big Lots, which cited the department as its best business segment during the second quarter with high single-digit comp gain.

  • Li steps up at Ralph Lauren Home

    New York – William Li has been named president of Ralph Lauren Home, succeeding Ian Sears.

  • Cotton price 67 cents

    New York – Thursday’s end-of-day price on Cotton #2 futures for October contracts was 67 cents.

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  • Warren Shoulberg

    Home Alone 3

    Warren Shoulberg

    August 19, 2014

    King Cotton…again

    “I was influenced a lot by those around me - there was a lot of singing that went on in the cotton fields.” ----Willie Nelson Well, if they were singing back in the days when Willie was picking cotton, they’ve got be doing the Hallelujah Chorus these days. The price of cotton is down to about the lowest level it’s been since 2008 and it is settling into the historical range of cotton pricing for much of the decade before. Given the wild ride cotton prices have taken over the past few years, this is major news for the ...

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  • Cecile Corral

    On The Beat

    Cecile Corral

    August 19, 2014

    Men on a Mission

    After 16 years of marriage, I can count on one hand, maybe two max, the number of times I’ve gone shopping – and I mean really shopping – with my husband, Oscar, in tow. And I include here the grocery store. But in recent months, I’ve noticed this start to change, thanks to our iPad and his new cell phone. Often when I think he is reading a book or the news on his mobile devices, I discover that he is actually comparison-shopping for something we need like a new refrigerator or – gasp – something simple that he just wants, like ...

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  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    August 19, 2014

    The New Competition

    Walking around the NY Now show at the Javits this week, one can’t help wondering: How can there be so many companies in business that don’t live and die by selling container-loads of merchandise to Macy’s, Walmart and Bed Bath & Beyond? Yet, there they are. And two exhibitors worth noting: Etsy and The Grommet. Both are there this week debuting their services as wholesale providers. Etsy, founded in 2005, is an online direct-to-consumer seller of handmade, vintage and uniquely manufactured items. The Grommet, established in 2008, is a product launch platform for the Maker community. At NY ...

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  • Warren Shoulberg

    Home Alone 3

    Warren Shoulberg

    August 11, 2014

    Is the Bottom Falling Out Of the Bottom?

    We all know the economy is still not behaving the way we think it should, given the time and effort spent on the Great Recovery from the Great Recession. And while some can point to the upper end of business and declare everything OK, it’s at the other end of the spectrum where the most troubling news is. If you’re an economist — or can understand what in the world they are talking about — you know that all of the macro-numbers point to a lower-income consumer with less buying power and an increasingly dwindling share of disposable income. If ...

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