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  • Fred's got the chills in February

    Memphis - Regional discount chain Fred's Inc. today reported below-plan comp declines as well as soft sales in February thanks to persistent wintry weather in the Southeast. More

  • An Admiring Word About Sears

    There are a lot of things one can dink Sears for. And I'd wager every opinion piece coming out of H&TT in recent years that had "Sears" in its title has done just that. Not today. Today we give Sears a tip of the hat for its recently announced In-Vehicle Pickup service. If the process works as advertised, Sears has really raised the bar on ecommerce-to-local-store integration. Here's the deal. Members of Sears' Shop Your Way loyalty program can download an app that lets their local store know they're on their way to retrieve merchandise they ... More

  • Home Tech Home

    If there was ever a moment for the home furnishings industry to take its turn in the technical spotlight this is it.Coming out of the huge Consumer Electronic Show last month, the talk was no longer about hi-def, 3D or how big your screen was.Instead everyone was talking about wearable tech and the Internet of Things.... two trends that play perfectly into the hands of the home textiles and housewares industries.The wearable tech talk had to do with devices you could put on your body - on your wrists, your head or various points in between - that would ... More

  • The Top Five Retail Stories of 2013

    NEW YORK - There was no through line at retail in 2013, even within channel segments - where some retailers made steady gains while their rivals floundered. More

  • Shaw Living to unveil 200-plus new rugs in 2014

    Dalton, Ga. - Shaw Living is kicking off the New Year with more than 200 new rug styles that the company plans to launch at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market in January. More

  • Big Plans in Place for Poufs

    NEW YORK - If decorative pillows are the lipstick of a living room, then poufs must be the blush, reinvigorating a living space with a splash of color much like a steady stream of sunshine does to the cheeks of a winter-worn face. More

  • The Next Big Thing?

    FRAMINGHAM, MASS. - Even in a strong first quarter for TJX Cos., the 426-unit HomeGoods chain was a standout. Already the 16th largest retailer of home textiles in the United States, it could jump into the top 10 as its parent company plans to nearly double the nameplate's store count. More

  • Home Textiles Today Top 50 Home Textile Retailers for 2013

    Home Textiles Today's exclusive survey of the Top 50 home textiles retailers ranks the top U. S. retailers by sales of 2012 home textiles. More

  • Restoration Hardware reinstates Friedman as chairman, co-CEO

    Corte Madera, Calif. - Gary Friedman, who resigned last year from his executive roles at Restoration Hardware following an investigation in a personal relationship, has been reappointed co-ceo and chairman. More

  • N.C. House proposes additional $200,000 for High Point Market

    High Point, N.C. - A proposed North Carolina House budget would provide an additional $200,000 in state funding for the High Point Market Authority, compared with the figure in the budget passed by the state Senate last month, Market Authority officials said Friday. More

  • Macy's expands presence in Puerto Rico with mew unit for fall 2015

    Macy's Inc. has announced its plans to open a new store in Ponce, Puerto Rico by fall 2015. More

  • PBteen forays into Southern California with first area unit

    Williams-Sonoma, Inc. nameplate PBteen is gearing up for the opening of its first Southern California store this weekend. More

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  • Cecile Corral

    On The Beat

    Cecile Corral

    June 16, 2014

    Opportunity knocks

    Hispanics are good for the home furnishings business, says a recent report titled “Upscale Latinos: A Bright Outlook for High-End Marketers.” These “upscale Latinos” fall within the $50,000-$100,000 annual income bracket and tend to have a “consistent level of optimism about safety, well-being and wealth creation,” according the report released in late May by Neilsen and the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies (AHAA). That level of consumer confidence leads to increased spending levels that “make this segment an imperative to the U.S. economy and prestige brands,” the report notes. Here are some encouraging take-ways from the ...

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  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    February 18, 2014

    An Admiring Word About Sears

    There are a lot of things one can dink Sears for. And I'd wager every opinion piece coming out of H&TT in recent years that had "Sears" in its title has done just that. Not today. Today we give Sears a tip of the hat for its recently announced In-Vehicle Pickup service. If the process works as advertised, Sears has really raised the bar on ecommerce-to-local-store integration. Here's the deal. Members of Sears' Shop Your Way loyalty program can download an app that lets their local store know they're on their way to retrieve merchandise they ...

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  • Shoulberg PUBLISHER/EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

    Home Alone 3

    Warren Shoulberg

    February 18, 2014

    Home Tech Home

    If there was ever a moment for the home furnishings industry to take its turn in the technical spotlight this is it.Coming out of the huge Consumer Electronic Show last month, the talk was no longer about hi-def, 3D or how big your screen was.Instead everyone was talking about wearable tech and the Internet of Things.... two trends that play perfectly into the hands of the home textiles and housewares industries.The wearable tech talk had to do with devices you could put on your body - on your wrists, your head or various points in between - that would ...

    Read More

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