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New York – Martha Stewart fans can now print out their own napkin rings and votive holders. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has signed a licensing agreement with Brooklyn-based MakerBot, a leader the desktop 3D printing, to distribute ED printing materials and jointly develop 3D printable designs. More
Atlanta – The AmericasMart here is inviting rug manufacturers and suppliers among its tenant roster to submit their top rug designs for consideration in the 2015 America’s Magnificent Carpets Awards. More
Orlando, Fla. – International interior designer Sofia Joelsson, founder SoJo Design, will give a presentation on evolving design trends in the outdoor furniture industry at the fourth annual Casual Living Conference here in February and will also provide a sneak peek at her new outdoor textiles collection. More
Novato, Calif. – Kuhn Rikon USA, producer of Swiss cookware and cooking tools, has hired Shari Reyna as marketing assistant. More
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November 12, 2014Since Macy’s announced last month its plans to open its doors earlier than ever – 6 p.m. – on Thanksgiving Day, it seems like all the major retailers have begun announcing their also-early store hour schedules for to the holiday season kick off. And it has been getting me down. I recently came across a news report on the website of NBC affiliate WGRZ Channel 2 in Cheektowaga, NY, that only made me sadder. A mall is forcing all of its retail tenant to open their doors by 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day – or be charged a $200 fine ...
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November 10, 2014We have entered a new reality in retailing over the past few years. It’s defined by stores that err on the side of conservative merchandising to a fault, that homogenize their assortments to the least objectionable level and underestimate both their customers and their own ability to sell interesting product. American retailing, of course, needs to be put in the context of the broader society. Movie studios, rather than take chances, endlessly recycle the same super heroes and comedic plots ad infinitum. The fast food business is built on the concept of playing it ultra safe and giving the ...
November 10, 2014There are two ways of getting into political office —by winning or by winning ugly. It already looks like whoever emerges from the fourth quarter with the biggest top line growth will have climbed to the top of the heap by winning ugly. An astonishing number of forecasters are projecting a decent holiday season. The National Retail Federation, the International Council of Shopping Centers and Deloitte all believe the total sales gain ring up at 4.0% higher than 2013 or slightly above. (So far, Price Waterhouse Coopers is the lone pessimist, forecasting a 6.9% slump.) To get there ...
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