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  • NMG PrimeTime aims for more market share

    “Prepare for Share” is the theme of Nationwide Marketing Group’s PrimeTime show in Dallas this month and part of a strategy to help its members capture more market share. More

  • Universal Furniture restructures sales management

    Kevin Miller

    Case goods resource Universal Furniture has promoted Kevin Miller to vice president of sales for the Western region and has named Mark Cowan vice president of sales for the newly created Central region. More

  • Ikea offers furniture with wireless charging

    Global home furnishings retailer Ikea says it’s launching a line of tables, lamps and desks with wireless charging technology for mobile devices. More

  • Court revives Sleepy’s 8-year-old lawsuit vs. Select Comfort

    A federal appeals court here has revived a nearly eight-year-old lawsuit in which mattress retail heavyweight Sleepy’s accuses employees of Select Comfort of making disparaging comments about the retailer while it was selling Select Comfort products. More

  • NFM building costs drag down Berkshire retail earnings

    The development of Nebraska Furniture Mart’s Dallas-area store complex proved to be a drag on earnings for Berkshire Hathaway’s retail operations, according to Berkshire’s latest annual report. More

  • Don't pop the champagne just yet

    While there has been substantial and excited coverage of the tentative labor agreement aimed at returning the West Coast ports to normal, it's way too soon to begin any celebration. Estimates indicate it will take six to eight weeks to clean up the mess at the port of Oakland and three months to unclog the logjam in L.A. That means the first half of 2015 will be mostly in the books before some semblance of normality is restored to the flow of goods through those ports. And that’s assuming the “tentative” agreement proceeds apace and neither of ... More

  • Stagner, Carlsen share passion at big Mattress Firm event

    The Los Angeles Lakers were playing at the Staples Center just across the plaza. Stevie Wonder was performing in the nearby Nokia Theatre. But the best show in Los Angeles this day was the kickoff of BEDTalks, the informative and inspirational series of talks presented by Mattress Firm Holding Corp. during its four-day annual national leadership conference. The opening was like the start of a Hollywood blockbuster. There was a feeling of excitement in the Diamond Ballroom at the JW Marriott as the meeting got under way. Some 1,400 Mattress Firm field and corporate leaders and company vendors filled ... More

  • Leon’s Furniture earnings up nearly 14% in fourth quarter

    The acquisition of archrival The Brick appears to be paying off for Leon’s Furniture as it reported increased sales and earnings for the fourth quarter and the 2014 fiscal year. More

  • Halifax’s Simmons Mattress Gallery closes after 16 years

    After 16 years in business and starting out as one of the first mattress specialty stores in Atlantic Canada, the two-unit Simmons Mattress Gallery shuttered its doors permanently a few weeks ago, another casualty of the post-recession economy and changing consumer expectations. More

  • Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach to work together on issues

    The Federal Maritime Commission has granted the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach approval of an agreement that allows the two ports to discuss and agree on projects and programs that address congestion issues, transportation infrastructure needs and reduce pollution caused by port-related activities. More

  • Aaron’s kicks off 60th anniversary celebration

    Aarons racecar

    A yearlong celebration of the Aaron’s 60th anniversary got off to a fast start this past weekend at the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. More

  • La-Z-Boy hires Jeffrey Fink as VP, real estate

    La-Z-Boy said today it has named Jeffrey Fink, a former executive with fabric and crafts retailer Jo-Ann Stores, as vice president, real estate. More

Showcase Ireland 2015: Part 1


At Showcase 2015, home and gift introductions rendered tradition modern. – Tracy Bulla See the photos