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News on the latest retailer and manufacturer web sites, e-commerce technology and online retail in the home accents industry.
  • Wayfair ending “Get It Near Me” advertising program

    Home furnishings e-commerce company Wayfair is nixing its Get it Near Me advertising program that was directing some of its consumer traffic to local furniture stores. More

  • Room discount ends today for Future Leadership Conference

    The second-annual Future Leadership Conference is only three weeks away, and the hotel discount ends today, Aug. 26. Set for Sept. 16-18 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, the conference promises to be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for current and up-and-coming leaders in the industry to come together. More

  • Belk to be acquired

    Sycamore partners will acquire 100% of Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. in a deal valued at approximately $3 billion.  More

  • Retail ideas take center stage at Future Leadership Conference

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    Time is running out to make your plans to attend the Future Leadership Conference, Sept. 16-18 in New Orleans. The hotel discount ends Wednesday, Aug. 26, and the rooms are nearly sold out, so make your reservation today. More

  • Planet Retail report explores future of retail

    What does the future of retail look like? Can brick-and-mortar stores make the shopping experience more personalized? Is pure-play retail on its way out? How might technology improve convenience for consumers? More

  • Exclusive Research: Direct-to-Consumer Retailers


    Home Accents Today's most recent Universe Study (December 2014) revealed direct-to-consumer to be the fastest growing retail distribution channel, growing 4% – from $7.47 billion in 2013 to $7.77 billion in 2014. That figure measures only the websites and catalogs that do not have a brick-and-mortar presence. More

  • Parlore, new app and online marketplace for interior designers

    Parlore, a new software app and online marketplace for interior designers, made its live debut last month in Atlanta. Founder and CEO Stacey Osiecki brought Parlore staff members to Americasmart, where the team hosted five days of product demos, panel discussions and social events to showcase the offerings and functionality the app can provide to interior designers and product manufacturers. Half business tool and half wholesale market, Parlore runs on IOS devices, is available for free in Apple’s app store, and offers a companion iPhone app for on-the-go access. Osiecki’s motivation for developing Parlore is rooted in ... More

  • Retail Report: Bricks to Clicks

    Five brick and mortar home furnishings retailers discuss what's involved - and what to expect - when opening an online store. More

  • Ambiente accepting applications for 'Talents'

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    Emerging product designers are invited to apply for inclusion in Ambiente 2016’s Talents showcase, an international promotional program of MesseFrankfurt. More

  • Tendence trade fair offers high-volume sourcing options


    MesseFrankfurt’s annual Tendence consumer goods fair will take place Aug. 29 to Sept. 1, 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. More

  • VIDEO: Sicily's City of Ceramics, a millennia of maiolica

    Two weeks ago I joined a group of U.S. retailers in Sicily for a tour of the ceramic artists and factories of Caltagirone, Italy's "City of Ceramics," where tin-glazed maiolica and terra cotta products have been produced for centuries. Sicily's unique cultural history (of Arab, Spanish, French, Roman and Greek influences) is evident throughout the city, reflected in Caltagirone's colorful ceramic tiles, art, housewares and architectural elements that incorporate both traditional styles and modern interpretations. The city's name is derived from Qal’at-al-ghiran, an Arabic word meaning "castle or fortress of the vases." The purpose ... More

  • Consumers to Spend Less on Back to School

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    WASHINGTON - The National Retail Federation Back to School Spending Survey found that consumers intend to spend slightly less this year on back to school than in previous years, saying they will evaluate children’s needs before heading to stores this year. More

Vegas Market Videos

HAT designers at Vegas

Los Angeles interior designers Jaime Rummerfield and Ron Woodson of Woodson and Rummerfield's House of Design talk with HAT Editor in Chief Jenny Heinzen at the Las Vegas Market about the progression of the marketplace and the Design Center. See Video. Sponsored by IMC.

Sketchbook: Modern Glamour

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Embrace the luxurious lifestyle with a streamlined, understated look loaded with texture and pattern. See the photos