Crunching the Numbers: GOVERNMENT DATA GATHERING METHODS NOT SET IN STONE
By Lissa Wyman
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Department of Commerce and the U.S. Census Bureau are the official sources for statistics on domestically-made, imported and exported carpets and rugs. The bad news is: It's not an exact science. The good news is: It can be changed.
Rugnews.com Editorial: ARE THERE LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM THE ULTRA HIGH END MARKET?
By Lissa Wyman
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is my once a year venture into the world of the super high end. I attend ICFF for the same reasons buyers from Target attend the couture fashion shows in Paris. I want to see what's on the cutting edge of designs, colors and materials that can be adapted to the world of regular people.The thing that struck home for me this year, however, had nothing to do with fashion.
SEMINARS, EVENTS AND PROMOTIONS ON TAP AT NY GIFT FAIR
WHITE PLAINS, NY - The New York International Gift Fair will feature educational programming, promotions and after-hours networking events. The Gift Fair is scheduled for August 11 to August 16, 2007, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Passenger Ship Terminal Piers 88 and 94 and Metropolitan Pavilion.
AMERICASMART AND ATLANTA POLICE DEPARTMENT PARTNER IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA
ATLANTA - AmericasMart Atlanta, in partnership with the Atlanta Police Department (APD), the Mayor's Office, Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta City Council, has officially opened the Atlanta Police Department's Zone Five Mini-Precinct located at the corner of Andrew Young International Blvd. and Spring St.
HIGH POINT MARKET TO RETURN TO TRADITIONAL APRIL-OCTOBER TIMING BEGINNING IN 2008
HIGH POINT, NC -- The High Point Market will return to its traditional April-October schedule, beginning in 2008. The decision was made May 16 at a meeting of the High Point Market Authority board of directors.
ATLANTA - AmericasMart Atlanta has developed new initiatives and expanded time for this Summer's Atlanta International Area Rug Market. The market, which also features the National Oriental Rug Show (NORS) will run from Sunday,July 15 through Wednesday, July 18, 2007.
Contemporary Furniture Fair Report: RUG EXHIBITORS AT ICFF ARE WORLDS AWAY FROM MAINSTREAM BUSINESS
Michael Mandapath of Warp & Weft at the ICFF
By Lissa Wyman
NEW YORK -- Rugs exhibited at last week's International Contemporary Furniture Fair come from a different planet than the rugs shown at mainstream markets such as the Atlanta International Rug Market, High Point and the Las Vegas World Market.
RUG VENDORS TO PARTICIPATE IN MONTHLY DESIGNER DAY PROGRAM AT HIGH POINT
HIGH POINT, NC - Capel, Inc., Feizy Rug, Due Process Stable Trading Co. and Safavieh will participate in The High Point Design Center's new once-a-month Designer Day. More than 50 vendors will be part of the program, which will be held the first Wednesday of each month.
CINCINNATI - Peter Sachse, chairman and chief executive officer of macys.com, has been assigned an additional role as the company's chief marketing officer and president of Macy's Corporate Marketing, effective immediately. In this post, he succeeds Anne MacDonald.
HOLYOKE, MA - RugSale.com has inaugurated a new customer satisfaction policy which allows customers to return the first rug and get a second with no shipping charge, according to Charlie Kaoud, chief executive officer and founder of the Internet rug retailer.
IT'S OFFICIAL: FEDERATED BECOMES MACY'S ON JUNE 1, 2007
CINCINNATI-- Federated Department Stores shareholder have approved a change in the corporate name to Macy's, Inc., effective June 1, 2007. On that date, the company's shares will begin trading under the ticker symbol "M" on the New York Stock Exchange.
Rugnews.com Editorial SUMMER'S HERE -- IT'S THE GOB SEASON!
Ethan Allen, not known as a major Oriental rug retailer, has brought in a special shipment of rugs for its GOB sale at a New York store near the Oriental Rug District. Strangely enough, the store did not sell Oriental rugs during its former incarnation.
By Lissa Wyman
NEW YORK -- Memorial Day is not only opening day at the beach and pool, it's also the beginning of the Going Out of Business season.
CARPET ONE FLOOR & HOME PARTNERS WITH €˜ON THE LOT' REALITY TELEVISION SHOW MANCHESTER, NH - Carpet One Floor & Home recently partnered with the new reality TV show, On the Lot. With the assistance of Glendale Carpet One Floor & Home of Los Angeles, the company installed 4,800 sq. ft. of Liz Claiborne Prestige hardwood for the contestants' living quarters.
Letter to the Editor: ETHAN ALLEN RESPONDS TO RUG NEWS GOB EDITORIAL
The store located at 32nd Street and Lexington is privately owned by Peoples Americana. Inc. The public corporation, Ethan Allen Interiors Inc., is not going out of business and did not approve the non-Ethan Allen product that has been bought in for this sale.
Central Oriental TO EXHIBIT AT LAS VEGAS WORLD MARKET
WEST WARWICK, RI -- Central Oriental will be exhibiting at the Pavilions of the Las Vegas World Market Center at the upcoming World Market July 30 to Aug. 3, according to Jim Thompson, vice president of sales and marketing for the rug importer and manufacturer.
DALTON, GA - Beaulieu of America has launched a new version of AccessBeaulieu.com, making it faster, easier and more convenient for dealers to order products and retrieve account information online. The new site debuts after more than a year of work to revise the old site with new features and functionality.
OSTERVILLE, MA -- Claire Murray is the founder of a brand that started with hand hooked rugs made and sold at a small inn on Nantucket. Now some 20 years later, Murray describes her company's strategy as a "return to our roots.€VbCrLf
EMMA GARDNER DESIGNS TO CREATE RUGS FOR THREE LUXURY RESORTS
LITCHFIELD, CT - EgdContract has been retained to create custom rugs for Winvian Resorts, Hyatt Valencia and the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort and Spa. EgdContract is the hospitality division of Emma Gardner Designs.
GRADS OF SHAWLEARNINGACADEMY SHOW HIGHER SALES PERFORMANCE
DALTON, GA - Graduates of The Shaw Learning Academy sales significantly increased their performance as a result of participation in the sales training program, according to an independent study commissioned by Shaw.
HELLENIC CANADIAN EVENT RAISES OVER $4,000 TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER
TORONTO - Hellenic Rug Imports conducted its first Warehouse Sale for consumers May 10 to 13 at its Canadian distribution center here. A portion of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation. "The sale was a huge success, and the donaton will amount to over $4,000," said Steve Mazarakis, president of Hellenic.
FILICIA HOSTS 'DECORATING FROM THE FLOOR UP' KARASTAN SEMINARS
The Gang's All Here at recent Karastan Boston event. Courtney Jones, left, northeast regional vice president for Karastan; Thom Filicia, Karastan spokesman; Jerry Arcari, a principal of Landry & Arcari, Boston, MA; Dennis Thiets, vice president of sales for Karastan, and David Hardy, senior vice president of Mohawk Industries' Fashion Group.
DALTON, GA - DesignerThom Filicia, teamed with Karastan and co-sponsor, Wear-Dated Carpet Fiber, to host two recent "Decorating From the Floor Up€VbCrLf consumer seminars. The events were held at The Field Museum in Chicago and the JKF Library in Boston.