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2008 DECEMBER

  • 12172008 Beemer Raises Christmas Shopping Forecast

    AMERICA'S RESEARCH GROUP
    RAISES CHRISTMAS SALES FORECAST 
     

    CHARLESTON, SC – America’s Research Group (ARG) raised its annual Christmas retail forecast to -2.8% from -3.5% based. The revised forecast was based on Wal-Mart’s domination of Christmas shopping this season, according to C. Britt Beemer, chief executive officer and founder of ARG.


  • 12192008 CRI Supports Housing Recovery Effort

    CARPET & RUG INSTITUTE SUPPORTS
    HOUSING RECOVERY GROUP

    DALTON, GA – The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has joined Fix Housing First, a coalition formed to push for a housing recovery plan to revive the economy.


  • 12222008 Editorial: Small Sample Merchandising Programs

    Rugnews.com Editorial:
    ONE OF BRIGHT SPOTS OF 2008
    MAY NOT BE A SHINING STAR

     

    By Lissa Wyman

    I have often said that the rug business needs more sex appeal, but now I am suggesting that the industry may be saved by something usually so boring and lusterless that it’s downright embarrassing.


  • 12232008 Guest Editorial: 3 Ways to Start and Stay in Business

    Rugnews.com Guest Editorial:
    THREE WAYS TO START
    AND STAY IN BUSINESS

    By Tricia Browning Dimon
    President, Design Group
    LaGrange, GA

    If you’re reading this report then you’re where I was at one time. Many times and for various reasons, people find themselves thinking about a new career and working for themselves. Here are three steps to help you through the process.


  • 12232008 ORIA Takes "Think Tank" Initiative
    ORIA INITIATES 'THINK TANK' TO
    FIND WAYS TO IMPROVE  INDUSTRY BIZ

    SECAUCUS, NJ -- The  Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA) is initiating a “Think Tank” to investigate ways to improve business in our industry during the current difficult economic times.


  • 12261008 Holiday Greetings from Lissa Wyman

    SEASONS GREETING TO ALL!

    Happy holidays from Lissa Wyman, editor and publisher of Rugnews.com. The handsome hand-tufted holiday rug is a gift from Sandesh Suneja of Holy Consultancy, Bhadohi, India. The design was fashioned by Suneja's daughter. Thanks for giving us a way to send greetings to all our friends around the world!
    Peace on Earth.

     



  • 12302008 Rugnews.Com Top 20 Stories of 2008

    Rugnews.com Top 20 News Stories of 2008:
    2008 WAS A YEAR OF RE-INVENTION
    AS RUG INDUSTRY PREPARES FOR
    MAJOR CHANGES IN YEARS AHEAD

    By Lissa Wyman

    The top news events of 2008 tells a story of an industry in transition. The rules of the game are changing rapidly, and the major players are re-inventing themselves to prepare for a future that will have little resemblance to the old ways of doing business. We invite you to enjoy our top 20 Picks, and please feel free to comment and discuss!


Markets
  • 12022008 AMC WestWing Celebration Events

    AMERICASMART TO HOST  SERIES OF
    MARKET EVENTS FOR NEW WESTWING

    ATLANTA – Americasmart will host  an all-star line up of top designers, tastemakers and celebrity chefs to launch the new Building 2, WestWing during Atlanta's winter markets, Jan. 6 to 14.


  • 12022008 Interior Lifestyle China 2008 Deemed Successful

    OVER 8,000 VISITORS ATTEND
    INTERIOR LIFESTYLE CHINA 2008

    SHANGHAI, CHINA – Interior Lifestyle China 2008 attracted over 8,000 visitors from 35 countries and regions, according to fair organizers.  The event was held Nov. 19 to 22, at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. 


  • 12022008 WONZ to Launch Campaign at Surfaces 2009

    WOOLS OF NEW ZEALAND TO LAUNCH
    SUSTAINABILITY CAMPAIGN AT SURFACES 2009

    MARBLE HILL, GA – Wools of New Zealand will launch its new  earth-friendly promotional campaign, Naturally Sustainable Beauty, during the  Surfaces Expo, Feb. 3 to 5, 2009. Described as a "flock-to-floor" initiative, the program will kick off in the Wools of New Zealand showroom 5327 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.


  • 12092008 ICE Set for February 2009

    INDIA CARPET EXPO SET
    FOR FEBRUARY 2009

    NEW DELHI, INDIA – The  India Carpet Expo is scheduled for February 12 to 15, 2009 at Pragati Maidan New Delhi.  The ICE event will showcase a variety of handmade rugs and other floor coverings in a broad range of traditional and contemporary designs.


  • 12092008 ORRA January 2009 AMC Events

    ORIENTAL RUG RETAILERS ASSOC.
    SCHEDULES ATLANTA MARKET EVENTS 

    ATLANTA– The Oriental Rug Retailers Association has scheduled events for the International Area Rug Market featuring the National Oriental Rug Show at Americasmart Atlanta, January 7 to 12.


  • 12102008 Smyrna Expands AMC Showroom

    SMYRNA TRADING EXPANDS
    SHOWROOM AT AMERICASMART

    ATLANTA – Smyrna Trading, Inc. has expanded its Americasmart showroom 6-D-3 to prepare for continued growth in 2009.  During the International Area Rug Market, Jan. 7 to 12, the company will showcase its one-of-a kind and programmed handmade carpets in more than 3,000 sq. ft. of floor space.


  • 12152008 AMC Unveils Conference Center in January

    AMERICASMART UNVEILS NEW
    CONFERENCE CENTER IN JANUARY

    ATLANTA, GA – Americasmart will unveil its new Building 2, WestWing Conference Center this January.  The four new floors add more than 220,000 sq. ft. of conference and tradeshow space to the facilities.


  • 12172008 WMC Forecast Series Set for February Market

    WORLD MARKET CENTER’S
    FORECAST SERIES TO BE 
    PRESENTED AT FEB. MARKET

    LAS VEGAS – World Market Center will unveil its Forecast series, designed to educate, inform and enlighten attendees on the latest trends and developments in the home furnishings industry during the Las Vegas Market, Feb. 9 to 13. 


  • 12222008 AMC License & Design Collection to be Featured January 2009

    AMERICASMART LICENSE & DESIGN
    SHOW  FEATURED IN JANUARY 2009

    ATLANTA -- Americasmart will bring together artists and licensing agencies in a new temporary exhibition during the upcoming Gift, Home Furnishings & Rug Markets. Americas Mart License & Design will be featured Jan. 9 to 11, 2009 in Building 2.


  • 12232008 Amer Rugs Moves to Larger AMC Showroom

    AMER RUGS MOVES TO LARGER
    AMERICASMART SHOWROOM

    NORCROSS, GA – Amer Rugs has moved to 5-A-11 in Building 1 of Americasmart.  The company has moved to new  and larger showroom for better exposure to retailers attending the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, Jan. 7 to 12, according to the company.


People
  • 12302008 Rizzy Promotes Stringer

    RIZZY PROMOTES STRINGER
    TO
    WESTERN REGIONAL SALES
    FOR ALL RIZZY PRODUCTS


    Roger Stringer

    CALHOUN, GA – Roger Stringer has been promoted to western regional sales for all the Rizzy brands, according to Mark Ferullo, vice president of sales for Rizzy Rugs.


Retailers
  • 12022008 Abrash Gallery Thrives on Eclectic Merchandising, Fun Promotions and No-Sale Policy

    CLEVELAND'S ABRASH GALLERY THRIVES
    WITH ECLECTIC MERCHANDISING, FUN
    PROMOTIONS AND 'NO-SALE' POLICY

    By Denise Gallagher

    CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH. – Although "Abrash" is a term that most people in the rug world associate with fine weavings, rugs are not the entire story at Tuba Gokoglu's Abrash gallery here. The store is thriving as a result of  multiple-category merchandising, unique promotional activity and a "no-sale" policy.


  • 12052008 Video: Retail Analyst Speaks with Fox Business on Retail Outlook

     

    ONLINE VIDEO REPORT:
    RETAIL ANALYST BRITT BEEMER
    SPEAKS TO FOX BUSINESS NEWS
    ON GRIM RETAIL OUTLOOK

    CHARLESTON, SC – Retail analyst Britt Beemer recently spoke with Fox Business anchor Alexis Glick on the grim outlook for retailers this season. He was joined by Mary Ann Wilson, editor of Chain Store Age. To view the video of this discussion, click here.


  • 12092008 Macy's Online Sales Enhance Brick and Mortar

    MACY’S ONLINE SALES
    ENHANCE INTEGRATION WITH
    BRICK AND MORTAR STORES

    CINCINNATI, OH – A series of customer-focused improvements have integrated Macy's bricks-and-mortar stores with its online businesses macys.com and bloomingdales.com, according to Terry Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy's, Inc.


  • 12112008 i-Floor Files for ChXI Bankruptcy

    ONLINE RETAILER I-FLOOR
    FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY


    TUKWILA, WA -- Internet retailer iFloor, which also operates about 35 stores nationwide, has filed for Chapter XI bankruptcy protection, according to a report in The Seattle Times.


  • 12172008 Macy's Amends Bank Credit Facility

    MACY’S AMENDS
    BANK CREDIT AGREEMENT

    CINCINNATI – Macy's, Inc. has entered into an agreement to amend its existing bank credit agreement, led by Bank of America and J.P. Morgan. The size of the company's credit facility ($2 billion) and its maturity date (Aug. 31, 2012) remain unchanged. This provides substantial liquidity for the company to weather the current economic downturn, according to the company.


  • 12292008 Video Report: Retail Analyst Speaks to CNBC on Black Friday Redux

    ONLINE VIDEO REPORT:
    RETAIL ANALYST BRITT BEEMER
    SPEAKS TO CNBC ON BLACK FRIDAY (REDUX)

    CHARLESTON, SC – Retail analyst Britt Beemer recently spoke with CNBC on how retailers are desperately trying to lure post-Christmas shoppers. He was joined by Scott Krugman, vice president of National Retail Federation. To view the video of this discussion, click here.


Vendors
  • 12042008 Loloi Celebrates 5th Anniversary in January

    LOLOI TO CELEBRATE 
    FIFTH ANNIVERSARY,
    ATLANTA SHOWROOM EXPANSION

    DALLAS – Loloi Rugs will celebrate its fifth anniversary and expanded AmericasMart showroom with a cocktail party January 8, during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market featuring The National Oriental Rug Show.


  • 12062008 Balta US Closes Atlanta Showroom

    BALTA US CLOSES ATLANTA SHOWROOM;
    CONCENTRATES ON NY TEXTILES EVENT

    DALTON, GA -- Balta US has closed its showroom at AmericasMart Atlanta, according to Dimitri Verhoye, vice president of sales and marketing.


  • 12082008 Feizy to Launch Revamped Website in January

    FEIZY TO LAUNCH REVAMPED
    WEBSITE IN JANUARY 2009


    Front page of Feizy's newly revamped website.

    DALLAS– Feizy Rugs will launch the newest version of its website, www.feizy.com, in January 2009.  The new site was completely revamped and was one of the last projects overseen by the late Jeanne Carroll, Feizy’s director of advertising and marketing.


  • 12082008 Feizy Unveils Winter 2009 Catalogue

    FEIZY UNVEILS WINTER
    2009 HOME CATALOGUE

    DALLAS – Feizy Rugs has published the latest version of its Feizy Home catalogue.  The new 360-page Winter 2009 catalogue features nearly 300 hand knotted, hand tufted and power loomed rugs in single-rug photos and lifestyle images.


  • 12112008Momeni to Open New Showroom at AmericasMart Atlanta

    MOMENI TO MOVE INTO 13,000 SQ.FT. 
    SHOWROOM IN AMERICASMART ATLANTA


    CARLSTADT, NJ -- Momeni will relocate its AmericasMart showroom in Atlanta to a 13,000 sq. ft. anchor space  (5-A-2) on the Fifth Floor of the Area Rug Center, according to Reza Momeni, president of the rug importing company.


  • 12152008 Nourison Becomes Partner In US Customs Program

    NOURISON BECOMES PARTNER
    IN US CUSTOMS SECURITY PROGRAM

    SADDLE BROOK, NJ – Nourison has become a C-TPAT partner with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Under the program (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism), Nourison has implemented
      security procedures that help secure the global supply chain.


  • 12232008 Surya Awarded Niryat Shree Trophy

    INDIAN GOVERNMENT AWARDS
    SURYA
    NIRYAT SHREE TROPHY

    CALHOUN, GA – Surya Inc. has been recognized by the Government of India and the Ministry of Commerce’s Federation of Indian Export Organizations (FIEO) for its excellence in exports. The award was receiving during a ceremony held on December 16, in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.


  • 12252008 Amici Opens Showroom in Dubai
    AMICI OPENS PERMANENT
    SHOWROOM IN DUBAI

     

    RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP, NJ --Amici International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Amici Imports USA, has opened a 3,000 sq. ft. permanent showroom in Dubai , UAE.


  • 12292008 Art Resources Expands in Atlanta
    ART RESOURCES EXPANDS IN ATLANTA
    WITH ALL-CONTEMPORARY SHOWROOM

     
    LOS ANGELES -- Art Resources, an importer of classic artisanal rugs, is expanding its presence at AmericasMart Atlanta and further diversifying into the contemporary design category.

















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