ONLINE VIDEO REPORT: RETAIL ANALYST BRITT BEEMER SAYS CYBER MONDAY’S A HOAX
CHARLESTON, SC – In an interview on Fox Business News, retail analyst Britt Beemer, said that Cyber Monday is a hoax, nothing more than a marketing tool. But Beemer also states Early Bird Specials on Black Friday were very successful especially for Flat Screen TV’s which outsold toys by 7.3%. To view the video of this interview, click here.
Rugnews.com Top 20 Stories of 2009: TOP RUG STORIES REFLECT INDUSTRY'S DETERMINATION TO CREATIVELY OVERCOME ECONOMY'S CHALLENGES
By Lissa Wyman
Desperate times require unusual and daring solutions. Our choices for the top 20 events reflect those daring and unusual moves and a willingness to take chances. 2009 was not a year for the faint of heart. To see the Rugnews.com Top 20 news stories of 2009, click here.
READER PROVIDES RUGNEWS.COM WITH IMAGE OF COMMEMORATIVE 1776 RUG
Responding to a recent commentary in Rugnews.com, reader Neil D. Ammerall has kindly provided us with images of the 1776 Commemorative Rug made by Alexander Smith, a division of Mohasco Industries. Details, click here.
Rugnews.com Editorial: DECADE IN REVIEW: FROM HEIGHTS TO DEPTHS IN 10 YEARS -- WHAT A RIDE!
By Lissa Wyman
People often say the rug business is like a roller coaster ride. But in the last few years, there haven't been many "ups" from which to plummet. If we must go to amusement parks to get our analogies, I'd say the rug business is more like a Tilt-A-Whirl. That's the ride that jostles you against your riding mates 'til you turn black and blue and spins you around until you throw up. No matter how much you cry, it won't stop and let you off.
MOMENI MOVING TO NEW AMERICASMART SHOWROOM; CELEBRATES 35TH ANNIVERSARY
CARLSTADT, NJ -- Momeni is moving to a new 9,000 sq. ft. showroom, 4-B-4 at AmericasMart Atlanta. The new showroom will be the setting for Momeni's gala 35th Anniversary celebration, according to the company.
CELEBRITY DESIGNER THOM FILICIA TO APPEAR AT GRAND OPENING PARTY FOR NEW SAFAVIEH ATLANTA SHOWROOM
Thom Filicia with new Jasper Crackle rug in Vanguard Furniture’s High Point Showroom. The rug is inspired by the artisanal pottery-making tradition of upstate New York, where Filicia was raised. (Photo courtesy of Vanguard Furniture)
PORT WASHINGTON, NY—Celebrity designer Thom Filicia will appear at the Grand Opening of Safavieh's new 13,000 sq. ft. showroom (5-2-A) during the upcoming Atlanta International Rug Market. The festivities will take place Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 from 5 to 7 p.m.
LAS VEGAS --World Market Center Las Vegas and Surfaces, the annual floor covering exposition, have announced a strategic partnership. The two shows will take place during the first week of February, 2010.
CREATIVE TOUCH TO HOST DAILY COCKTAILS DURING ATLANTA MARKET
SECAUCUS, NJ – The Creative Touch will host daily cocktails and refreshments in its Americasmart showroom 5-F-2 during the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, January 7 to 10. The events celebrates the debut of the company’s new Sal collection.
Samad president David Samad, left, with artist Rex Ray and one of the paintings that have been transformed into a rug.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – Samad has entered into a licensing agreement with artist Rex Ray in a mutual collaboration to produce the Rex Ray rug collection. Consisting of 18 designs, the hand knotted group made its debut in November at the Index Show in Dubai, UAE.
HOM FURNITURE TO ENTER DISCOUNT FURNISHINGS RETAILING IN MIDWEST
LITTLE CANADA, MN---HOM Furniture will enter the discount home furnishings business with the opening of Dock 86 in early 2010. Located on the site of a former Levitz Furniture store, the 74,000 sq. ft showroom and 91,000 sq. ft. distribution center will service the Minneapolis/St. Paul market.
HOM FURNITURE LAUNCHES NEW CONTRACT AND COMMERCIAL DIVISION
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – HOM Furniture has development a new contract and commercial sales division to help eliminate brokers and second-tier sales organizations, according to the company. The new sales division, which will capitalize on HOM’s inventory strength and the resource of a global buying team, will be led by Judy Lucas.
MINK NAMES WARD, EXPANDS MANAGEMENT DUTIES FOR MACY'S RUG DEPARTMENTS
David Mink, Jr.
NEW YORK -- Kenneth L.Mink &Sons, Inc. (KLM) has expanded its management team and further defined management, marketing and sales duties for the operation of all Macy's rug departments throughout the US.
SAFAVIEH TO RELOCATE TO 13,000 SQ. FT. ATLANTA SHOWROOM
ATLANTA—Safavieh will relocate its AmericasMart showroom in Atlanta to a new 13,000 sq. ft anchor space (5-A-2) on the Fifth Floor of the Area Rug Center, according to Arash Yaraghi, a principal of the company.
DALTON, GA – Shaw will be the exclusive flooring provider and sponsor for the HGTV Green Home Giveaway set for spring 2010. HGTV will build its third annual “green” home in The Pinehills, a community located in Plymouth, MA.
NOURISON KICKS OF 30TH ANNIVERSARY WITH ATLANTA SHOWROOM PARTY
SADDLE BROOK, NJ -- Nourison will mark its 30th anniversary in 2010 with celebrations throughout the year. The kick off party will be held in Nourison's Atlanta showroom (3F2) on Thursday, Jan. 7, beginning at 6 p.m.
RUGNEWS.COM POSTS FLIP-THROUGH CATALOGS FOR READERS TO BROWSE
Rugnews.com has introduced a new flip-through catalog program. Surya's 400-page book is the first. Click here to see the full catalog. Flip-through catalogs are the latest way for vendors to easily and economically interface with customers and potential customers.
Retailers can browse the catalog and immediately log on to the vendor's website to order. It's a quick and seamless process and we will be introducing new catalogs to the library during early 2010.
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