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Duckwall-ALCO Announces Executive Changes

BY CSA STAFF

Abilene, Kan., Duckwall-ALCO Stores, Inc. has reported two executive changes.

James Schoenbeck, senior VP of real estate, is retiring after more than 32 years of service to the company. Schoenbeck served in a variety of senior leadership positions.

Phillip Hixon has been promoted to senior VP of store development. Hixon will assume responsibility for real estate while continuing to direct the store opening process and merchandising presentation efforts. He joined the company in December 2006 after many years with Michael’s Stores, Inc., where he was responsible for opening more than 700 stores.

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Report: Staples not buying Corporate Express

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AMSTERDAM Corporate Express, according to reports, said Tuesday that it was not in discussions with Staples for a takeover.

Corporate Express is said to have denied a report in a Dutch paper that rumored the company was considering a deal with Staples.

De Telegraf, a Dutch newspaper, reported that Staples and Corporate Express were in talks, citing an unnamed Staples source.

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Natural trends dominate NY Gift Show

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NEW YORK The New York Gift Show concluded today at the Jacob Javitz Center, and while trends in the gift business can be somewhat trendier than some of those in housewares generally, as people will buy more stylishly for friends and relatives, the products presented did support the premise that natural is an important segment of the market.

In the tabletop and housewares section of the show, bamboo was big and appeared in everything from decorative accessories, to cutlery, to fabrics, to window shades.

 

Scent diffusers have almost overtaken candles in their frequency of presentation, but candles still have a significant presence, although shading toward soy and beeswax.

 

Cutlery stood out in the tabletop category, with colorful and highly decorated handles prominent, and strong design factors, including stylish curves for blades and grips, an evident trend.

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