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In Canada, a recall of blinds and shades

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Together with Health Canada, the Window Covering Safety Council has announced a voluntary recall for certain corded bottom-up top-down (BUTD) window blinds and shades, most of which are custom-made.

Health Canada deems corded BUTD shades with a cord joiner device on the intermediate rail operating cord, specifically those which are not meant to separate under force, do not meet the 2008 Canadian Corded Window Coverings Regulations. The exposed loop above the joined cord of the intermediate rail operating cord creates a strangulation hazard for young children.

According to Health Canada, there has been one fatality in Canada (in 2011) and one in the United States (in 2008), both involving children under three years of age.

The products in question come in various shapes and sizes, but all have an intermediate rail with its own cord between the bottom rail and head rail of the shade. 

Consumers can contact the WCSC for a free retrofit kit, which converts the joined cord into separate cords and includes cord cleats to help further child-proof the shades.

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iRobot COO leaves company amid restructuring

BY HBSDEALER Staff

In response to the company’s management restructuring initiative, which reduced the responsibilities of his position, COO Jeff Beck has left iRobot amid the company’s 2014 planning cycle.

The company decided to streamline leadership for operational efficiency after shifting the company’s focus to three essential market segments in the beginning of 2012.

"Since realigning the company in Q1 2012, iRobot has evolved into a single organization focused on three distinct market segments," said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot. "These markets are served by business units, each with experienced leadership, supported by shared engineering and supply chain teams. Having completed this transition and effectively reduced the operational complexity of the organization, the responsibilities of the COO were minimized, giving us the opportunity to flatten the organization by expanding upon the CFO and CTO functions."

Beck was promoted to COO early last year during the initial reorganization. Previously, he had led the company’s consumer division.

iRobot will not be seeking a replacement COO in 2014.

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Tile Shop expands its New Jersey presence

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The Tile Shop has opened a new retail location in North Plainfield, N.J., marking its fifth store in the state as well as the 17th new store out of a planned 20 for the year.

“In preparing to open our new store in the borough of North Plainfield, we came to understand that residents of this area expect high-quality products that deliver incredible value and beauty to maintain their historic homes,” said Carl Randazzo, SVP retail. “The community features a wide range of home styles, from Victorians built in the 1880s and 1890s, when North Plainfield was just a couple decades old, to contemporary, post-war ranch homes built in the 1950s.”

The new location is located near the Wachtung Square shopping center at 1200 Route 22 and will feature a selection of over 4,500 stone and tiles.

As is customary with Tile Shop locations, fully decorated vignettes with real appliances, lighting and plumbing fixtures will showcase the product selection.

The location will also offer a free, hour-long "How to Tile" workshop every Saturday morning.

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