Sylvania LED bulbs to appear at Menards
Osram Sylvania released new LED bulbs at Menards stores on Oct. 11, according to an announcement from the Danvers, Mass., manufacturer. Part of the “Ultra LED” A line, the omnidirectional bulbs are available in two wattages. The 8W is equivalent to the 40W incandescent, and the 13.5W is equivalent to the 60W incandescent. The Ultra LED BR 30 and BR 40 are replacements for the equivalent 65W incandescent models.
Phil Rioux, general manager of Consumer Lighting LED Retrofits at Osram Sylvania, noted that the lighting company’s annual consumer survey showed that LED adoption grew to nearly one household in ten (9%), with 81% of Americans reporting they have heard of LED bulbs.
“We anticipate more consumers to adopt LED lighting into their homes as the phaseout approaches," Rioux said.
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Window Expressions expanding in commercial, residential markets
Window Expressions, the Elkhart, Ind., manufacturer and distributor of commercial and residential window coverings and drapery, has announced that Melissa Ramey has been hired to fill its newly created position of product/market sales specialist. Window Expressions and its sister company, United Shade, are affiliates of the Dicor Corp.
Ramey’s initial duties will include business development within the commercial/contract area, as well as with other manufacturers in the component markets. She will also open up opportunities in larger markets, such as hospitality and hotel, assisted living, hospitals, housing authorities, property managers, schools, universities, specialty paint, hardware and home improvement stores.
“As [Ramsey] develops these new application markets, she will expand her duties into major account relationship management, as well as taking a leading role in targeting our solutions for architectural acceptance and bid specification,” said Richard Delks, general manager of Window Expressions.
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Holiday forecast for 2011: “Average”
Retailers that enjoyed robust sales during the 2010 holiday season should not expect a repeat performance, according to a forecast from the National Retail Federation (NRF). The Washington, D.C., trade organization predicted a 2.8% increase this year, totaling $465.6 billion. In 2010, holiday retail sales rose 5.2% over the previous year, according to the NRF. The 10-year average holiday sales increase is 2.6%.
“Just when you think the U.S. economy is turning around, another factor comes into play that changes the game,” said NRF chief economist Jack Kleinhenz. “Persistently high unemployment, an erratic stock market, modest income growth and rising consumer prices are all combining to impact spending this holiday season. How Americans will react to shaky economic data is the question, but the good news for retailers is that shoppers have not yet thrown in the towel.”
For the first time this year, NRF used its holiday forecasting model to create a projection for seasonal hiring in retail. According to the NRF, retailers are expected to hire between 480,000 and 500,000 seasonal workers this holiday season, which is comparable with the 495,000 seasonal employees they hired last year. While most retailers bring in additional employees during the holiday season to account for an uptick in traffic and sales, retailers have also been hiring throughout the last year: Since last August, the retail industry has added nearly 100,000 jobs.