Krieger becomes member of Begros
According to a report in the trade journal Möbelkultur, the Krieger Group will become a member of the purchasing association Begros. The furniture retail group, previously not a member of any association, also includes Höffner and Möbel Kraft. In 2018, Krieger took over Möbel Finke. After Ikea and the XXXLutz Group, the company is currently the third-largest German furniture retailer. Other Begros members are Porta, Kika / Leiner, Möbel Martin and Opti Wohnwelt.
Dallas Home & Gift Market: Feizy wins award for best presentation
The US based rug manufacturer won the award for best visual presentation at the Winter Total Home & Gift Market in Dallas. To bring the showroom to life, Feizy partnered with Artistic Transfer, representing a large pool of talented artists from around the world. Each day of the market, an artist painted live in the front windows of the Feizy showroom, allowing visitors to the market to witness the creative process in the midst of rugs.
Heimtextil postponed to 2022, International Consumer Goods Show cancelled
It is now official: Heimtextil will not be held as a physical trade fair this year and the Ambiente replacement International Consumer Goods Show will not take place either. "The Corona pandemic is extremely present at the moment and is also influencing our planning. In view of the current situation, we cannot meet our customers' expectations with regard to internationally oriented trade fairs in April and May", says Detlef Braun, Member of the Board of Management of Messe Frankfurt. The trend-oriented order cycles of the consumer goods and textiles sectors require an annual event in spring, so a further postponement to the second half of the year would not meet the needs of the exhibiting companies.
Westwing with 62% more turnover
According to a report in the Handelsblatt, online furniture retailer Westwing was able to increase its turnover in 2020 by 62% compared to the previous year: from EUR 267 million to EUR 433 million. In terms of profit, Westwing expects to reach the upper end of the forecasted EUR 37 - 48 million, the report continues.
Dänisches Bettenlager: New name, expanded home range
After Austria, now also in Germany: "Dänisches Bettelager" becomes "Jysk". From autumn 2021, the chain store Dänisches Bettenlager will also operate in Germany under the name of its parent company Jysk. In the future, all of the company's more than 3,000 shops worldwide will operate under the uniform name. In addition to the new name, the product range offered is also to be significantly expanded.
Maison & Objet only again in autumn
The organiser has cancelled the Maison & Objet, which has been postponed to March 2021. As planned, the Paris furnishing trade fair will not take place again until 9 to 13 September. Then, with "Work", a focus on the design of offices and working environments is planned, among other things. There have been major changes in this sector in recent months.
Kika and Leiner with new online shops
Kika and Leiner are doing really well online: according to a press release by the Kika/Leiner group, the number of visits to the sites has risen sharply in the last few months; especially small pieces of furniture (for working from home), box spring beds and wardrobes are in high demand. This is one of the reasons why the planned relaunch of the two online shops has been brought forward.
Mischioff senior boss Sandro Misio deceased
For the Swiss hand-knotting specialist Mischioff, the year 2020 came to a sad end: on 22 December, senior boss Sandro Misio died at the age of 89. Misio took over the wholesale company from his father in 1967. Since 2000, his sons, Dani and Sascha Misio, have been running the business; Sandro Misio continued to support them with his expertise.
Ebay: free support for German bricks-and-mortar shops
Bricks-and-mortar retailers who want to get started online can get support from Ebay Germany: As part of the "Ebay-Durchstarter" programme (a programme for "rising stars", so to say), the online marketplace operators offer personal consultation and service regarding all aspects of selling goods via the said platform. For six months, retailers can participate free of charge and pay no sales commission on their premium shops for three months.
Pappelina sold to Wallvision
Swedish Wallpaper supplier Wallvision broadens its portfolio by including designer rugs and acquiring Pappelina on 7 January. Pappelina's founder and Creative Director Lina Rickardsson will continue to work 50% as an employee, focussing on the design side of the business.
In addition to wallcovering, where the group has its roots, Wallvision offers home furniture textiles and cushions.