Some lawmakers who support the Marketplace Fairness Act say the measure, which would let states require online retailers to collect sales tax, must remain separate from larger tax reform if it has a hope of passing. Others, including co-sponsor Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., say the measure must be part of the bigger effort to close loopholes.
The look and feel of the Southwest influenced AriZona Beverage co-founder Don Vultaggio when the company started 20 years ago, and his artist wife, Ilene, designed the first logo. Since then, the beverage-maker has become known for selling tea, lemonade and other drinks in oversize, distinctively decorated cans and bottles, Global Communications Director Jackie Harrigan said.
Trends in home decorating for the fall season are leaning heavily towards the outdoors. Neutral colors mixed with rustic looks and pieces reminiscent of farmers markets will feature heavily in offerings from retailers and designers.
Home retailer Kirkland has a launched a new website to build a community of home decor enthusiasts, where visitors can share their home decorating ideas and gather advice from professional designers. The retailer gathered thousands of e-mail addresses to enlist customers and offers value on the site to keep them engaged.
Asus will introduce an electronic-books reader under its Eee PC Brand, according to DigiTimes, a Taiwanese newspaper. Jerry Shen, president of Asus, said the e-reader is expected to be available by the end of the year.