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January 22, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Women's Institute approves Pendeford products
    Pendeford Housewares cooking and baking products have been given formal recognition by the Women’s Institute, which has over 200,000 members across the U.K. The Institute says any product that receives an official seal of approval must adhere to British traditions of cooking and baking. (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Innovations 
  Retail News 
  • Florida retailers cautiously optimistic for 2013
    Florida retailers are looking at 2013 to be a year of growth and expansion with hope that consumer confidence and spending will continue to rise despite continuing financial uncertainty. "We have grown our way out of the recession now. We are at pre-recession levels in terms of sales and employment. We are projecting that trend will continue,” says the Florida Retail Federation’s John Fleming. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 tech trends changing the retail landscape
    Online retail continues to grow as consumers grow more comfortable with it, but other tech trends are also shaping the way we shop. Smartphones that let customers comparison shop on the spot are forcing retailers to be competitive on price, and interactive technology is transforming the in-store shopping experience, writes Cutler Group founder Zach Cutler. Forbes (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • Obama calls for economic growth that helps middle class
    President Barack Obama said in his inaugural address that the government must do more to make sure that when the economy expands, the middle class isn't left behind. Unlike his first inaugural speech, in which Obama focused on dealing with the aftermath of the financial crisis, this time the president said the U.S. must deal with long-term economic problems. The Washington Post (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IHA News 
  • Paint the Show Store pink
    During the International Home + Housewares Show, the Show Store is the place where attendees and exhibitors can make reservations for the Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) or purchase tickets to the Industry Breakfast. The Show Store also sells pink products to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the HCF's legacy charity. Exhibitors are needed to donate pink product that can be sold at the Store for a nominal price -- under $20 -- all proceeds to benefit BCRF. Past merchandise has included pink hair dryers, hair brushes, thermoses, magnets and bracelets for the cause. For more information, contact Ginny Costello. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IHA’s blog offers industry news, features and housewares trivia
    Stay in touch with the pulse of the housewares industry with the IHA blog. Get in-depth coverage of industry news, ranging from Show info to global topics like shipping and international business. Before the Show, learn more about the speakers in the Innovation Theater and check out the Inside Discover Design series, which features interviews with the designers and exhibitors that make up the design and innovation-focused Discover Design. Read it here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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