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December 31, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Cutting board takes the spill risk out of food preparation
    The John Boos Newton Prep Master Cutting Board with Pan is designed to minimize kitchen messes created during food preparation. The cutting board has a groove cut around its perimeter to help direct juices into a collection pan for disposal or use in gravies and other sauces. CNET (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Year’s Day auction carries country living theme
    BHD Auctions and Constantine & Pletcher are ramping up their preparations for their annual New Year’s Day auction. A majority of items in this year’s collection are country goods from a weekend-retreat log cabin near Somerset, and include a Tiffany lamp, circa-1850s furniture and Asian rugs. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  Trends & Innovations 
 
  • News team tests out claims on Chef Basket performance
    The "Don’t Buy It, Until We Try It" segment on Bismarck, N.D.'s KFYR-TV gives the Chef Basket a test to evaluate the products' claims. The Chef Basket is advertised as a 12-in-1 kitchen appliance that can perform a variety of cooking tasks including steaming, deep frying and boiling. KFYR-TV (Bismarck, N.D.) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Retail News 
 
  • Retailers respond as people return to the cities
    The 1970s and '80s trend of fleeing cities for suburbs has begun to reverse as consumers look to cut their dependence on cars and opt for the convenience of urban areas, writes senior retail analyst Walter Loeb. Retailers from Wal-Mart and Target to Nordstrom Rack and Whole Foods are following suit, shifting gears from big box suburban stores to new, smaller urban footprints. Forbes (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

  Finance & Policy 
 
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

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  IHA News 
  • Deadline extended for ColorWatch by Pantone display submissions
    The deadline for submissions in the ColorWatch by Pantone Display at the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show has been extended to this Friday, Jan. 4. Pantone will unveil its color palettes for 2014 at the Show. Exhibitors who have products in colors that match the nine palettes are invited to submit them for inclusion in the display. Color influences consumer purchasing and motivates buyer decisions. Attract buyers by showing how your products match home color trends. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Connect with industry professionals and consumers alike through the IHA Facebook page! Join the discussion on topics ranging from housewares news to fun photos and videos from the International Home + Housewares Show. Interact with other members via comments, check out the photo albums of exhibits and products and share your own links and insights on the wall. Become a fan of IHA on Facebook today. Like us. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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