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January 3, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Designer crafts award-winning teapot
    Ran Xiangfei was named winner of best tableware design at the Elle Decoration International Design Awards 2012 China. His Landscape Teapot will go on to compete in the global competition in Milan in April. China Daily (Beijing) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Innovations 
  • Coffee gains ground in India
    Coffee consumption is on the increase in urban areas across India as coffee shop culture takes hold and retailers offer a widening variety of options for home brewing systems. Appliance makers including Panasonic and Philips have seen sales increase as cafe chains like Barista Lavazza and Costa Coffee have helped drive up national consumption by 6% a year. The Economic Times (India) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Juicer aims to make work efficient and easy
    Robot Coupe's J100 Ultra Juicer is designed for fast, efficient juicing for both personal and commercial use. It features an auto-feed system and is tall enough to place a blender's pitcher beneath the spout. QSRMagazine.com (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail News 
  • December sales reflect ups and downs
    Costco beat analysts expectations with a 9% jump in December same-store sales, and Macy's booked an increase of 4.1% over the same month last year, although not every retailer fared as well. The month's uneven results reflect the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the Newtown, Conn., shootings, as well as concerns about the "fiscal cliff", analysts and retail executives said. CNBC (1/3), USA Today (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • Analysts: Budget deal offers little hope for hiring, sales growth
    Uncertainty created by lawmakers' temporary fix for the budget crisis leaves little hope that the U.S. economy will benefit from improved sales, hiring or an influx of investment, business analysts say. The next battle in Congress over raising the debt limit likely will depress consumer and business sentiment for months, they said. The Washington Post (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IHA News 
  • Enter your product in the IHA Innovation Awards
    Once again, International Home + Housewares Show exhibitors' latest creations and cutting-edge innovations will receive recognition with the second annual IHA Innovation Awards. The finalists will be spotlighted in the New Product Showcases, located in the Buyers Club in each Show building. A panel of expert judges, including seasoned designers, retailers and industry experts, will select submissions that represent the best in each of 13 product categories. To be eligible, a product must be entered in the New Product Showcase. The winners will be announced on Saturday, March 2. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minimize your environmental impact while maximizing profitability
    Sustainability is a critical issue in the housewares industry, and with the FTC's recent guidelines on greenwashing, suppliers need as much information as possible on this important business strategy. IHA offers members access to experts in sustainability certification, environmental innovation, eco-assessment and eco-lifestyle branding. Learn how these services can help your company maximize its profitability, grow market share and enhance your competitive advantage, all while minimizing your environmental impact. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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