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February 15, 2013
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  • Appliance mixes up quick marinades
    The Marinade Express is designed to help busy home cooks prepare flavor infused meals quickly. The device mixes ingredients in a vacuum-sealed container, producing marinated product in a matter of minutes. Coolest Gadgets (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Grillbot takes on grill cleanup
    Inventor Ethan Woods has created the Grillbot to help grilling aficionados make easy work of the cleanup process. The device, which works on gas and charcoal grills, uses three replaceable brushes to clean up messes with the push of a button. Gizmag (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail News 
  • Retailer hhgregg posts mixed sales results
    Retailer hhgregg Inc. has reported an increase of 6.1% in comparable store sales of appliances in the third quarter of the company’s current fiscal year as compared to the previous year. Comparable stores sales overall for the period were down as a result of decreases in video products and other product segments. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How will the physical shopping experience evolve?
    As digital and mobile technology gives consumers more ways to shop, trips to the store will increasingly shift from utilitarian buying missions to theatrical experiences, some retail experts say. "A few stores -- Burberry, C. Wonder in New York, Nordstrom -- have experimented with dressing rooms that the customer can actually tailor themselves," says retail architect M.J. Munsell. Bazaarblog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IHA News 
  • Tom Mirabile to discuss the top trends for 2013
    Today's consumer is often a study in contrasts. They want high design, but not too over-the-top. They crave innovation, but not at the expense of familiarity. These consumer expectations and other will be the focus of "Top Trends for 2013: Staying Relevant to the Unpredictable Consumer" on Monday, March 4, at the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show. Presented by Tom Mirabile, IHA's lifestyle trend forecaster and senior vice president of global trend and design at Lifetime Brands, the program begins at 7:30 a.m. and is open to all Show attendees. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Innovation Theater presents expert perspectives to guide your business
    In addition to the exciting new products that fill three buildings at McCormick Place, the International Home + Housewares Show offers many educational events, all at no charge to attendees. The Innovation Theater, in Room E350 in the Lakeside Center, presents 20 speakers who address timely topics in new product development and launch. Industry insiders share the latest thinking and their expertise in targeted social media, Made in the USA manufacturing, branding, visual merchandising and global consumer trends. The free, 50-minute sessions run from 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2 through 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5. More info. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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