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January 14, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Electrolux announces theme for Design Lab 2013
    Electrolux’s Design Lab 2013 will have "Urban Living" as the theme for the company’s annual competition for design students from around the world. The theme choice is intended to reflect a global reality that an increasing percentage of the world’s population now lives in densely populated urban areas. (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tiger bucks British sales trends
    Danish housewares retailer Tiger is producing strong sales numbers and growth projections on the British market without using the Internet. Overall retail numbers for the 2012 holiday season grew only because of strong online increases, but Tiger bucked the trend, posting 55% growth in December with no online presence. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Innovations 
  • Toaster designed for easy handling
    Ariet’s Toaster Brunch is designed to make toasting even the most oddly shaped baked good easy. The appliance features a removable set of toaster cages outfitted with plastic handles that remain cool to the touch. Gizmodo Australia (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Various gadgets available to make portion control easy
    Designers and manufacturers are coming forward with a variety of new products to help promote healthy eating portions. The Joseph Joseph Spaghetti Measure, SmartSpace Countertop Dispenser and Measure Up Bowl are among the products that help take the guesswork out of selecting a healthy-sized portion. Glamour (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail News 
  • Lowe's highlights "smart home" products at CES
    Home improvement retailer Lowe’s sponsored a special reception at the Consumer Electronics Show to highlight its new line of products in the "smart home" category. The company’s Iris system is designed to let homeowners control their homes using a computer, tablet or smart phone. Home Channel News (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tallying the true cost of retail theft
    Retailers aren't the only ones hurt by shoplifters and organized retail thieves -- their actions drive up the price of goods for consumers, experts say. "Fighting these self-serving and unethical criminals has been a tedious battle, but we remain resolute in our efforts and our partnerships with law enforcement to combat this growing problem," said NRF's Rich Mellor. Middletown Journal (Ohio) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Macy's, a merchant of many channels
    Macy's bucked the slower holiday trends this season, largely because it saw a payoff from its investments in online retail. "The Internet has not only helped Macy's engage and serve new customers, but it has also helped them serve existing customers better," said analyst Liz Dunn. Crain's New York Business (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
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  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
  • Plan now to attend the industry's premier housewares marketplace
    Profit from the experience and plan to attend the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show, March 2 to 5 at Chicago's McCormick Place. The Show, which opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, will feature 2,100 companies from around the globe and more than 60,000 attendees. If you haven't registered for your free Show badge, sign up today. The Show's registration website includes easy one-stop shopping for making your hotel reservations and airfare. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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