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March 5, 2013
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News for and about the housewares industry

  Industry Update 
  • Panelists lay out strategy on housewares for supermarkets
    Housewares can be a profitable product segment for supermarkets if properly managed, panelists including Steve Davis of Weis Markets, Bill Anderson of H-E-B and Dewayne Rabon of BI-LO Winn-Dixie said during the International Homes + Housewares Show. Putting an emphasis on the customer and combining that with key industry data are central to developing a profitable strategy. The Gourmet Retailer (3/4), HFNMag.com (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Horse meat scandal drives sales of meat preparation appliances
    Argos has seen a jump in sales of meat grinders, mincers and sausage makers in recent weeks following a scandal involving horse meat in store-bought products. "This behavior suggests that the nation's meat eaters want to know exactly what's going into their food -- and it's so easy to make burgers from scratch with all the recipes available on the Internet,” said Argos homewares buyer Kate Gibson. HousewaresLive.net (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Innovations 
  • Pantone unveils color, design trends for 2014
    Pantone LLC has released key color and design themes for 2014 as part of the company’s participation in the International Homes + Housewares Show. The Pantone View home + interiors 2014 trend forecast features nine palettes including Techno Color, Tribal Threads and Sculpted Simplicity. Home Textiles Today (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Self-stirring pot proves popular with consumers
    Inventor Hideki Watanabe’s Kurukuru Nabe is proving popular with Japanese consumers since its market launch in January. The pot is designed to stir contents when water reaches a certain temperature, freeing up cooks’ hands for other kitchen tasks. CNET (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail News 
  • Debenhams warning on profits sends shares into dive
    Department store retailer Debenhams saw its shares tumble in value after warning first-half profits are likely to be down against last year. Debenhams, the second largest British department retailer, said heavy snows and weather in January had a significant impact on sales. HousewaresLive.net (3/4), Reuters (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Some mobile retail apps could use a facelift
    Mobile is expected to account for one-quarter of all retail sales by 2014, but retail applications are not foolproof, with crashes topping the list of consumer complaints, according to the Xtreme Labs Retail Apps Report. "Apple OS devices, 22%, and Android, 21%, lack in physical appearance. The report notes that some of the retailers with poorly designed sites, like Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, or Kohl's, could easily redesign then," Laurie Sullivan writes. MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • Obama nominates Moniz for Energy Dept., McCarthy as EPA chief
    President Barack Obama has nominated Ernest Moniz for secretary of energy and Gina McCarthy as head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Moniz, who oversees the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Energy Initiative, was called a "brilliant scientist" by Obama. McCarthy is currently the head of the EPA's air and radiation office. The Washington Post (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IHA News 
  • Going Green spotlights housewares' sustainable practices
    Consumers want to choose eco-friendly products, and sustainable practices drive many businesses today. The Going Green display, located in the Hall of Global Innovation, features sustainable products and packaging offered by Housewares Show exhibitors. Sustainability experts chose the items to present a snapshot of our industry's greener directions in materials, manufacturing processes and supply chain choices. While at the display, Ask an Expert for advice about your company’s needs -- experts in packaging, materials providers, and other services will be on hand. Plus Material ConneXion, the world's largest materials library, will present touchable samples of the latest sustainable materials. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Follow the Housewares Show on Twitter at #IHHS13
    If you couldn't make it to the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show, we've got you covered with our social media updates from the Show floor! Search the hashtag #IHHS13 on Twitter for all things housewares during the Show, March 2 to 5, and look for status updates, photos and more on the IHA Facebook page! Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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