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February 11, 2013
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News for and about the housewares industry

  Industry Update 
  • Kumai announced as new Edgeware brand ambassador
    Smith’s Consumer Products Inc. has named "Iron Chef America" judge and author Candice Kumai as a brand ambassador. Kumai will make her first appearance as ambassador for the Edgeware line of electric and manual knife sharpeners and other kitchen tools in March. HomeWorld Business (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Housewares Show unveils educational program
    The International Homes + Housewares Show has launched an education program to give visitors information on a variety of subjects including trends, designs and merchandising. The program features almost two dozen seminars led by industry insiders such as Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Innovations 
  • Report examines consumer behavior on electronics purchasing
    Millennials, individuals born between 1981 and 1999, are the main consumer purchasers and influencers around electronics products, according to a new study from the Consumer Electronics Association. The study compared Millennial behavior against Baby Boomers, Generation X and the Silent Generation. (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail News 
  • Deep-discount venture Here Today launches
    Five men with extensive retail experience have joined forces to found Here Today, which has a wholesale unit, STL Global Sales, and later will add retail and e-commerce. The first four stores will open in St. Louis, with a changing mix of merchandise including small appliances, home decor and groceries. "We're taking the best parts of some of the other value-centric retail formats out there, blending in on-trend merchandise, pricing it to knock people's socks off and bundling it all in a store that is truly inspiring," co-founder Tom Holley said. Progressive Grocer (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • Index shows U.S. housing market improvements
    The number of U.S. housing markets showing improvement continued to expand for the sixth straight month in February, according to the National Association of Home Builders/First American Improving Markets Index. A total of 259 metropolitan areas showed improvement, up from 242 in January. (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • China passes U.S. to become world's largest trader
    Chinese and U.S. statistics agree that China traded more goods than the U.S. did last year. The increase occurred despite China's economy being half of the size of the U.S. economy. "It is remarkable that an economy that is only a fraction of the size of the U.S. economy has a larger trading volume," said Nicholas Lardy of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Bloomberg (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IHA News 
  • Government Affairs Committee needs members
    IHA's Government Affairs Committee is looking for new members. This committee plays a central role in helping the housewares industry identify the federal legislative and regulatory issues that can impact the economic and business interests of its members and develop strategies that promote the industry's concerns with elected public officials. Members attend one two-day annual meeting in Washington, D.C., where they will meet with their congressional representatives and provide IHA with input on issues that are critical to their business and along with grassroots support. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Enhance your online marketing with complimentary consulting session
    Improve your brand's online presence by signing up for a free 45-minute consulting session with E-Power Marketing at the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show. E-Power is IHA's SEO vendor and its employees can help you maximize your brand with search engine optimization, advertising, social media marketing, link building, website analytics and online lead generation. Reserve your session today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. ... The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them."
--George Bernard Shaw,
Irish playwright

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