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December 24, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Electrolux goods to hit European Taste Festivals
    Electrolux has announced plans to partner with Taste Festivals across Europe beginning in 2013. The three-year partnership plan will bring the appliance maker’s products to festivals in London, Rome, Moscow, Stockholm and other major European cities. (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Innovations 
  • Gadgets to help make food prep tasks easier
    Modern kitchen gadgets have taken a lot of the time-consuming hand work out of food preparation, writes British foodie Adele Jennings. The Kenwood 3-in-1 Can Opener with Knife Sharpener and Bottle Opener, Mermaid Deep Side Handled Roaster and Morphy Richards 3-in-1 Mixing Gadget are her top three picks for must-have gadgets this holiday season. The Daily Mirror (U.K.) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail News 
  • Will IKEA cut cafes to open in India?
    The government agency considering IKEA's application to open stores in India struck cafes and restaurants off the application, along with 18 other product categories. The retailer, which doesn't operate any of its 300 stores in 40 countries without cafes, is working to clarify the point, a spokesperson said. Business Standard (India) (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • Analysis: Globalization lost ground in 2012
    Countries are less connected to one another now than in 2007, and they probably don't even know it, according to the DHL Global Connectedness Index, according to The Economist. Pankaj Ghemawat of IESE Business School says that people assume countries are much more connected to one another than they really are and that the people who run companies overestimate global connectedness more than any other group. "Perhaps this is why their efforts to expand abroad so often stumble," the magazine notes. The Economist (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IHA News 
  • Webinar explains Show marketing services
    IHA offers exhibitors more than 20 services to help them bring buyers and news media to their booth at the International Home + Housewares Show. If you missed the webinar IHA held recently explaining the programs and how they will help you have a successful Show, you can listen to "Bringing More Buyers and News Media to Your Booth" any time on IHA's website. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IHA's LinkedIn page connects the housewares industry
    Connect with peers from around the housewares industry via pages for IHA and HECNA on LinkedIn. Communicate with other housewares business professionals, post questions/answers, help peers with problems and conduct B2B relationships all within the same webpage. The HECNA page connects the international sales managers of our global networking community to help them keep in touch on issues year round. Join our networks today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--William Blake,
British poet and painter

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