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January 23, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Red tape slows IKEA's global growth, CEO says
    New IKEA store openings that used to take two to three years from start to finish now take twice the time, as bureaucracy grows in many markets, CEO Mikael Ohlsson said. "We need to learn how to deal with it by having more projects on the go. But I also think there's room for improvement from the authorities' side, as well." The Wall Street Journal (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Inventor creates oven to fire up pizza in three minutes
    London-based inventor Kristian Tapaninaho has created the Uuni, a portable wood-fire pizza oven that can cook up pizza in just three minutes. Tapaninaho projects the commercial version of the Uuni will weigh about 11 pounds and come in a stainless steel finish. Gizmag (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Innovations 
  • R2-D2 takes up pizza slicing duties
    Fans of the "Star Wars" franchise have a new way to express their fandom with the R2-D2 Pizza Cutter. The device features a likeness of the popular droid on its handle accompanied by mechanical sounds and whistles associated with the character. (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail News 
  Finance & Policy 
  • Data show a surge in U.S. home prices last year
    House prices in the U.S. climbed almost as much in 2012 as they did at the peak of the housing bubble, and may keep increasing at a slightly slower pace this year, Zillow says. Prices gained 5.9% compared with 2011 and are forecast to rise an additional 3.3% this year, the firm said. The National Association of Realtors said existing homes sold in 2012 increased 9.2% compared with 2011, reaching their highest level in five years. MarketWatch (1/22), USA Today (1/22), Banker & Tradesman (Boston) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IHA News 
  • IHA Innovation Awards deadline Jan. 25
    The deadline for entries in the Second Annual IHA Innovations Award is Friday, Jan. 25. Products entered in the New Product Showcases by Friday will be eligible for the Innovation Awards competition. The finalists will be spotlighted in the New Product Showcases, located in the Buyers Club in each Show building. A panel of expert judges, including seasoned designers, retailers and industry experts, will select submissions that represent the best in each of 13 product categories. The winners will be announced on Saturday, March 2. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • You’re an IHA member -- benefit from it!
    IHA members have access to annual benefits, from business cost-savings programs to networking opportunities to member share groups. The 2013 membership renewal notices will be mailed in mid-February. Don’t lose any benefits -- renew today. Lower your costs on container freight shipping, LTL freight, ground shipping programs and more. Find employees through the housewares Job Center. Other assistance programs include product testing, export assistance, media access through press events and researching global markets through trade missions. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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