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January 28, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Review: Best Electric Knife Sharpener works to match its name
    The Best Electric Knife Sharpener has a variety of features designed to help the gadget live up to its name. The sharpener uses 100% diamond abrasives and stropping discs to grind and polish edges in ten seconds, and has a built-in magnet to gather blade shavings for easy clean up. Coolest Gadgets (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Innovations 
  • Certain knives essential for any kitchen
    Chef, paring and bread knives are the only cutting implements an individual needs to begin cooking at home. The chef’s knife is a kitchen’s workhorse, cutting, chopping, slicing and carving a broad variety of foods. The Huffington Post (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail News 
  • Britons favor tablets for retail searches
    Tablets have gained popularity among Britons for retail searches, according to new data from the British Retail Consortium-Google Online Retail Monitor. Retail search volumes on tablets were up 238% year-on-year for the period ending with the fourth quarter 2012, as compared to a growth rate of 76% for smartphones. (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Shoppers are turning to retail apps more often
    Consumers spent more than 500% more time using retailers' mobile applications in December than they spent in the same month in 2011, according to analytics provider Flurry. Apps from retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue saw the biggest jump in usage and made up the largest share of overall app use in the month, the survey found. TechCrunch (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • New-home sales in U.S. dropped 7.3% in December
    Sales of U.S. new homes fell 7.3% in December, the Commerce Department said. Still, sales totaled 367,000 for all of 2012, the most since 2009. The 19.9% increase for the year marked the sharpest jump since 1983. Bloomberg (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IHA News 
  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg to headline Industry Breakfast
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be the featured speaker at the annual Industry Breakfast on Tuesday, March 5, during the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show. Bloomberg was first elected mayor in 2002 and has brought change and reform to the city during his tenure. IHA Chairman Bill Reibl, president of Infusion Living LLC, will briefly outline the association’s accomplishments in the past year and its objectives for the future. Tickets are available for purchase individually or for tables of 10 with priority seating. Order tickets. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Enhance your online marketing with complimentary consulting session
    Improve your brand's online presence. Sign 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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