Matchbox named Australian Global Innovation Award winner | Hot 2013 trends in kitchen gadgets emerge | Stand mixers can help clear kitchen clutter
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March 7, 2013
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Bloomberg all business at Housewares Show breakfast
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke about business, gun control and obesity during a speech at the International Homes + Housewares Show's International Housewares Association breakfast. Bloomberg said a successful business strategy should include innovation, customer service, accountability and giving back to the community. (3/5)
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Matchbox named Australian Global Innovation Award winner
Matchbox has been selected as the Australian winner of the 2012 Global Innovation Award, the leading award program for the housewares industry. Matchbox, a kitchenware and cookware retailer, operates more than two dozen stores that feature specialist products from brands including Jamie Oliver and Lavazza. (Australia) (3/6)
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Trends & Innovations
Hot 2013 trends in kitchen gadgets emerge
Manufacturers and retailers displayed the hottest trends for kitchen gadgets at the International Home + Housewares Show. Multifunction devices, cooking as entertainment and kitchen tools available in a range of bold colors are among the top trends. CBS MoneyWatch (3/6)
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Stand mixers can help clear kitchen clutter
A stand mixer can replace more than two dozen kitchen tools and clear out kitchen clutter, according to Macy's. Stand mixer attachments can replace items including knives, graters, whisks, juicers, grain mills and meat grinders. Lifehacker (3/6)
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Kalita Wave combines function, style
The Kalita Wave is gaining popularity among coffee aficionados because the pour-over brewer uses flat-bottom filters to more evenly extract flavor. Users slowly pour water over coffee grounds to send brewed liquid through the filter into the stainless steel Wave. Gizmodo Australia (3/6)
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Corkcicle gadget keeps bottle contents cold
Corkcicle's Chillsner is a beer-drinking accessory designed to keep users' favorite brews cool. The thermal gel-filled aluminum rod goes directly into the bottle and features a "drink-thru spout." CNET (3/6)
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Retail News
Big Lots reports sales results
Big Lots Inc. reported results for the fiscal year ending Feb. 2, posting net sales of $5.4 billion for the year, up from $5.2 billion in 2011. The company also reported that comparable store sales for outlets in the U.S. dropped 3.5% in the fourth quarter year over year. HomeWorld Business (3/6)
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Kohl's opens new stores across the country
Kohl's Department Stores has opened nine locations across seven states including Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Texas. The Wednesday openings bring the company's total number of stores to 1,155. HomeWorld Business (3/6), Retailing Today (3/6), (3/6)
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Finance & Policy
House passes interim measure to avert U.S. government shutdown
The House of Representatives passed a bill in a 267-151 vote that would fund U.S. government programs through Sept. 30 to avoid a March 27 shutdown. Some attendees of a dinner meeting between President Barack Obama and Senate Republican leaders are more optimistic that Democrats and Republicans can reach an agreement on the budget and debt. Reuters (3/7), USA Today (3/6), The Hill (3/6)
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IHA News
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 group. The 2013 membership renewal notices were 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, member share groups and researching global markets through trade missions. Learn more.
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Save the date for CHESS 2013
Mark your calendar now for the Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession (CHESS) Oct. 8 and 9 in Rosemont, Ill. The two-day strategic and networking event of the year for industry leaders features stimulating keynote, general and break-out sessions by experts on critical business issues. For more information, e-mail Judy Colitz at IHA at
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