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April 3, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Consumer Reports picks top food processor
    The Breville Sous Chef BFP800XL outperformed other food processors in a recent series of tests by Consumer Reports. Food processors are designed to save time in the kitchen by performing a variety of tasks such as chopping and shredding. WXYZ-TV (Detroit) (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Plastic can help roll pastry, pie crusts
    Plastic wrap can be used to help roll out pastry and pie crusts and minimize the amount flour needed for the process. Placing the dough between two lightly floured plastic sheets before rolling will keep it from sticking to the rolling pin or surface. Los Angeles Times/Daily Dish blog (tiered subscription model) (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wayfair reports solid gains from Pinterest referrals
    Pinterest referrals are more likely to results in actual sales than those from other social media outlets, according to Wayfair executives. The home goods retailer reported Pinterest referred consumers to be 10% more likely to make a purchase and spend an average of 10% more. Mashable (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Innovations 
  • Technology allows real-time use of customer data
    Retailers have long had the ability to collect reams of data on customers' shopping habits and preferences. Now, new tech tools help merchants use that information in real-time to boost sales with systems smart enough to text shoppers immediately when products they've been searching for are about to become available, offer relevant discounts and reach out in other ways likely to persuade customers to make purchases. The Wall Street Journal (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Moms make up the majority of Facebook shoppers
    About 1.5 of Facebook's 850 million users now make direct purchases on the social platform each month, and most of the shoppers are stay-at-home moms, says Payvment CEO Christian Taylor. "The most popular items bought on Facebook are by far baby clothes and little things like bows for children’s hair,” says Taylor, whose company processes 80% of Facebook commerce transactions. WebProNews (Lexington, Ky.) (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More consumers to shop online for Easter
    About 18.7% of U.S. consumers who will shop for Easter this year plan to do at least some of their spending online, compared to 14.8% last year, according to an NRF survey. Food and candy will be the most frequent online purchases, followed by gifts, cards and clothing. AuctionBytes (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail News 
  • Target's ripple effect in Canada
    Consultants in Canada are creating a thriving market advising retailers and suppliers on the ins and outs of dealing with Target ahead of the US retailer's entry into the market next year. Target has also boosted business for Canadian consultants, seeking expert advice on everything from taxes to store design. The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (4/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IHA News 
  • SOI Report measures global housewares industry
    IHA's annual State of the Industry Report provides a vital measurement of the housewares industry and serves as a trusted source for housewares companies, media, educators and universities throughout the world. Learn what factors are driving business in the $301.9 billion global housewares industry. The 2011 Report includes new information about the various trends and motivating factors that influence consumer purchases. Data include key findings, forecasts and statistical data relevant to the overall performance of the U.S. and global housewares market. IHA members who complete their membership profile receive free access to the report. Order your copy today. 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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