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January 29, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Electric mill grinds up variety
    Trisa Starline’s electrical gourmet mill is designed to grind up a variety of foods. The gadget features two separate chambers and three different friction plates for tailoring consistency. Gizmodo (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Appliance makes breakfast sandwich preparation easy
    The Hamilton Beach 25475 Breakfast Sandwich Maker is designed to make breakfast sandwich construction simple. The appliance features a sliding cooking plate to help cook and assemble layers of ingredients into a portable package. CNET (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail News 
  • De'Longhi reports revenue increases for 2012
    The De’Longhi Group reported increased revenues of 7% for 2012, with a 4.8% revenue increase in the fourth quarter despite ongoing economic uncertainty in many of the company’s main markets. The appliance maker also acquired the Braun brand from Procter & Gamble in September, and took over full operational control on Jan. 1. ApplianceMagazine.com (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How retailers will be spending their tech budgets in 2013
    This year will be a transitional one for retail technology, as retailers boost their IT investments in their push to keep up, said analyst Deborah Weinswig. In 2013, Macy's will test RFID technology in its Herald Square shoe department, Belk will spend almost half of its $600 million capital expenditure budget for the next five years on IT, and Saks has added social and mobile components including a live shoe cam to promote its revamped footwear department. Women's Wear Daily (subscription required) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • Employers praise push for immigration reform
    An initiative in Congress to overhaul immigration law is drawing praise from employers, many of whom say the system is broken and hinders hiring. Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith says he is "encouraged by the momentum" for immigration reform. National Council of Farmer Cooperatives President and CEO Charles Conner says the push is the best opportunity "in a generation" to solve farmers' immigration-law problems. Reuters (1/28), The Washington Post (1/28), RealClearPolitics (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: U.S. avoidance of austerity pays off
    "A big part of why the U.S. economy is doing better than Europe's is precisely because we did not switch to rapid austerity," said Christina Romer, a former economic adviser to President Barack Obama. The best way to cut the deficit is to limit long-term growth of entitlements, rather than imposing spending cuts that reduce immediate growth, she says. "That is a trade-off which both Mr Obama and the Republicans would be wise to make," according to The Economist. The Economist (tiered subscription model) (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IHA News 
  • New Product Showcase deadline extended to Feb. 15
    The deadline for entries in the New Product Showcase has been extended to Feb. 15. The showcases are located in the Buyers Clubs in each building and open only to buyers and news media to view. A must-see destination for buyers, the showcases also allow buyers to scan products of interest and receive a printout with more information about the item. Don't miss out on this opportunity to put your new products in front of the buyers and media in a secure area. Enter today. 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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