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January 18, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Quirky gadget takes food off knives
    Quirky has unveiled a knife accessory to help home cooks get the last bits of chopped ingredients easily off their kitchen knives. The Glide is a clip-on attachment that slides down the blade, removing any food present. Gizmodo Australia (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Innovations 
  Retail News 
  • Retailers get more creative as showrooming goes mainstream
    Showrooming may have started in consumer electronics stores, but it has spread, and shoppers are now using their mobile gadgets to compare prices and buy online all kinds of retail stores, executives said at Retail's BIG Show. The trend is driving new innovations, from puppies at Petco to exclusives at Target, to keep sales in the store. The Wall Street Journal (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • U.S. housing starts reach highest level since 2008
    Housing starts in the U.S. increased 12.1% last month compared with November, reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 954,000, the Commerce Department says. In 2012, construction began on about 780,000 units, a 28.1% increase from 2011. RTT News (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Markets signal little worry about eurozone debt
    Concerns about the eurozone debt crisis are fading, despite weakness in underlying economies. Italian and Spanish bonds have been strengthening for six months, and the euro is at its highest value in 10 months. Meanwhile, Spain has successfully concluded a large debt offering. Reuters (1/17), The Wall Street Journal (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IHA News 
  • IHA Innovation Awards deadline Jan. 25
    The deadline for entries in the second annual IHA Innovations Award is Jan. 25. Products entered in the New Product Showcases by Jan. 25 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
  • 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 LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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