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March 1, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • MSC opens operations in the UK
    MSC International has opened a warehouse, customer service and distribution operation in the UK for the company’s Joie products. Canadian-based MSC is known for novelty kitchenware products. HousewaresLive.net (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Key To Positive Cash Flow
Every business is cyclical with cash flow ups and downs. The key is to find a way to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Well it's not. There are systems and processes that make it easier to collect the cash you've earned so your small business can grow. Learn how these small-business owners set up their businesses for success.

  Trends & Innovations 
 
  • Chef's Choice gets top ranking from Hammacher Schlemmer
    The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute has given U.S.-made Chef’s Choice Model 130 Professional Sharpening Station a "The Best" rating in the 2013 electric knife sharpening category. Institute analysts ran the Chef’s Choice product through various tests and found it effectively sharpens all kinds of steel knives to sharp, resilient edges. The Gourmet Retailer (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Retail News 
 
  • Sears reports higher-than-expected profits
    Sears Holdings reported a higher-than-anticipated quarterly profit on Thursday, driven largely by cost-cutting measures as same-store sales fell 1.6%. CEO Edward Lampert said the retailer will continue a plan launched in May to boost sales with investments in in-store technology, online retail and the Sears customer-loyalty program. Reuters (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Financial stress sends more consumers to dollar stores
    Family Dollar stores see more emphasis on consumables such as food and cleaning products among their typically low-income or financially stressed patrons, says Chief Financial Officer Mary Winston. Dollar Tree and Family Dollar both grew last year, with Family Dollar opening 475 stores in 2012 and planning 500 more this year. CNBC/Consumer Nation blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

  Finance & Policy 
 
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

  IHA News 
  • Follow the Housewares Show on Twitter at #IHHS13
    Can't make it to the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show? We've got you covered with our social media updates from the Show floor! Search the hashtag #IHHS13 on Twitter for all things housewares during the Show, March 2 to 5, and look for status updates, photos and more on the IHA Facebook page! Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tom Mirabile to discuss the top trends for 2013
    Today's consumer is often a study in contrasts. They want high design, but not too over-the-top. They crave innovation, but not at the expense of familiarity. These consumer expectations and other will be the focus of "Top Trends for 2013: Staying Relevant to the Unpredictable Consumer" on Monday, March 4, at the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show. Presented by Tom Mirabile, IHA's lifestyle trend forecaster and senior vice president of global trend and design at Lifetime Brands, the program begins at 7:30 a.m. and is open to all Show attendees. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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