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April 26, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Vacuum cleaner prepares disposable cubes
    The GTech AirRam vacuum is a cordless, low-energy machine that offers an unusual way to dispose of the dirt and dust collected. The AirRam compresses dirt into disposable cubes that can be tossed with a minimum of mess. Digital Trends (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Time off boosts employee morale — and other pleasant surprises
New research reveals that a clearly articulated time-off policy that's fairly, transparently implemented improves employee productivity and morale —creating a happier, more loyal workforce for long term success.
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  Trends & Innovations 
  Retail News 
  • Iconix predicts big results from JC Penney partnership
    Iconix Brand Group and JC Penney are working closely to establish the Royal Velvet brand as a major home products line. Iconix experienced a 4% decline in revenue in the first quarter as it shifted the brand to the JC Penney partnership but expects to see significant jumps moving into 2013 and beyond. Home Textiles Today (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Common traits of successful retailers
    Building trust and winning a reputation for consistency and loyalty to customers are three attributes common to a list of successful retail companies from Wal-Mart and Kohl's to Nordstrom and Ralph Lauren, this story illustrates. Forbes (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • Consumer confidence slips a little, but optimism remains
    U.S. consumer confidence fell slightly in April, edging down to 69.2 from 69.5 the previous month, according to The Conference Board’s latest index. TCB researchers said the dip reflected a recalibration of short-term spending even though the majority of consumers remain upbeat on the direction of the U.S. economy. Reuters (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bernanke: Budget solution is critical to economy
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says the Fed's lower forecasts for growth in 2013 and 2014 may reflect the impact of fiscal tightening and that Congress needs to reach an agreement to address budget shortfalls. "If no action were to be taken by the fiscal authorities, the size of the fiscal cliff is such that there's no chance that the Federal Reserve could or would have any ability whatsoever to offset that effect on the economy," Bernanke said. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (4/25), The Hill/On The Money blog (4/25), Bloomberg (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IHA News 
  • Seminar offers best practices for using manufacturers' representatives
    IHA members who use or are interested in hiring manufacturers' representatives are invited to a Manufacturer's Best Practices Program seminar presented by the Manufacturers' Representatives Educational Research Foundation. The program will be held May 22 and 23 in Indianapolis, Ind., and will help suppliers understand how to select, manage, evaluate and profit from their rep network. Reps are the face of your company in the field, and you want to be well-represented. IHA members receive a discount on tuition. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Use Housewares Connect 365 to find suppliers year round
    Even though the International Home + Housewares Show is over for this year, you can search for new products through Housewares Connect 365, a year-round search and planning tool on IHA's website. If you attended the Show and forgot a company name but know the general location on the Show floor, use the floor plans to find the company. Exhibitors will update their listings throughout the year, so bookmark this resource. Begin searching. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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