Housewares

Cracchiolo Named Jura Capresso Operations Manager

Cracchiolo Named Jura Capresso Operations Manager

CLOSTER, N.J.–Jura Capresso has appointed Stephen Cracchiolo to the newly created post of operations manager. Cracchiolo has assumed charge over the company’s information technology and operating systems, parts and inventory control. He also oversees the Jura Capresso warehouse and the analysis and improvement of its processes. He reports to Michael Schley, director of finance. BeforeMore »

Rodgers Discusses Cuisinart’s Green Strategy

Rodgers Discusses Cuisinart’s Green Strategy

STAMFORD, Conn.–Mary Rodgers, director of marketing communications for Cuisinart and Waring, spoke last week at the annual marketing meeting of the American Home Furnishings Alliance on Cuisinart’s “green” marketing initiative. The brand’s program is titled “Cuisinart GreenGourmet: a Study in Green Manufacturing and Marketing, and outlined the brand’s strategies in marketing the GreenGourmet eco-friendly lineMore »

Clean Cut Ramps Up Marketing with Infomercial Campaign

Clean Cut Ramps Up Marketing with Infomercial Campaign

NEW YORK–Clean Cut International has launched a nationwide television infomercial campaign for its CleanCut Touchless Paper Towel Dispenser. Three segments have already appeared on HSN, featuring HSN hosts Callie Northagen, Guy Yovan and Marlo Smith. In a company statement, Clean Cut said an infomercial aired in May on the Food Network, Soap, Style, Lifetime Movies,More »

Takeya Water Bottle Receives Design Award

Takeya Water Bottle Receives Design Award

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.–Takeya USA’s Modern water bottle has garnered a 2011 Bronze International Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and Fast Company magazine. The Modern is made of a durable glass that is dishwasher safe and BPA-free. It sports an elegant, silicone jacket for protection. The Industrial Designers Society ofMore »

Kmart to Launch Gordon Ramsay Housewares Line

Kmart to Launch Gordon Ramsay Housewares Line

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.–Kmart has reached an agreement to be the exclusive retailer for celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s collection of cookware, dinnerware, cooking utensils and small kitchen appliances. Called Gordon Ramsay Everyday, the collection, which will debut this fall at Kmart stores, will be priced in the retailer’s middle price ranges for these product categories. AccordingMore »

Asali Named Director of Spectrum Brands

Asali Named Director of Spectrum Brands

MADISON, Wis.–Omar Asali has joined the board of directors of Spectrum Brands Holdings, parent of the Remington men’s-shaver brand and of the George Foreman, Black & Decker, Toastmaster and Littermaid housewares brands. Asali has also been elected vice chairman of Spectrum’s board. As a director, he has succeeded Robin Roger, who resigned as a SpectrumMore »

Chicago Market, GHTA Partner for “Shop Local” Event

Chicago Market, GHTA Partner for “Shop Local” Event

CHICAGO–The Chicago Market: Living and Giving has formed an alliance with the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) to offer a Shop Local event on Aug. 1 from 4:45-7:30 p.m. The event involves a trolley tour for retailers attending the Chicago Market, who will have the opportunity to meet and network with owners of shopsMore »

HFN Deadline for Gift Fair Product Submissions This Friday, July 8

HFN Deadline for Gift Fair Product Submissions This Friday, July 8

NEW YORK–HFN is preparing its coverage of the New York International Gift Fair in August. Vendors are invited to submit information and high-resolution images of products that they plan to highlight in their showrooms. Manufacturers of bedding, bath products and window treatments should submit their information to David Gill, senior editor, at dgill@hfnmag.com. Vendors ofMore »