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Blog: At the Housewares Show

Blog: At the Housewares Show

The International Home + Housewares Show, in its third day, has been notable for new products along with celebrity chefs greeting excited crowds. A long line formed to meet Rick Bayless at the Gorham/Dansk booth; Cake Boss Buddy Valantro greeted hundreds of fans at the Meyer booth; Ingrid Hoffman hugged fawning fans at the GibsonMore »

Blog: 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1… Stop?!

Blog: 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1… Stop?!

By Kristi A. Davidson Picture this: A company introduces a new product line featuring a bold and brilliant pattern. Fabrics have been purchased, molds have been made and advertisements have been created. The launch is a roaring success, and everyone is talking. Then comes … a cease and desist letter? Accusations that the line centersMore »

Coming Home

Coming Home

Walmart’s goal of increasing its purchases of U.S.-made goods could be one of the biggest wake-up calls to the home industry in decades. At the recent National Retail Federation’s Big Show, Bill Simon, head of Walmart U.S., said both Walmart and Sam’s Club plan to buy $50 billion more in U.S.-manufactured products by 2023. PartMore »

Blog: A Celebration of Design and Innovation

Blog: A Celebration of Design and Innovation

Welcome to the 2013 International Home + Housewares Show, featuring more than 2,100 exhibitors from five continents and over 60,000 housewares professionals from 100 countries. The housewares industry, which drove sales and margin increases for many retailers last year, will present tens of thousands of new products from seasoned exhibitors. The show is also aMore »

Blog: Come Together

Blog: Come Together

The home textiles industry is looking ahead to the March showroom market, not long after the month of January, which the industry could be forgiven for calling the Month from Hell. January is the month of one trade show after another. First there is Atlanta, then Dallas, then the Gift Fair in New York. AndMore »

Blog: SodaStream, Super Bowl Winner

Blog: SodaStream, Super Bowl Winner

The Baltimore Ravens were crowned Super Bowl champions last night, but appliance-maker SodaStream was also a winner during the nation’s most-watched sporting event. More than 100 million viewers saw SodaStream make its pitch for using its appliance to create fizzy drinks at home. The company maintained that using its product is environmentally friendly, sparing landfillsMore »

Blog: Strength in Numbers in Vegas

Blog: Strength in Numbers in Vegas

The World Market Center confirmed what most attendees were saying at the Las Vegas Market during the second day of the show yesterday: Attendance was up compared to last year’s show. WMC reported that buyer attendance grew 7 percent while designer attendance rose more than 4 percent over last year, as vendors and retailers rampMore »

Blog: Vendors Successfully Stretch their Expertise at N.Y. Gift Show

Blog: Vendors Successfully Stretch their Expertise at N.Y. Gift Show

Vendors, buoyed by a positive attitude among attendees, put their best foot forward at the New York International Gift Fair, which wraps up today at 2PM. There were well-thought-out introductions and category extensions from longtime players, as well as impressive launches from relative newcomers. “This has been an unbelievably fantastic show,” said Orlando Gencarelli ofMore »