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Blog: Disorder in the Court

Blog: Disorder in the Court

Big-time court cases bring out the urge for me to play prosecutor. Thus, the Macy’s v. Martha Stewart and J.C. Penney trial, now in its third week, has me—figuratively, at least—at the trial, seated before judge and witness stand, ready to put the heat on the defendants. The trial has produced at least two memorableMore »

Blog: Housewares Show Wraps Up

Blog: Housewares Show Wraps Up

CHICAGO—The International Home + Housewares Show winds down today, just ahead of an anticipated snow storm. Color continued to be big at the show. Shades of blue—ocean colors that range from deep blue to turquoise—have made one of the biggest color statements at the show. Vendors such as Anchor Hocking, Sagaform and Homer Laughlin’s FiestaMore »

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 »

SodaStream Goes Mainstream

SodaStream Goes Mainstream

As the home furnishings industry convenes for its annual gathering at McCormick Place, it’s interesting to note that U.S. consumers are in the midst of a rare housewares moment. Fizz-maker SodaStream created a housewares buzz amongst consumers with a much-seen ad during the recent Super Bowl. The Israeli-based company undoubtedly will have one of theMore »

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 »