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Blog: Housewares Show to Leave Lasting Impression

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CHICAGO-The International Home + Housewares Show, which wraps up today, continues to attract attendees with newness around every corner. This week’s show marks the unofficial launch of Blueair’s Pro XL, a high-performance air purifier with a sleek design and particle and gas sensors….Nespresso’s VertuoLine coffeemaker is the brand’s first coffee machine that produces coffee forMore »

Blog: Chicago, Chicago, It’s a Housewares Town

Starfrit

CHICAGO—It’s the third day of the International Home & Housewares Show, and it’s packed with celebrity chef appearances, educational seminars and, of course, thousands of product introductions. Among the show highlights thus far, Bodum is celebrating its 70th anniversary at the show with new colors–pink, yellow, green and blue–on a variety of products, including theMore »

Love American (Consumer) Style

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Divorce rates, along with consumer debt, are on the rise in the United States—thank goodness. While divorce and consumer debt are troubling from a social and moral view, they serve as indicators of a positive outlook for the home business. After plunging to a 40-year low at the end of the recession in 2009, divorceMore »

Mitigating Risks in Reductions-In-Force

Brian Rauch

By Brian S. Rauch Reductions-in-force have, unfortunately, become a growing trend in the retail sector. As detailed in last month’s issue of HFN, both Macy’s and J.C. Penney recently announced the elimination of 2,000 or more jobs. Even though they are typically done to improve profitability, reductions-in-force can be costly in terms of declines inMore »

Blog: Ambiente Takes the Cake

Nicolette Naumann and her team present a cake to Hutschenreuther

FRANKFURT, Germany–Ambiente show owner Messe Frankfurt celebrated longtime anniversaries of several exhibitors with a sweet surprise during the fair, which took place last month. To mark special anniversaries, Nicolette Naumann, vice president Ambiente, and her team presented representatives of 10 companies with unique cakes, whose designs were inspired by the product lines and corporate brandsMore »

Blog: Lots of Launches in Frankfurt

Ambiente, The Show

FRANKFURT, Germany­-The Ambiente fair continues its run through tomorrow, offering plenty of new product in tabletop and housewares and a backdrop for the launch (or relaunch) of brands here in Frankfurt. Some brands made their debut here, such as Nude, a new division of Turkish glass company Pasabache, which is offering contemporary, design-oriented pieces andMore »

Blog: HFN at Ambiente

Jersey Pottery Bolero

FRANKFURT, Germany­—Ambiente opened its doors here this morning, and Messe Frankfurt officials are expecting a good show. Board Member Detlef Braun, noting the current economic climate in Germany as positive, said, “The auguries for a successful fair are very good.” The wide expanse of new tabletop product is evident throughout the show. Portmeirion is introducingMore »

Blog: Nikko Steps Onto the World Stage

Ambient NIKKO

Japanese tabletop maker Nikko will make its debut at its own stand at the Ambiente fair in Frankfurt this week. In past years the company has been a small part of a Japanese government pavilion at the fair, so this is a big step forward. It follows on the heels of the company’s Maison &More »