Euromonitor: Small-Appliance Sales Will Top Major Appliances by 2019

Euromonitor International

SINGAPORE-Global sales volume of small appliances will surpass sales of major appliances by 2019, according to a study by Euromonitor International. Small-appliance sales will also grow around the world by 22 percent by that year, the research firm said. “Global consumer interest is turning towards small appliances such as air treatment, cooking appliances and vacuumMore »

Last updated: November 10, 2014

CorningWare Inventor Stanley Donald Stookey Dies

Stanley Donald Stookey

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-Stanley Donald Stookey, the inventor of CorningWare, passed away Nov. 4, according to published reports. He was 99. Stookey created a ceramic glass, that became known as CorningWare, in 1953 by accident, reports said. He overheated a piece of photosensitive glass in an oven; when he removed it from the oven with a pairMore »

Last updated: November 10, 2014

NY Now Sets Seminar Schedule

NY Now

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.-NY Now has established its schedule of seminars and events for the winter show, slated for Jan. 31-Feb. 4 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The schedule will encompass four seminar “tracks”—Handmade, Home, Lifestyle and New! Ideas—designed to complement the show’s four collections. Nearly 40 sessions will takeMore »

Last updated: November 7, 2014

Target Launches Smart-Home Initiative

Target, Facebook Align for Cartwheel App

MINNEAPOLIS-Target has introduced an offering of smart-home products that includes an in-store test and a dedicated page on its website. According to a Target spokeswoman, the in-store test involves offering smart-home products in 500 stores. The website page leads consumers to smart-home product categories such as thermostats, home security and safety, lighting and switches, well-beingMore »

Last updated: November 6, 2014

Lifetime Brands Posts Q3 Net Loss Despite Sales Gain


GARDEN CITY, N.Y.-Rising expenses and reduced margins trumped a healthy gain in sales to produce a $1.6 million net loss for Lifetime Brands (NASDAQGS: LCUT) in its fiscal third quarter. Selling, general and administrative expenses rose 13.5 percent in dollars, although they shed 10 basis points as a percentage of sales. The Lifetime numbers alsoMore »

Last updated: November 6, 2014

Casabella Partners with Cleaning Guru Blogger for Floor Cleaning Survey


CONGERS, N.Y.–Casabella, maker of cleaning and kitchen tools, teamed up with and its founder Becky Rapinchuk for a recently completed promotion that polled the cleaning blog’s readers about their floor cleaning habits. Readers also had the chance to win a $100 shopping spree on The survey addressed issues such as what is theMore »

Last updated: November 6, 2014

Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group Ranks Grow

Gourmet Catalog

DALLAS–Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group said it has welcomed 42 new store member locations this year. The new store members are located all across the country, from Alaska to North Carolina. “We are so grateful to welcome these 31 new store owners to the GC family,” said Janis Johnson, president and founder of Gourmet CatalogMore »

Last updated: November 4, 2014

Progressive Business Media Acquires HFN and Related Print and Digital Properties


NEW YORK – HFN the most prestigious and longest-running business magazine for the home furnishings and housewares industry has been purchased by Progressive Business Media. The brand joins the PBM portfolio of business media properties specializing in the home industry, including Furniture/Today, Home & Textiles Today, Casual Living, Home Accents Today, and Gifts & DecorativeMore »

Last updated: November 6, 2014