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Walmart Lowers Expectations; to Accelerate E-Commerce Investments

Doug McMillon

BENTONVILLE, Ark.-Walmart lowered its sales forecast, along with announcing an increase in its e-commerce efforts at an investor meeting yesterday. Blaming an overall tough economy, Walmart said that it expects annual sales to increase between 2-3 percent. Previously, Walmart had forecast 3-5 percent growth. Investments in e-commerce and digital initiatives are expected to range betweenMore »

Last updated: October 16, 2014

Shopko Expands Omnichannel Efforts

Shopko

GREEN BAY, Wis.–Shopko has expanded its omnichannel business to provide customers more access to product, including the ability to buy products online and ship them to its stores for free, the retailer said. The program now includes 310 locations across the U.S. “We are excited to launch this program since customers have been asking forMore »

Last updated: October 16, 2014

IHA Consumer Website Launches

Inspired Home

ROSEMONT, Ill.–The International Housewares Association (IHA) has unveiled its new online home resource for consumers, called Inspired Home. Covering a wide range of lifestyle categories, the new site allows consumers to connect directly with the IHA’s member companies and brands. Inspired Home will include DIY tips, home ideas, seasonal recipes and product information across aMore »

Last updated: October 16, 2014

NPD Predicts Delayed Start to Holiday Shopping Season

NPD Group

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.-More consumers plan to wait until Thanksgiving weekend to start their holiday shopping, leading to a delayed start to the shopping season, according to a survey by The NPD Group. According to the 2014 Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey conducted in September, 16 percent of consumers had already started their holiday shopping, versus 15More »

Last updated: October 16, 2014

Capel Rugs to Host Williamsburg Contest, Party at High Point Market

Colonial Williamsburg

TROY, N.C.-In celebration of its Williamsburg licensed line, Capel Rugs will host a Williamsburg getaway contest and ice cream party on Monday, Oct. 20, during High Point Market. Capel shows in Market Square, space 112. One winner will receive a two-night deluxe stay for two people at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Va., daily breakfastMore »

Last updated: October 16, 2014

Gibson: Pioneer Woman Reach Impressive

Ree Drummond

COMMERCE, Calif.-Gibson said it is thrilled with the overwhelming social media reaction to plans to create a Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman, kitchen and dining collection. Drummond made the announcement about her upcoming line, which will officially launch at the International Home + Housewares Show in March, on her Facebook page earlier this month.More »

Last updated: October 16, 2014

IHA Product Showcase Highlights New Products, Lines

Scrub Daddy

NEW YORK–The International Housewares Association (IHA) held a product showcase for the media this week, allowing housewares vendors the chance to show their new products and collections. Scrub Daddy, a sponge that is soft in warm water and firm in cool water and which has been seen on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” has expanded its lineMore »

Last updated: October 16, 2014