Tag Archives: International Home + Housewares Show

Celebrating a Milestone, Wüsthof Focuses on the Long Term

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By Allison Zisko As it celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, cutlery maker Wüsthof has found itself with an almost enviable predicament: its business is getting bigger despite efforts to keep it small. “We see growth but don’t pursue growth,” said René Arnold, CEO of the company’s American division, from its headquarters in Norwalk, Conn.More »

Last updated: August 28, 2014

Sourcing in São Paulo: The Brazilian Buyer Project

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By Allison Zisko Over the course of two days in early May, 51 Brazilian housewares manufacturers descended on a hotel conference room in São Paulo, Brazil, lugging suitcases filled with plastic and glass and metal goods, armed with the optimism of traveling salesmen. They set their sights on 12 international buying companies from seven countries,More »

Last updated: July 1, 2014

Packaging That Pleases

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Housewares companies debut new packaging to reflect an updated look. By Andrea Lillo New products were not the only things unveiled at March’s International Home + Housewares Show. Vendors also showed off redesigned packaging, perhaps a sign that business is getting stronger. Manufacturers cited the need to update how their products looked at retail toMore »

Last updated: May 28, 2014

Housewares Export Group Changes Name

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ROSEMONT, Ill.-The Housewares Export Council, a special-interest group of members of the International Housewares Association which sell their products internationally, has changed its name to the International Business Council (IBC). The new name, which coincided with the start of IHA’s 2015 membership year on April 1, better reflects the global activities of the association’s internationalMore »

Last updated: May 5, 2014

Pondering Millennials

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By Duke Ratliff Call them a marketer’s dream—or nightmare—the consumer segment dubbed “millennials” (consumers aged 18-34) is starting to make its presence felt in the home furnishings industry. Attention-getting products targeting millennials have been seen at every trade show this year. These items are usually inventive, colorful or unusual in some way—perfectly reflecting the quirky,More »

Last updated: May 1, 2014

AIMsights Picks Top 10 in Housewares

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CHICAGO-The AIMsights Group, a market research company, has identified 10 housewares products shown at the recent International Home + Housewares Show that it thinks will appeal to both Millennials and Baby Boomers. The products, said AIMsights, reflect what it calls “ping pong branding,” or the sharing of brand preferences and product recommendations, back-and-forth, from oneMore »

Last updated: April 28, 2014

Housewares Charity Foundation Raises Nearly $2 Million for Cancer Research

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ROSEMONT, Ill.-At its annual gala on March 17, the Housewares Charity Foundation raised more than $1.7 million for cancer research. Proceeds from the gala, which was held at the Navy Pier in Chicago during the International Home + Housewares Show, benefited The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, HCF’s legacy charity, and The Chicago Initiative on PancreaticMore »

Last updated: April 11, 2014

No Stone Unturned

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By Duke Ratliff Returning from the recent International Home & Housewares Show, I had one word on my mind. The word? “Halloween.” As usual, the Housewares Show was a much-anticipated, well-oiled machine offering up a treasure trove of items from companies big and small. Retailers looking for anything from cookware to men’s shavers and cleaningMore »

Last updated: April 8, 2014