BLOG: GREG SLETER, EXECUTIVE EDITOR
The long history of the housewares business has revolved largely around a simple thought process. Retailers want new and product suppliers are happy to show retailers what is new.
Bed Bath & Beyond’s efforts to test new store layouts and merchandising techniques is the latest move by a major retailer to update its stores.
In recent years, we have discussed the need for retailers to rethink how each uses their physical space to keep their brick-and-mortar stores relevant as digital commerce continues to grow.
The Housewares Show. Utter that phrase to anyone who worked the annual event held recently in Chicago and it will conjure up a multitude of feelings that range from excitement in seeing new products to exhaustion after a long week at McCormick Place.
Throughout 2017 there has been much discussion about the future of retailing, with the crystal balls of some showing a future without stores and a consumer base using their digital devices to buy what they need from the comfort of their living rooms.