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Trade Shows
Mirabile: Stay Focused On Consumers’ Universal Needs

The International Housewares Association has teamed up with Tom Mirabile, IHA trend forecaster and principal and founder of Springboard Futures, to share highlights from what would have been Mirabile’s keynote address at the cancelled 2020 Inspired Home Show.

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Retailers Respond To Coronavirus Outbreak

Retailers across a range of channels are addressing the coronavirus outbreak in stores and online, responding with measures to address consumer and employee safety and health concerns, ramping up the cleaning of stores and boosting cleaning tool and supply assortments to meet increased consumer needs.

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NRF: January Retail Sales Solid

The National Retail Federation, citing U.S. Census Bureau figures, reported that retail sales in January increased 0.2% seasonally adjusted over December and increased 2.7% unadjusted year-over-year.

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IBM: Consumer Shopping Priorities Changing

In conjunction with the National Retail Federation’s Big Show, IBM released a study on global consumer trends demonstrating the importance of brand purpose and suggesting that purpose surpasses cost and convenience for today’s shoppers.

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Ron Johnson Wants Consumers To ‘Enjoy’ Smart Home

Among the early highlights of the National Retail Federation Big Show in New York, former Target, Apple and J.C. Penney executive Ron Johnson discussed how his new company, Enjoy, is helping to make electronics, including smartphones and, potentially, smart home products, more user friendly by providing a helping hand in setting them up, right in consumer homes.

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Amazon Adds More Return Options For Consumers

Amazon is aiming to make buying— and returning— more convenient this holiday season by offering customers at least one free return option on millions of items sold on the website. Free returns are now available for electronics, household items, pet supplies, kitchen appliances and more, in addition to shoes and apparel, no matter the reason for the return.

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November Retail Sales Lower Than Expected

Retail sales in November increased only 0.1% seasonally adjusted over October and were up 2.1% unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation reported. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants.

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