On Tuesday, October 16, Walmart held its annual Investment Community Meeting, where executives emphasized Walmart’s leadership in technology innovation initiatives. The Shop the Room function that Walmart.com introduced in the online home department is one example of how the company has been evolving.
At the recent New York Tabletop Market, Robinson Home Products unveiled the addition of flatware and dinnerware segments to its CraftKitchen brand of housewares.
Qurate Retail Group has announced a series of initiatives designed to position its HSN and QVC U.S. businesses for long-term growth, increase synergies and accelerate the company’s digital transformation. The moves include the elimination of the QVC U.S. president position, with the exit of Steve Hofmann, who currently holds that position, and the combination of buying staffs.
Home and housewares are getting prime placement in a new Amazon brick and mortar location opening in New York City. Dubbed Amazon 4-star, the physical store will sell merchandise that has been rated four stars and above, is a top seller, or is new and trending on Amazon.com.
Overstock.com has launched an integrated lease-to-own purchase option through Progressive Leasing.
Crate & Barrel has partnered with Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s southern-inspired lifestyle brand, to launch a new dinnerware collection: Indigo Vine.
Amazon is connecting with nearly 20,000 U.S. small and medium-sized businesses through its new Amazon Storefronts.
Sales of smart home devices with voice control, excluding smart speakers, will leap from just 154,000 units in 2018 to 32.3 million in 2025, according to the report “2018 Smart Home Devices with Voice Control” by Strategy Analytics.
RSquared/Zrike Brands will be opening a new showroom at Forty One Madison this month. The new showroom, located on the 10th floor, will be open for the New York Tabletop Market, to be held October 9 through 12.
The Dallas Market Center has appointed Joan Ulrich to the position of evp/leasing, responsible for leasing strategy across the gift, home, lighting, holiday, floral, and design neighborhoods of the marketplace.
Neato has launched two new Botvac Connected robotic vacuum models and expanded the functionality of its Botvac D7 robotic vacuum at the recent IFA show in Berlin.