Kroger’s chief housewares merchant, Greg Parsons, told attendees of the IHA Chief Housewares Executive SuperSession (CHESS) that housewares plays an important role in the company’s “Restock Kroger” strategic transformation initiative.
Consumers are expected to spend more this holiday season, according to data from The NPD Group, but how shoppers allocate their dollars could present new challenges for retailers.
Annual gains in homeowner spending for improvements and repairs are set to give out by the second half of next year, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.
Lifetime Brands has entered into a licensing agreement with Meredith Corporation on a line of kitchen tools, food prep and storage containers, bakeware, and cutlery products to be made under the Allrecipes trademark. Allrecipes.com Inc., a leading digital food brand, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Meredith Corporation.
Among retailers selling food, according to data analytics and promotions firm Inmar, non-traditional operators are making steady inroads versus traditional operators, including supermarkets, boosting market share to 40% from 39% in 2012 and 34% in 2006.
Ascential expects convenience stores, food discount stores such as Aldi, discount stores, a term it uses to designate dollar and related general merchandise stores, and membership club stores, to lead retail growth among traditonal operators in the U.S. over the next five years.
Georg Jensen has added two new barware items to its assortment. The Sky corkscrew and ice cubes are available now, in time for fall and holiday entertaining.
Kohl’s is launching a significant number of new brands that will join its product portfolio during the fall and holiday seasons. Shoppers will discover new brands across product categories including new brands to Kohl’s, new collaborations and new partnerships with existing Kohl’s brands.
Betty Bossi is now shipping its Meat & Potatoes collection of kitchen gadgets. The new kitchenware collection is designed for preparing various meat and potato recipes.
Zak Designs has rolled out a licensed line of “Frozen 2” water bottles, tumblers and dinnerware for kids. The new Disney movie is scheduled to be released on November 22.