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Housewares Vendors Weigh Business Investments Moving Forward Into 2020

A strong economy has helped the housewares industry make new investments, despite continued uncertainty surrounding tariffs and cost pressures from the top and bottom. Many housewares suppliers in 2020 will be introducing new products that differentiate themselves from the competition, developing more ways to connect directly with consumers and continuing to fine-tune business operations.

Retail
Kroger Promotes Executives To Central, Dillons Divisions

Kroger’s Pam Matthews, president of the central division, has retired and the company has promoted Colleen Juergensen— currently president of the Dillons division— to president of the central division and Steve Dreher— currently vp/Dillons— to president of the Dillons division.

Appliances
Appliances Strengthen Smart Home Connections At CES

Amidst all of the robot kittens, video gaming accessories, home surveillance systems and flying taxis debuting at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES), manufacturers featured a range of products specifically designed to strengthen the connection between smart home appliances and consumer lifestyle needs, including developments in the kitchen, personal care, wellness and cleaning categories.

Retail
Kohl’s, WW Roll Out Wellness Pop-Up Shops

As part of Kohl’s commitment to health and wellness this year, the department store is continuing to collaborate with wellness company WW (formally Weight Watchers International). Kohl’s and WW are launching WW pop-ups in select stores this January to support customers on their wellness journeys.

Retail
Macy’s And Zola Launch Wedding Registry Partnership

Macy’s and Zola, a registry and wedding planning platform, have launched a wedding registry partnership. Engaged couples can now register for over 2,000 of Macy’s private brand and exclusive gifts across bedding, bath, tabletop, and home, directly on Zola.

Tabletop
Bomshbee Teams With Food52

Bomshbee, a Hong Kong-based tableware manufacturer, has teamed up with Food52. The company said its Tinge porcelain dinnerware and Angled Taper glasses will be included in Food52’s curated online shop.

Retail
Ulta Beauty’s Dillon To Serve As RILA Chairperson

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) said that Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon will serve as the new chairperson of the association’s board of directors, following an election that took place at RILA’s semi-annual board of directors meeting in Palm Beach, Florida.

Retail
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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