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Year Of The Store: Brick-And-Mortar Builds A New Foundation For Digital Age

Since this still-young century commenced, the onrush of e-commerce has commanded the attention of the retail industry, and housewares and home furnishings categories, but 2019 may mark a turning point in the prospects of the physical store as new ideas applied to brick-and-mortar operations offer consumers fresh and frequently intriguing propositions.

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Back To School

It didn’t take long, traveling through a full slate of year-opening trade shows and conferences, to get schooled on the housewares business outlook for the year.

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Kroger’s McMullen Takes Stock Of Retail’s Future

Kroger’s chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen provided his outlook on the future of retail at the NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show in New York City during a keynote presentation themed, “Restocking the future: Kroger’s insatiable appetite to play and win the long game.”

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Ready. Set. Show!

The beginning of the year is an anxious time for housewares retailers and their suppliers. It’s a moment when the nervous evaluation of year-end sales tallies quickly gives way to the eager pursuit of the new year’s sales goals.

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eRetailer Summit: Strive For ‘Remarkable’ Retail Experience

With retailing’s middle ground becoming more vulnerable between price-driven and luxury sectors, the stakes are higher for retailers to become more “remarkable,” said Steven Dennis, founder and president of retail strategist SageBerry Consulting. Dennis, in his keynote to open the third annual Home Improvement eRetailer Summit in Chicago, said the urgency of a remarkable makeover is underscored by the immediate challenge faced by many middle-market retailers— physical, digital or omnichannel.

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Turn Sears Sadness Into Opportunity

Shed a tear for Sears Holdings if you must. Despite any flicker of post-Chapter 11 hope Eddie Lampert tries to peddle, all that seems left of this story— even if in some way the Sears and Kmart brands are salvaged or reincarnated— is for the plug to be pulled on what is left of the business as we know it and the remnants of its assets to be redistributed.

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Unwrapping A Promising Holiday

The annual HomeWorld Business Top 100 Housewares Retailers edition (September 10) arrives on the verge of what, by many accounts, is a promising holiday retail season.

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For Retailers Stores Remain In The Fore

Summer 2018 is now in the rearview mirror and the holiday season is on the horizon. And despite predictions to the contrary just a couple of years back, most consumers will be shopping for their holiday season needs in stores.

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What It Takes To Be A HomeWorld Player

The HomeWorld Players, our annual assembly of people to watch in housewares (August 20, 2018, issue), is always an eclectic group, highlighting the wide-ranging experience, talents and ideas that make up a business otherwise unified by common challenges and opportunities.

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The Lost Art Of Conversation

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had several discussions with my friends on the PR side of the world regarding what feels like a decrease in marketing efforts across the housewares industry.

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Study: CEOs Anticipate Massive Business Change

Chief executive officers are expecting massive business change over the next two years, including at retail, according to a global consumer executive top of mind study, “No Normal is the New Normal: Make Disruption Work for Your Business,” conducted by KPMG International and The Consumer Goods Forum.

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