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United By Transformative Vision And Charity

The Housewares Charity Foundation celebrates its 22 years of philanthropy this evening at the Navy Pier when it honors Wayfair co-founders Niraj Shah and Steve Conine; Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon; and Libbey Chairman and CEO William Foley.

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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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Look Beyond The Shiny New Objects

This time of year, as the housewares industry turns from Frankfurt’s Ambiente toward the International Home + Housewares Show, the race to discover the latest, greatest new products shifts into higher gear.

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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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Celebrate Traditional Housewares Ingenuity

The U.S. housewares business enters this week expecting reports of a robust Thanksgiving weekend, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season… even though the season now shifts into full gear the day after Halloween.

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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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Celebrate Housewares Design Excellence

The housewares industry has reached that all-important time of year where it soon will learn which of the latest innovations will be rewarded with sales success that can last well beyond the holiday season.

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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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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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