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Look To Consumers For The Answers

The September 25, 2017, issue of HomeWorld Business is paired with the 19th annual HomeWorld Forecast, our exclusive consumer survey of housewares shopping preferences and expectations.

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What Housewares Does Best Deserves An Award

The turbulence of a mainstream retailing shakeup that intensified during the first half of 2017 hasn’t stopped the housewares industry from doing what it does best… introducing products designed to improve daily living.

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Depending On Housewares Again

Housewares veterans like to remind everyone how the category historically has been a dependable business, prone to neither steep gains during economic booms nor steep declines during downturns.

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Walmart’s Best Defense Is A Stronger Offense

In nominating HomeWorld’s 2017 Retailer of the Year (see the May 22 issue) after a shaky end to 2016 and beginning to this year for many operators, one particularly intriguing example of resilience was hard to ignore: Walmart U.S.

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Rooting For Ron Johnson Again

They might not admit it now, but there were plenty of people in retailing rooting for Ron Johnson after he announced JC Penney’s plan to attract new customers with exclusive brands and experiences that wouldn’t need coupons and one-day sales as the primary bait.

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