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‘Vibrant buzz’ at sold-out Chicago housewares show

The just-concluded 2019 International Home + Housewares Show is garnering rave reviews from the industry, according to its owner and operator International Housewares Association (IHA), with ‘an overall sentiment that the quality of buyer attendees was the strongest in years’. The Show was sold-out with 2,205 exhibitors from 43 countries …

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Wayfair.co.uk launches new ad campaign with Lorraine Kelly

Homeware retailer Wayfair launched a new advertising campaign with ITV host and brand ambassador Lorraine Kelly across the UK this week. The push, which broke on Monday (March 11), marks Wayfair’s third consecutive year of partnership with Lorraine. She stars in two TV adverts for the online brand where – …

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IKEA to open Planning Studio in Bromley

IKEA UK is set to open a new Planning Studio at Bromley in south-east London this Spring. The announcement follows the launch of IKEA’s first Planning Studio on Tottenham Court Road in London on October 12. The new Studio, which will be located on the former Mothercare and Early Learning …

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Mintel charts the Amazon effect

A new study from market research company Mintel claims that almost nine out of ten (86%) Brits were Amazon users/shoppers in the year to October 2018. According to Mintel, more Amazon shoppers increased their shopping (21%) with the internet giant than decreased it (13%) over the period. Overall, 70% shopped …

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Klean Kanteen flask wins ISPO award

Klean Kanteen’s line of reusable and plastic-free TKPro flasks has won a prestigious ISPO award. Billed as the world’s largest international trade fair for sports business, ISPO Munich was held from February 3 to February 6 at the Munich Trade Fair Center. Around 80,000 visitors attended the event, which set …

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Tesco launches gin made from surplus table grapes

A British fruit supplier and craft spirits producer have come up with a way to recycle an estimated 166 million surplus table grapes – by turning them into premium gin. Called HYKE, the gin goes on sale exclusively at 300 Tesco stores on Monday (March 18) and supports the supermarket …

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The ultimate fry up revealed

A new survey of 1,015 UK residents has revealed the nation’s favourite fry up. The research by luxury London hotelier Guoman Hotels asked respondents to pick from 17 different components to discover the most popular seven-item breakfast. The top picks were: bacon (74%), sausages (73%), beans (70%), fried egg (65%), …

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Argos launches new visual search for app users

Argos has introduced a new visual search service in the Argos IoS app which enables customers to shop for homeware and furniture using images on their smartphone. Users take a photograph or upload a saved image of their desired item to the app, which instantly searches the entire Argos online …

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