In our Exclusively Shows review, we shine the spotlight on some of the products on parade at the co-located London trade exhibitions Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical. We also share trend forecasting agency Scarlet Opus’ style predictions for 2020, which were presented at the event – and look at their selection of the Shows’ standout products.
In our Comment section, we catch up with Maurizo Rispoli, the newly-appointed head of international sales at Horwood; Rhian Griffiths, the recently-promoted e-commerce and digital marketing manager of Leekes department store group; Brandon Furey, who recently joined BergHOFF UK as national account manager; and David Sugg, the product, sales and training co-ordinator of Divertimenti cookshop in London. We also hear from two very recent retirees: Michael Griffiths, the former owner of Salamander cookshop in Dorset; and Joan Muter, the former owner of R&L Keenleysides in Northumberland.
PLUS: the directors of two new housewares businesses reveal details of their new ventures: Christian Dalton of Inspired Lifestyle Brands and Dominic Speelman of www.buyfair.global.
Our Hot Products section takes a look at cookware, with views from Meyer Group marketing director Carl Wright; and kitchen knives, with news from Amefa commercial director Steven Law. We also check out what’s new in housewares as gifts, tabletop, celebrity-endorsed products, storageware and preserving.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: partners Jo and Tim Asquith update us on Frankie & Johnny’s Cookshop in York, which they took over nine months ago; industry commentator Michael Weedon of exp2 drills into the latest reported retail sales figures; and Will Jones, chief operating officer of trade association BHETA, discusses manufacturing issues.
FINALLY: our ever-popular Best Sellers section lists the current top 12 performing products at four housewares retailers: Philip Morris & Son in Hereford, Borders Cookware in Kelso, Barkers Department Store in Northallerton and Richard’s Cookshop in Hunstanton.
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