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Clean Cubes: A Tidy Trash Solution

Clean Cubes, a recent winner of the prestigious 2012 International Housewares Association Innovation Award, is a new eco-friendly solution for neatly managing trash that piles up quickly at parties, special events and just about anywhere else. Clean Cubes are comprised of a durable paper bin lined with a leak-resistant plastic trash bag. Recycling and trash disposal has never been easier — just open the Clean Cube, then fill it with recyclables or trash. When the Clean Cube is full, lift and tighten the drawstring on the plastic bag and dispose of the entire Clean Cube!

Clean Cubes was selected as the most innovative new product in the home organization and storage category by a panel of International Housewares Association expert judges that included seasoned designers, major retailers and industry experts.

Javier Colayco, president and founder of Clean Cubes LLC, invented the patent-pending product after he and his wife were continually frustrated over how to handle trash build-up when entertaining guests in their New York City apartment. The attractive, 100 percent biodegradable Clean Cubes are a perfect trash-disposal solution for parties, picnics, camping trips, trade shows and even everyday household use.

See how easy Clean Cubes are to use on this YouTube video — just open up a Clean Cube, dispose of trash, pull up and tie the plastic drawstring when full, and throw the whole thing away. Visit Clean Cubes at www.clean-cubes.com.


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Social media is latest front of cola wars
USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The cola wars are escalating on the social-media front. With its recent launch of Pepsi Pulse, a pop culture destination on Pepsi.com, the snack-food giant aims to be a major player in conversations on Facebook, Twitter and other social sites such as Pinterest. More

For brands, social media shows returns
but measurement hurdles remain

eMarketer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
C-suite executives are increasingly convinced of the benefits of engaging with their customers on social media platforms. A February 2012 survey of 329 senior executives in North America by management and digital consulting firm PulsePoint Group and the Economist Intelligence Unit found that the vast majority of companies who had invested in social media saw a positive shift in their bottom line as a result. More

Demystifying social media
McKinsey Quarterly    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the marketing power of social media grows, it no longer makes sense to treat it as an experiment. Here's how senior leaders can harness social media to shape consumer decision making in predictable ways. More

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     E-COMMERCE


Tap-to-pay smartphones: The coming near field
communications tsunami

Forbes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The path to a successful mobile payment solution in the U.S. has been long, windy and full of potholes. The carcasses of failed mobile payments companies litter the curb like roadkill. Predicting the future of mobile payments has been difficult at best, or a fool's errand at worst. More



CVS/pharmacy mobile app transforms smartphones into digital ExtraCare cards
CVS Caremark    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
CVS/pharmacy introduced an updated mobile app that allows shoppers to digitally store their ExtraCare card in their smartphone, eliminating the need to carry an ExtraCare card when shopping. The CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Rewards Program is the largest retail rewards program with more than 69 million active cardholders, and the redesigned and updated CVS mobile app now allows members to simply scan the barcode on the back of their card or type in their account number manually. More

Eliminating the speed delays with mobile Web shopping
Mobile Commerce Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is more evidence that strongly suggests that mobile customers are favoring browser-based shopping over applications. Research on this topic has been building to that conclusion for several years, although it has been widely ignored by most large Internet retailers. More

Designer wallet of future will be virtual,
but challenge is monetizing relationships

Mobile Commerce Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Here is a legitimate question: Will Generation Y ever know anything other than a mobile device as a means of purchasing? The future of mobile payment systems is promising — or threatening — to revolutionize the way we buy goods and services, with early movers such as Google, ISIS, Square and PayPal already in the game and Apple about to reveal its plans. More

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     INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS


Canada's retail market is ripe for American invasion
The Toronto Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Canadian retail market is ripe for a U.S. invasion, according to a new report from Colliers International Consulting. With U.S. consumers focused on saving money and the housing market still in recovery, U.S. retailers are looking for new markets and Canada is a sweet spot. More

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      GENERAL MERCHANDISE


'Made In America' skillets: State-shaped cookware
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Have you ever wanted sunny-side up eggs shaped like Florida? How about a California shaped cake? Combining America's enduring patriotism and endless love of food, Madison, Wisc.-based FeLion Studios has created "Made in America" cast iron skillets and frying pans, each shaped like a different state from the Lower 48 (sorry, Hawaii and Alaska). More

Onion Goggles — Don't cry for your dinner
Coolest Gadgets    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Coolest Gadgets writer, Julie, reports, "Here at Coolest Gadgets we have reported on camera goggles, night vision goggles and even beer goggles, so today I thought I would introduce you to Onion Goggles, made specifically to help keep the tears away while preparing dinner." More

Hallmark and nature artist Marjolein Bastin
celebrate 20 years of success

PR Web via ABC News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dutch artist Marjolein Bastin's remarkable interpretation of nature will continue to adorn Hallmark's greeting cards, gift wrap, stationery and partyware with the renewal of a multi-year licensing agreement. The agreement extends Hallmark's exclusive rights to showcase Marjolein's work. More

Why waste an entire plate on a single slice of pizza?
Gizmodo    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although part of the beauty of a slice of pizza is that eating it requires neither silverware, nor plates, there are still plenty of people who wouldn't think of eating a meal without the proper tableware. They should consider serving their slices on three-sided Pizza Plates that — surprise — are divided into slice-shaped wedges. More

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      HEALTH BEAUTY WELLNESS


P&G intros Pepto-Bismol To-Go for those stomach troubles
away from home

Drug Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Procter & Gamble recently launched Pepto-Bismol To-Go as a new convenience option for consumers who need stomach relief outside of the home. Pepto-Bismol To-Go has 12 cherry chewable tablets packaged in a pink plastic cylinder no larger than a lipstick tube, the company noted. More

Marsh collects record number of unwanted meds
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Marsh Supermarkets and its 40 pharmacies in Indiana collected 37,026 vials of unwanted medicines during the Marsh "Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet" event in mid-March — the largest single-event collection and a tenfold increase in the amount collected since the retailer began offering the free community service in 2008. More

Study finds direct link between obesity, heart disease
HealthDay News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A large new study is the first to show a direct link between a high body-mass index and the risk of developing heart disease, British and Danish researchers say. Body-mass index is a measurement based on height and weight. People with a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 are normal weight while those with a BMI of 30 or more are obese. Those in between are deemed overweight. More

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      BUSINESS AND CONSUMER INSIGHTS


FMI2012: Sarasin says supermarkets must adapt
to 'stunning changes'

Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Conventional supermarkets are the primary choice of only 64 percent of shoppers — the lowest showing in years, according to Food Marketing Institute research — which should serve as a warning to retailers that they must adapt to "stunning changes" in consumer attitudes and technology, the president and chief executive officer of FMI cautioned. More

Walgreens executive shares private-label tips
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Getting input from multiple business departments — from marketing to merchandising to category managers — is key to the private-label development process, said Laura Sturdevant, director of product development for private brands at Walgreens. More

Bigger crowds at the mall, and just wait until Mother's Day
CNBC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
They're back. At the end of last year, mall operators and retailers were wondering where all the people were. Despite higher retail sales, foot traffic at the stores declined in the final months of 2011, according to ShopperTrak, the world's largest provider of people-counting services for retailers and malls. More

In hopeful sign, health spending is flattening out
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The growth of health spending has slowed substantially in the last few years, surprising experts and offering some fuel for optimism about the federal government's long-term fiscal performance. More

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       RETAIL UPDATES


Weis Markets launches 4th annual 'Paws for Pets' program
Drug Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Weis Markets recently launched its fourth annual Weis Paws for Pets program, offering customers the opportunity to donate money, pet food and supplies to local animal shelters and rescue organizations in May. More

Price Chopper Limited store debuts
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Price Chopper has introduced Price Chopper Limited, a first-of-its-kind concept store in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., that provides a smaller, full-service grocery store geared to the needs of the surrounding residential community, complementing larger nearby Price Chopper stores. More

Select Merchandising Services announces investment in Karpata Instore Service, LLC
Select Merchandising Services    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Select Merchandising Services recently announced a strategic investment in Karpata Instore Service LLC, based in Grand Rapids, Mich. Mike Carter, President of SMS said, "We are continually looking for ways to improve our execution while growing our business at Select Merchandising Services. One of our 2012 objectives is to find a partnership that brings new expertise, quality systems and dedicated people to our company." More

Nutley ShopRite to expand to Belleville, N.J.
Belleville Times via NorthJersey.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The old Pathmark property will be getting a new lease on life starting next year. Belleville Interim Township Manager Kevin Esposito said ShopRite will be moving into the vacant supermarket in the first quarter of 2013. Esposito and Mayor Ray Kimble met with principals from the ShopRite in neighboring Nutley, N.J., recently in Esposito's office and worked out the details of their expansion to Belleville, N.J. More

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      FINANCIAL


Lifetime reverses 1st quarter loss, posts $1.3 million profit
Home Furnishings News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Strong sales gains helped transform Lifetime Brands' bottom line from red to black in its fiscal first quarter. The company posted net income of $1.3 million in the quarter, which ended on March 31, as compared to a net loss of $949,000 in its first quarter of last year. Net sales jumped 19 percent in the quarter, to $109 million. More

Hamilton Beach net flat in 1st quarter
Home Furnishings News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
First-quarter net income for Hamilton Beach totaled $1.7 million, exactly the same as in last year's first quarter. The housewares brand posted net sales of $104.9 million, up 4.3 percent, in the quarter which ended on March 31. A statement from NACCO Industries, Hamilton Beach's parent company, said sales rose due to an increase in sales of products at higher price points. More

Consumer spending in US increases as incomes rise
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Consumer spending in the U.S. climbed in March after the biggest gain since August 2009, and incomes picked up, indicating the biggest part of the economy will help sustain the expansion. Household purchases, which account for about 70 percent of the economy, increased 0.3 percent, after a revised 0.9 percent gain the prior month that was stronger than first reported, Commerce Department figures showed in Washington. More

US economy shows resilience as manufacturing grows at fastest pace in 10 months
The Associated Press via The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. manufacturing grew last month at the fastest pace in 10 months, suggesting that the economy is healthier than recent data had indicated. New orders, production and a measure of hiring all rose. The April survey from the Institute for Supply Management was a hopeful sign ahead of Friday's monthly jobs report and helped the Dow Jones industrial average end the day at its highest level in more than four years. More

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      EXECUTIVE UPDATES


Bon-Ton's Buccina to retire; Fernandez named
chief marketing officer

Home Furnishings News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tony Buccina, vice chairman, president — merchandising for The Bon-Tons Stores has announced plans to retire next February after a 20-year career with the department store. The company said it will begin a search for a new chief merchandising officer. More

Reichenbach elected cookware association president;
Cairo vice president

Home Furnishings News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bob Reichenbach has been elected president of the Cookware Manufacturers Association, which held its 90th annual meeting last month. In addition, Greg Cairo was named vice president. More

Lifetime Brands nominates Regan to board
Home Furnishings News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Michael J. Regan has been nominated for election to Lifetime Brands' board of directors. The election of directors will take place at Lifetime's annual meeting, scheduled for June 13, 2012. More

Senior management changes at Yankee Candle
Home Furnishings News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gregory W. Hunt is resigning as executive vice president, finance and chief financial officer for The Yankee Candle Company, effective May 15, the company said. Hunt, who joined Yankee Candle in 2010, is leaving to join a leading New York-based financial services firm. More

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