Letter From the Editor of Housewares Retailing
Welcome to the first edition of Housewares Retailing (HR)—a new resource for dealers and distributors carrying kitchen and small home electrics, or those evaluating the new profit opportunities.
The genesis for Housewares Retailing arose because it's finally happening: the kitchen is regaining its footing as the center of the home. The kitchen has so often been referred to as the soul of a home—the place where memories are made. Who can forget the smell of those homemade apple pies or the delicious scent of a roast? Along the way we all got rushed, and the kitchen became more of a 'utility' room, an afterthought. But now the pendulum is swinging back to the kitchen.
I love looking forward for new trends, innovation and insights—and am increasingly observing that in our fast-paced digital world, the way we eat, cook and entertain is changing. We may no longer have as much time to prepare as in our parents' day, but the rising popularity of TV cooking shows has put a new spotlight on the kitchen—and so has economic uncertainty. People are eating out less, according to Accenture's annual Pricing Shopping Survey, which was released in the fall. This annual survey showed that four out of five consumers (81 percent) were concerned about food prices going up in 2011 and half (51 percent) reported they've been eating out less often over the past year. So, where's the opportunity?