Japanese company Takeya Chemical Industry Co. is betting big on tea for future growth. The company launched its Flash Chill Tea Maker iced tea collection at the recent International Home + Housewares Show.
As more states look to pass legislation for online collection of sales tax, advocacy groups representing online retailers are pushing hard for Congress to approve a federal bill. "There is more energy behind doing something now more than ever," said Brian Bieron, eBay's senior director of federal government relations.
Americans bumped up spending by the largest margin in seven months in February, posting an 0.8% increase, according to the Commerce Department. Increased spending combined with improving consumer confidence indexes add to a growing body of data that points to a trajectory of growth for the U.S. economy.
British retailer John Lewis saw a drop in sales last week that the company attributes to unusually warm weather. The department store chain saw 6.5% rise in store sales for the week of March 24, down from a 20.9% increase a week earlier.
Fish spatulas are designed to lift delicate filets and steaks during cooking without leaving chunks behind. The utensil usually features beveled edges and angled handles and is thinner than a standard kitchen spatula.
Japan-based housewares maker Takeya Chemical Industry introduced its entry to the North American market during last week's International Home + Housewares show. The company will import bisphenol A free plastic pitchers, glasses and bottles from Japan and will market the products in North America under the brand name AcraGlass.