Retail competition in Canada has been heating up, most recently with the arrival of Target and the coming of Nordstrom, driving change for retailers accustomed to competing largely on price with a few rivals. “The entrance of new players to the retail market in Canada is forcing retailers to have greater focus on product and assortment differentiation," said analyst David Hartley.
Elizabeth McIlvain has been named to succeed her brother as president of The Homer Laughlin China Co. McIlvain, the first woman to head the family-owned company since its inception in 1871, will manage all of the company’s retail and commercial operations.
The $2.2 million sale of a three-thousand year old Northern Song Dynasty bowl from China has placed a spotlight on how bowls are often overlooked as compared to furniture or china pieces when homeowners decorate their homes. Before its sale through Sotheby’s, the bowl was purchased by the previous owners for a few dollars at a 2007 yard sale.
The Smart Herb Garden from Click & Grow can grow three kinds of herbs simultaneously with the help of a built-in LED light and a growing medium, according to this article. The device is an offshoot from the company's first product and will now be powered through electricity instead of four AA batteries. The company entered into crowdfunding to be able to launch its product off the ground.
The Kalita Wave is gaining popularity among coffee aficionados because the pour-over brewer uses flat-bottom filters to more evenly extract flavor. Users slowly pour water over coffee grounds to send brewed liquid through the filter into the stainless steel Wave.