VIEWPOINT: PETER GIANNETTI, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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Pivoting To A More Responsive Retailer Ranking

First-half retail financials confirm sudden shifts in retailer market share during the pandemic. The results also confirm an unprecedented, yet necessary, pivot by the HomeWorld Business team in the development of its annual ranking of top housewares retailers.

Nothing Cliché About Pursuing New Normal

Journalists learn early in their schooling and careers to avoid clichés. A cliché is a linguistic shortcut, an overused phrase devoid of original thought.

The Toughest Test For 2020 Impact Merchants

As it became clearer in March that retailing, an already fickle business in the e-commerce age, was in for a new disruption of immeasurable enormity and consequence, it also became clearer vendor-buyer relations, already confrontational at times, were about to be tested like never before.

A Work In Progress

After nearly three months of working from home, it is a welcome relief to begin the first phase of a return to offices for the HomeWorld Business team.

Take Control To Bring The Show To Retailers

The International Housewares Association, faced with a ticking clock and mounting concerns less than two weeks before The Inspired Home Show, was left with no choice but to cancel the show in the face of the fast-escalating coronavirus outbreak.

When Crisis And Opportunity Collide

A U.S. housewares supplier asked during the recent Ambiente show, as coronavirus worries were escalating, if was too early, and as such, too insensitive, to let a big U.S. retailer know he offered an alternative source for goods now sourced by the retailer from China.

The Greater Responsibility Of Retailing

The past few years have seen increasing emphasis by marketers to pinpoint and serve the differences— some striking, some nuanced— that define generations, their consumption habits and their shopping preferences.

The Future Won’t Wait

The future is now for Matt Woods.?The CEO of Woods Hardware, with five full-line hardware stores in the Cincinnati area, took home the 2018 Reimagine Retail award at the National Hardware Show for reinventive vision and execution by independent home improvement retailers.

BB&B Gives Tritton A Big-League Opportunity

I’ve been known to drop a sports metaphor in this space from time to time (the former sportswriter in me breaking loose). So, please indulge me if the hiring of Mark Tritton as Bed Bath & Beyond’s president and CEO had me thinking of all the Major League Baseball teams currently interviewing for a new manager.

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