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John Lewis to enter Middle East with Dubai tie-up

Reuters recently reported that John Lewis Partnership, Britain’s largest department store group, is to enter the Middle East market, opening an outlet in Dubai next year as it steps up the pace of global expansion.

Reuters said that “the employee-owned firm said on Monday the 15,000 square feet space, its largest such overseas concession, will open within the new flagship Robinsons department store in Dubai Festival City Mall, both of which are part of the Al-Futtaim group.

“John Lewis is further extending its partnership with Robinsons in Malaysia by opening a 630 square feet “shop-in-shop” at its Kuala Lumpur store in March.”

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Discovering Design:  Eva Solo

For more than 100 years, the Danish company Eva Solo, founded in 1913, has believed that Good Design is Everything.  Known for its distinctive functional and stylish products for kitchen, bath, home and garden, each Eva Solo product begins with an idea for an item that enhances life at home. Such good design results in beautiful products that are a joy to use and to own.  Now under the leadership of the founding family’s fourth generation, Eva Solo builds on its heritage while exploring new possibilities for a continuing design evolution.

We spoke with Yossie Bitton, managing director, Eva Solo North America, based in Rochester, Minnesota, to learn more about the company’s approach to design.

Yossie, tell us about how Eva Solo creates such unique products.

Design is not just about outward appearance. Good design is simply at the heart of everything we do.  By pushing the boundaries of materials, production methods, functionality and aesthetics, we arrive at new solutions for everyday needs.

Eva Solo products often fulfill more than one function. Beginning in 1949, with the introduction of a flour shaker whose lid was also a citrus squeezer, we started the concept of “Yes, it is a …but it is also a….” This simple “Yes… but” formula brings something new to the user and has delivered many classic multi-functional products.

Eva Solo works with designers who excel within their respective fields. Over the years our products have won more than 150 Danish and international design awards, including a 2015 Discover Design gia award last year for our new electronic scale.

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Currently Eva Solo works very closely with Tools Design team. Tools was founded in 1989 by designers Claus Jensen and Henrik Holbæk. A few decades later, with more than 200 international design awards to their name, Tools Design is one of Denmark’s leading design firms. Their designs are characterized by a simple and innovative approach to the product and its function. And in the hands of these skilled designers, the result is stunning products which are truly functional. The Tools team has been collaborating with Eva Solo since 1997. Eva Solo also collaborates with other notable designers such Ole Palsby, 3PART design team, and DESIGNWRIGHT. 

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567595, 567591 Cafe Solo Black 2In 1997, the Evo Solo line introduced items that became the company’s signature. The collection consisted of individual products—or “solo” items, which met the growing needs of 1990s consumers who wanted to create their own unique mix of home products. The line premiered the Café Solo coffee maker, an elegant glass carafe for pour-through coffee brewing. Its snug, zippered, neoprene jacket kept the carafe warm. Café Solo was joined by the sensuous form of the companion Tea Maker. The cold beverage server line followed—the Fridge Carafe, an easy-grip form also in a zippered cover to keep contents cold. The line now includes a Picnic Flask and Drinking Bottles, with patented drip-free pouring lip. The company known as “Eva” at the time was renamed Eva Solo in 2010 because of the success of this new brand.

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Eva Solo expanded beyond the kitchen and table with bath accessories; home décor items including hurricane lamps, flower vases and self-watering plant pots; and garden items like torches and bird feeders, along with outdoor grills and barbeque equipment.

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Can you give us a preview of what you will be showing in your booth in Discover Design?
Eva Solo debuts new product collections twice each year – spring and fall and this year is no exception.  We will introduce new, exciting and innovative products, as well as new vivid spring and summer colors added to our popular collections. 

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Tell us about your previous experience with Discover Design. Did our Show help build your relationships with buyers and media?
530719_Smart_mat_moonlight_blue_tablet_vinkel_2_Front_HIGH[1]Eva Solo participated in several Discover Design presentations and we have always had a positive experience and great customer response.  We watched Discover Design grow over the years and we appreciate and admire the professional and dedicated management and staff. They work very, very hard to make each Show a success every time!

We are very excited to see Discover Design get the trade recognition and with that the dedicated and upgraded space to take the expo to new highs. We really like the new location and the composition of many great design brands—new as well as returning—and are looking forward to a whole new experience. 

Thank you, Yossie, for tempting us with this peek at your new introductions. We look forward to seeing your presentation at your booth N8324.

To learn more about Eva Solo products, visit www.evasolo.com.

Discover Design is the premier destination at the International Home + Housewares Show for trend spotters who make design their priority. The Discover Design Expo will be located at the front of the North Building, set beside well-known, design-focused exhibitors such as Umbra, Design Ideas and Casabella.

Anchored by brands such as Alessi, Nambe and JosephJoseph, Discover Design welcomes new exhibitors, including Chilewich/Sultan LLC and Cookut, and introduces 10 emerging companies in the Design Debut incubator. Additional fresh offerings from veteran design-focused exhibitors such as Dreamfarm, Koziol and Three by Three will also inspire your choices for the coming year.

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China’s Consumers Begin to Awake

Andy Kessler, former hedge fund manager, has a recent piece in the Op Ed section of the Wall Street Journal in which he says, “This trend toward consumerism is already under way—China’s big cities are plastered with ads for Porsche, Gucci and Apple products. Some 600 million Chinese have smartphones. Uber and local Didi Kuaidi are battling it out to offer rides. Airbnb is booking spare rooms.”

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Informing Innovation: An Interview with Udo Jansen, GfK Retail and Technology|GmbH

By Vicki Matranga
Design Programs Coordinator

GfK, founded in 1934 in Germany, is one of the largest global marketing research companies. With more than 13,000 employees in countries on every continent, GfK identifies and develops strategic opportunities; collects and analyzes large data sets and offers business solutions in many areas from consumer experiences to supply chain management. GfK conducts research in more than dozen industries including consumer goods, retail, fashion and lifestyle, energy, automotive and health.

Udo Jansen_28143 - 06We’re speaking today with Udo Jansen, GfK’s global director for small domestic appliances in the retail and technology sector. Mr. Jansen, based in Germany, works with colleagues in more than 70 countries to measure and track trends in the small appliance business. From emerging markets (China, Russia, India, Brazil) to more mature, but influential countries (Germany, Italy, France, Japan) Mr. Jansen enjoys a front row seat to industry trends including Smart Innovations and other technology-driven feature developments.

Mr. Jansen, in the past few years, what has changed most in your business? How has your company met these challenges?
There are a number of trends impacting our business including retailer consolidation, online sales, and emerging Smart Technologies.  In addition, new technologies and innovations are driving growth in all segments from food preparation to floor care.  Of course, at the same time, the global markets are in flux with uncertainties driven by China, Russia and Brazil, compounded by currency fluctuations.  GfK has local offices in more than 70 countries where we track and measure home appliance trends and we advise clients on market developments.

Why did you choose to speak at the International Home + Housewares Show?
This Show is a leading global event.  While GfK does not have a small appliance operation here in the United States, the International Home and Housewares Show serves as a forum to meet with other industry leaders including global clients and those interested in global expansion to regions like Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Tell us what you will be speaking about and how and this topic is important for Show audiences.
There is tremendous potential in developing regions around the globe, from Latin America to Southeast Asia, China, India and Africa.  Yet each market is entirely unique!  At the same time, innovation is driving new products and sub-classes in long-established categories. Combining these dynamics and driving informed discussions with retail partners (region by region) is an essential component of global brand building.

Small Appliances: Opportunities for Global Growth
Innovation Theater
Lakeside Center E350
March 6, Sunday, 12:30 -1:20 pm

What do you see as consumers’ biggest concerns regarding housewares products?
Our sense is less of concern and more enthusiasm for the innovations that are driving lifestyle convenience and time-saving solutions at an affordable price.

What are some of today’s trends or issues that new product development professionals and/or retailers face in the housewares market?
Understanding feature and price trends and building a retailer (Internet) strategy to fit your global brand is an enormous challenge and opportunity both!

Thank you, Mr. Jansen, for giving us a preview of your presentation.  As many of our exhibitors engage in global trade and our Show hosts retailers from around the world, your topic appeals to a broad audience. I’m sure your presentation will provide unique insights and pertinent information to help listeners grow their business.

Be sure to hear Udo Jansen’s presentation on Sunday, March 6th at 12:20 pm in the Innovation Theater, E350. Learn more about GfK’s services or contact him directly:

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Global Director Small Domestic Appliances
GfK Retail and Technology GmbH | Germany
+49 911 395 2936
udo.jansen@gfk.com
www.gfk.com

 

The four days of the 2016 International Home + Housewares Show will be packed with events and education. To help you plan your valuable time at the Show, we introduce you to the speakers and the 21 exciting presentations that will take place in the Innovation Theater in the Lakeside Center. Gain cutting edge insights that you can apply to your work.  All programs are audio-recorded and will be available at www.housewares.org after the Show.