ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Coming off a killer year in housewares, vendors may view supermarkets as a more stable oasis to do business. This sentiment, however, was pure speculation on the part of Tom Conley, executive director and chief operating officer of the National Housewares Manufacturers Association here, who spoke to SN about industry issues and trends in an interview. With housewares competition fierce in the mass channel and regional mass merchants such as Caldor, Bradlees and Jamesway ...

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