Value, convenience and product uniqueness are familiar criteria for supermarket buyers scanning the exhibit floor for new products during the final days this week of the 2010 International Housewares Show in Chicago. This year, however, such buying criteria for housewares takes on added meaning given expectations that consumers' shopping habits may have permanently changed due to the severity of the recession that began in 2007 and its lingering effects. “While the long-term outlook is ...

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