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This issue is a convergence of
two independent topics that,
in some cases, may belong
together. When we mention
back-to-school, many of us
turn our thoughts to children
returning to school and/or
their parents heading out on
special buying trips to find
specific items that are needed
for a new school year. Books,
computers, cell phones,
clothing and, of course,
select housewares products … all see a spike in demand in
August. It’s like a feeding frenzy, and every retailer should
have their long line of fresh back-to-school bait trolling for
potential sales opportunities. Any parent who has endured
the extra-long lines at Staples this time of year can attest to
For me, back-to-school is about to take on a whole new
meaning, as my oldest daughter will be a senior in high
school next year and will soon be off to college. As part of
this process, I have had the benefit recently of visiting many
college campuses and, of course, getting a glimpse at the
living accommodations. The word compact certainly comes
to mind. My mind is already racing, and I have even carved
out a special area in the basement to set aside some choice
housewares products that will be a necessity for my college
girl. Let’s see … the Nespresso Pixie can fit over there, and
the water boiler for those late-night ready-to-eat meals can
plug in over there ... the list can be quite extensive.
So, let’s not forget that back-to-school
also means that college students are
returning to their dorms or, more importantly, moving into new apartments!
This also presents an opportunity for
retailers engaged in the housewares
and home décor business, as my friend
Simon Shapiro at Tags Hardware in
Cambridge, Mass., can attest. Simon
welcomes droves of college students
back to Boston as the city swells with
new urban dwellers, and his store
stands at the ready to outfit them for
their every need. I am sure he will tell
you it competes with the holidays as
the busiest time of year.
I hope this issue inspires you to take
full advantage of this seasonal event.
As you’re reading our feature on
space-saving products, remember that
these products are also relevant to the
back-to-school college crowd, who will
also be demanding these products in
the coming weeks.
Have a great summer!
Publisher, Gourmet Business
President, HousewaresDirect, Inc.