Drug Store News has assembled a list of top trends positioned to impact retail in 2018 that general merchandise companies can get in on.
• Home decor: Trends to look for include geometric patterns; typography messaging on home goods; such natural elements as hard-carved wood being featured in lamps, bowls and pots; fringe on pillows and blankets; hand-painted metallic elements; and iridescent accents and accessories.
More than 90 years of “doing things right the first time” tends to pay off.
Just ask officials at the Chase Products Co., the Broadview, Ill.-based manufacturer of private label aerosol items that continues to produce robust sales and profit growth for themselves and their retailer partners as it closes in on the century mark in business.
The International Home + Housewares Show may just be a couple of months away, but Phil Brandl, president and CEO of the Rosemont, Ill.-based International Housewares Association said some interesting trends — propelled by innovative, design-driven products — are taking shape to impact several general merchandise categories in the following months.
Standing out in a crowd.
That is pretty difficult when it comes to the natural products segment among HBC brands. With the category growing at steady double-digit rates for at least the last five years, a large number of suppliers have entered the market, all hoping to grab their fair share of this burgeoning segment.
The Tobacco Plus Expo 2018 may still be weeks away, but it is already shaping up to be one of the premier events in the quickly evolving tobacco industry, a category that is in the midst of change as new products become available. TPE is the largest business-to-business tobacco trade show highlighting tobacco, vapor, alternatives and general merchandise products available in the ever-evolving market.
Seeking to expand its capabilities to European retailers and distributors in discovering new and emerging global brands in food, HBC and general merchandise, ECRM has launched a business unit that consists of a team of multilingual sales and account management staff.