Homewares chain Bed Bath & Beyond has 57 physical stores around New Zealand, but after seeing online sales grow by 40 percent in 2016, is capitalising on this by investing in a new ecommerce website.
The Jones Family Business, which owns distribution network Applico and retail brand Kitchen Things, recently celebrated 30 years in the kitchen appliance business.
In February, more than 136,000 visitors from 143 countries will converge on Frankfurt, Germany, to immerse themselves in the biggest homewares trade fair in the world. The annual Ambiente fair spans dining, giftware and living goods categories, and fills hundreds of thousands of square metres worth of hall space. It’s a huge experience.
Fast fashion retailer Cotton On has sashayed into the popular homewares market with the launch of its new range, CO:Home. It has also priced the range as competitively as its clothing, with over 70 percent of the items available for under NZ$30.
As the popularity of craft markets began to wane, Hawke’s Bay artist Andy Heyward and others began to look at other ways of getting their products in front of customers. The answer was to enter the traditional bricks and mortar realm, and set up a Napier shop. The Department of Curiosities and Fine Things is a curated collection of makers in the craft and design fields.