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Falling Mortgage Rates Drive Recovery of Russian Furniture Market

31 July 2019

Second consecutive year of growth sees sector re-established after the dark days of the 15% slump of 2015....Read More


Smart Home Tech and Smart Inventors Dominate US Hardware Expo

26 July 2019

With more gadgets than ever before now linkable into smart residential networks, this was a huge growth area at the National Hardware Show, although there was still space for the odd visionary to wow ...Read More


Uncertainty Breeds Prudence: The 2019 Hong Kong Gifts and Premium Fair Survey

5 July 2019

HKTDC conducted face-to-face interviews with 436 exhibitors and 492 buyers attending the Hong Kong Gifts & Premium Fair 2019. The survey results suggest that traders are playing up prudence amid globa...Read More


UK Stationery Sector Forefronts Self-Expression Rather Than Utility

4 July 2019

With digital technology encroaching on the notetaking and information-sharing territory that was once the province of paper and pens, exhibitors at the Stationery Show see the sector as likely to focu...Read More


HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair Survey 2019: Brighter Prospects for Overseas Markets

10 June 2019

The houseware sector remains optimistic on future market outlook, according to the results of a survey conducted at the recent HKTDC Hong Kong Houseware Fair. There was growing confidence in the prosp...Read More


Aesthetics and Quality Prioritised in Booming China Furniture Market

22 May 2019

With mainland furniture manufacturers struggling to compete internationally, they have refocused on the buoyant domestic market, where they are keen to woo a new generation of consumers with craftsman...Read More


Mainland Furniture Gets Smarter as Target Buyers Get Notably Younger

21 May 2019

With a new generation of consumers now furnishing their homes, the emphasis is very much on modular, intelligent units – from beds and sofas to desks and photo frames – according to exhibitors at the ...Read More


Slime, Squishy Corgis and Construction Toys Top US Impulse-Buy List

8 May 2019

Even amid the plethora of merchandise on show at this year's more extensive than ever Las Vegas-set ASD Market Week, certain items – noisy putty and pooch-motifed headrests – managed to achieve a surp...Read More


'Rich Experiences Delivered Simply' Proves Mantra for US Home Expo

29 April 2019

Bold colour combinations, AI-enabled gadgets, innovative solutions for male home aloners, digital care assistants for the elderly and a host of other sparkling innovations were all on offer at the 201...Read More


Domestic and Overseas Exhibitors Revel in Upbeat Las Vegas Market

11 April 2019

With all talk of tariffs seemingly shunted to the sidelines, the sentiment at the Winter 2019 Las Vegas Market was notably on the positive side, with the 50,000 gathered furniture, home decor and gift...Read More


Influencers, Vikings and Niffler Plushes Dominate 2019 Spring Fair

26 March 2019

Variety was once again the order of the day at the Spring Fair, the UK's largest wholesale trade event, with social-media influencers, organic beard-care kits and high-end, licensed cinematic wizardin...Read More


Domestic Furniture Market to the Fore as India's Middle Class Soars

21 March 2019

Historically focused on buyers in the US, EU and beyond, rapidly increasing prosperity on the home front has seen many of India's leading furniture manufacturers dramatically rethinking their business...Read More


Chinese Consumers Go Bespoke (2): Custom Furniture Offers Space Solutions

20 March 2019

The higher the household income, the higher the proportion of Chinese consumers have purchased bespoke products, with the portion of those having ordered custom furniture reached 52%. Sam Ke, presiden...Read More


High Demand for Branded Cannabis Items at US Promotional Gifts Expo

12 March 2019

With cannabis newly legalised in many US states, there was a rush to supply dispensaries with branded giveaways at the Promotional Products Association International Expo, while many less controversia...Read More


Entrepreneurial Start-Ups Steal Limelight at UK Home and Gift Show

19 Feb 2019

With 'Out of the Ordinary' its clear mission statement, this year's London-hosted Top Drawer event, a curated design-led symposium for the home / gifts sector, saw many of the smallest and newest exhi...Read More


China Furniture Manufacturing Sector Soars But Exports Still Priority

25 Jan 2019

Despite a multitude of conflicting industry events, the Shanghai-hosted China International Furniture Expo still sprawled across a record 300,000 sq m of premium exhibition space and attracted more th...Read More


Russian Christmas Spend Stays Steady but Practical Gifts Prioritised

21 Dec 2018

Although the overall level of Christmas 2017 and 2018 spend has stayed constant at about US$225, fearing tough times ahead, consumers are forsaking more frivolous gifts in favour of durable necessitie...Read More


Reinvention Turns the Tables at New York Contemporary Furniture Fair

21 Nov 2018

Amid the eclectic range of exhibits that constituted New York's International Contemporary Furniture Fair, recreating the familiar – whether that be in the form of tables, stepladders or showerheads –...Read More


Accessing the ASEAN Consumer Market: Houseware and Small Home Appliances (Marketing)

19 Nov 2018

For Hong Kong houseware exporters to expand into the key ASEAN markets, formulating an optimal marketing strategy is essential for a successful launch and brand building. Apart from the traditional ma...Read More


Scandi Style Holds Sway at Economically-Resurgent Tokyo Gift Show

8 Nov 2018

Traditional Japanese goods reimagined with a Nordic twist was one of the noticeable trends at this year's Tokyo International Gift Show, as was the emphasis on aesthetics and the hints of rising deman...Read More

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