U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the U.S. is preparing to announce a trade enforcement action against India. The U.S. International Trade Commission has scheduled two days of hearings this week looking into India's investment and trade policies. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday called on the U.S. to pressure India to provide better protection for intellectual property rights.
Williams-Sonoma is taking advantage of San Francisco startup The Orange Chef's knack for creating innovative new products that will now stock the company's shelves. Orange Chef's Prep Pad, Chef Sleeve and iPad stand are among the products that will be featured as part of the distribution agreement, and online pre-sale begins this week. Michelle Foss, Williams-Sonoma's vice president of merchandising, said she found out about The Orange Chef through its Kickstarter campaign, and sees their products as a good match for her health-conscious customers.
Product developers are using technology to provide new products for the kitchen that will help home chefs save time and stay on top of nutritional needs. Orange Chef Company's Prep Pad food scale, the Boskke ceramic herb planter and Ninja Ultima are among the new kitchen tools being offered for consumers.
Older colorful advertising signs for gas, farm equipment, food and other products are gaining popularity among U.S. consumers as home décor pieces. Wood crates, calendars, thermometers, tins and other marketing tools with advertising on them are also seeing increased sales.