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November 2018 Flipbook

November 2018 Articles

Perspective: Stealing the Work of Others

One year ago, in our November issue, we published an article (“Stealing Creativity”) by Lisa Readie Mayer on the counterfeiting of products that is rampant in the barbecue accessories business. It’s also a problem with barbecue appliances, and certainly with other products in the hearth, patio, and barbecue fields.

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Amazon: A Necessary Evil?

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Theft of intellectual property, aided and abetted by Amazon, is hurting the barbecue industry. Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO, has the power to change that.

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Professor BBQ

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Greg Blonder takes a scientific approach to outdoor cooking, and destroys some fallacies along the way.

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Unsung Heroes

By Mark Brock

Manufacturers' representatives in the patio furnishing industry, as in other industries as well, are the glue that holds everything together – if they do it right.

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The Cookbook

By Bill Sendelback

Alex Soubliere creates a best practices operations manual for hearth retailers, along with a hands-on help program that he supplies.

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Clean and Care

By Mark Brock

Outdoor Elegance creates a program that generates new revenues while building relationships.

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2018 September Business Climate

In early October, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, patio, and barbecue products, asking them to compare September 2018 sales to September 2017. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 2,003 useable returns.

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Parting Shot: Woven Cement

Berlin-based designers Studio 7.5 collaborated with Parisian 3D printing experts XtreeE to create a series of continuously printed concrete benches with a woven pattern.

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