When to use a blender, food processor or grinder | Motif Mentor scale teaches users how to make perfect brew | Google Home improves recipe assistance
April 27, 2017
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When to use a blender, food processor or grinder
Standard blenders are different from -- but in some ways the same as -- food processors, coffee grinders and immersion blenders. All of the devices feature spinning blades designed to reduce foods to powder or liquid, but each is best suited for a particular task such as a food processor is designed for making ground meat.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Fla.) (4/26) 
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Motif Mentor scale teaches users how to make perfect brew
The Motif Mentor scale is designed to help home baristas make perfect pour-over coffee. The Bluetooth-enabled scale uses custom mobile software to give users step-by-step guidance on the right amount of coffee grounds and water to use, as well as the correct steeping time.
CNET (4/22) 
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Trends & Innovations
Google Home improves recipe assistance
Google Home improves recipe assistance
Google Home can now deliver recipes from Bon Appetite, Food Network, The New York Times and more via a step-by-step process that allows users to pause instructions and go back as needed. The app has been updated and now has 5 million recipes.
TechCrunch (4/26) 
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Retail News
Target to make over 28 Dallas/Fort Worth stores in 2017
Target to make over 28 Dallas/Fort Worth stores in 2017
(Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images)
Target will remodel 28 its 47 stores in the Dallas/Fort Worth market this year, investing $220 million in the projects, which will include self-checkout lanes, new fixtures and the addition of Starbucks cafes in three locations. The project is part of a plan to invest $7 billion to upgrade US stores over the next three years.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (4/25) 
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Some malls turn to call-center, delivery and fulfillment uses
Some malls are repurposing their vacant space into call centers, which in some cases are used by retailers. Other malls are being evaluated as a site for e-commerce delivery and fulfillment operations.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/25) 
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Retailers object to swipe fee reform rollback
NRF members headed to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to meet with lawmakers and raise objections to a bill that would eliminate the Durbin amendment, which sets a limit on the swipe fees banks can charge on debit-card transactions. The provision is part of a larger bill that would roll back much of the Dodd-Frank Act.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/25) 
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Reach the Consumer Media at IHA’s Press Event
IHA Members — Kick-start your Summer PR efforts at The Inspired Home Press Event, June 15 in New York. Meet consumer editors and bloggers at this 4-hour tabletop exhibition. As space is limited to 40 exhibitors, the popular event sells out quickly, so register today!
Finance & Policy
Political environment seen as economic threat
Political environment seen as economic threat
The US political environment is the biggest concern that most Americans have for the nation's economy, according to a recent Bankrate.com poll. In the poll, 38% listed the political climate as their top economic concern, while instability abroad and terrorism received 19% and 14% of all votes, respectively.
TheFiscalTimes.com (4/25) 
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IHA News
Webinar explains how to use Housewares Show buyers, media lists
One of the benefits of exhibiting in the International Home + Housewares Show is access to the lists of registered buyers and news media. The 2017 lists are now available for exhibitors. Learn how to best use these lists during a complimentary webinar Wed., May 5 at noon CDT. Jon Jesse and Nancy Michael of IHA will explain how to sort and customize the lists, target new customers even after the Show, find contact information for new buyers, get year-round media coverage and even preplan your marketing efforts for the 2018 International Home + Housewares Show. Sign up today.
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Shipping program benefits IHA members
IHA members can receive savings on small package shipping and freight through the association's shipping program benefit. Whether it is an overnight letter, palletized freight across the country or international shipping around the world, companies will begin saving with the first package they send. After that, the more you ship, the more you save. Learn more.
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