Right knife sharpener gives cooks best edge | West Elm aims to grow in London | How to safely cook meals in microwave
December 11, 2017
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Right knife sharpener gives cooks best edge
Different knives require different sharpeners, Carys Lowry-Carter advises, noting the pros and cons of electric and manual sharpeners. Cooks can use Lantana's manual Smart Sharp for most Western knives, while the Salter Electronic Knife Sharpener is perfect for cooks seeking a truly easy-to-use option.
T3 (UK) (12/8) 
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West Elm aims to grow in London
West Elm aims to grow in London
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Furniture retailer West Elm opened its second UK store this month and plans to add more London area locations next year, said Ron Young of parent Williams Sonoma. The retailer's mid-century style resonates with London consumers, whose tastes are similar to those of New Yorkers, he said.
City A.M. (London) (12/11) 
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Trends & Innovations
How to safely cook meals in microwave
Microwaves are a safe, convenient appliance that can be used to cook and reheat meals, as long as cooks follow a few guidelines. For example, users should choose microwave-safe cooking dishes, and meats should be checked with a thermometer to make sure the suggested temperature has been attained.
The Grand Island Independent (Neb.) (12/9) 
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Retail News
Walmart woos procrastinators with same-day store pickup
Walmart woos procrastinators with same-day store pickup
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Walmart has expanded its selection of online goods available for same-day in-store pickup to woo last-minute holiday shoppers. The retailer expects to fulfill millions of online orders from its stores in the two weeks leading up to Christmas.
CNBC (12/8) 
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Online retailers to top traditional grocery retailers by 2022
Internet retailing will surpass traditional grocery retailing by 2022, according to Euromonitor International's growth projections. "While store-based modern and traditional grocery retailing combined will remain larger, internet retailing is changing the traditional way of shopping for many products, especially for groceries," said Michelle Grant, Euromonitor's head of retailing.
Candy & Snack Today (12/8) 
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Finance & Policy
Economist: Growth should continue for 2 years
US growth should continue for the next two years, but a recession is likely to take place at some point in the near future, according to Comerica Bank Chief Economist Robert Dye. The US is about 18 months from having its longest period of economic growth ever, Dye said.
MLive (Michigan) (12/7) 
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IHA News
Don't miss free editorial opportunities in housewares trade publications
With the 2018 International Home + Housewares Show just three months away, the US and international trade publications that cover the housewares industry want information and photos about the new products exhibitors will be displaying. This is free editorial placement and IHA provides this information as a service to exhibitors. Review this list so you don't miss any opportunities to reach US and international buyers. Review it today.
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Rep association offers "finder" service for IHA members
IHA members looking for manufacturer's representatives can take advantage of IHA's online rep finder service offered by the International Housewares Representatives Association (IHRA) or email info@ihra.org and state what line you need a rep for, the territory and products. IHRA's Instant Hot Line will send a one-time email that provides immediate information on your line only to reps covering the US and international markets. Learn more.
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