Online grocer Peapod has dubbed 2017 the year of the home cook, and since home cooks need cookware to make stovetop-friendly recipes, 2017 could be the year of cookware. According to kitchen retailers, customers gravitate toward cast iron pans, Dutch ovens, top-drawer cutlery, and cookware by Mauviel, Swiss Diamond, de Buyer and Le Creuset.
Pressure cookers are great for summer cooks who don't have a lot of time to plan ahead because they can shorten cooking time for foods such as meats and beans by as much as 70%. Writer Adam Erace likes the simplicity of the Viking 8 Quart Stovetop and praises the All-Clad Electric for its safe one-touch steam-release button.
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Coffee expert Eric Grimm describes the pros and cons of making a cup of joe with a variety of coffeemakers. For example, the French press produces full-bodied coffee, stove top is great for those who want espresso-like coffee, and pour over allows users to have control over all the steps in the coffee making process.
Martha Stewart's collection of home goods for Macy's sells on Alibaba's e-commerce platform in China, and Stewart expressed her admiration for the company's latest efforts. Alibaba's rise is creating new US jobs and opportunities for US small businesses to sell in China, she said.
The frugality of Wayfair founders Niraj Shah and Steve Conine has paid off, putting the online retail entrepreneurs onto Bloomberg's list of billionaires. The duo, who met as engineering students at Cornell University, launched the online home goods retailer in 2002 and retained a combined 40% ownership after taking it public in 2014.
Large majorities of consumers are explicit about the kinds of in-store experiences they would like to see, but retailers continue to come up short, according to a report by GPShopper. Much of these shortcomings can be traced to stores' lack of tech to meet expectations as they relate to consumers' ever-present mobile devices.
Why customer service must be personalizedConsumers are increasingly expecting a customized experience from brands, particularly when it comes to customer service. Automation is a key way to personalize service at scale, providing customers with a tailored and seamless solution that addresses their queries efficiently. Read more about the role automation can play in personalizing customer service.
The Senate's health care proposal would eliminate the tax penalties for individuals without insurance and employers that don't offer workers coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to lobbyists and congressional aides. The Senate's bill would also create annual federal Medicaid funding limits for each state.
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