Upcoming "Max" Instant Pot is perfect for canning | Graters make fluffy shreds out of hard cheeses | Man creates robotic cooker to make up for poor cooking
April 24, 2018
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Upcoming "Max" Instant Pot is perfect for canning
The new "Max" Instant Pot, slated to hit stores in June, features a canning component, allowing home cooks to make jams, pickled fruits and vegetables. Max can generate up to 15 pounds of pressure per square inch, meaning the appliance cooks food quicker than previous versions.
Country Living (4/23) 
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Graters make fluffy shreds out of hard cheeses
Hard cheeses require graters to turn them into fine, salty shreds of cheese, writes Cathy Reid. Graters up for the job include products by Endurance and Chef'n, as well as a microplane.
The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia) (4/23) 
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Increase Consumer Exposure at the June Press Event
IHA Members: Our summer press event, The Inspired Home Presents: Housewares for the Holidays, is your opportunity to meet one-on-one with consumer and trade media to promote your products for the second half of 2018. Take advantage of this opportunity to drive retail sales! NYC – June 14.
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Trends & Innovations
Man creates robotic cooker to make up for poor cooking
Catering business owner He Qing invented a smart robotic chef after his wife complained about his substandard cooking skills. The machine, which is available for leasing, can cook a dish within four minutes, but it doesn't handle the prep work.
Digital Trends (4/23) 
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Retail News
How digital tech is transforming the in-store experience
How digital tech is transforming the in-store experience
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Retailers are using technology to gather more data both online and in stores, and stores are increasingly incorporating digital technology, which is changing the way people shop, Andreessen Horowitz partner Connie Chan said. Stores of the future will let customers scan products for nutrition information and other data, while providing retailers with increasingly more accurate customer profiles, she said.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/20) 
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Amazon rolls out easy way to add personalized Alexa skills
Ordinary users will be able to add skills to their Alexa voice devices using Amazon's newly introduced Alexa Skill Blueprints. The Alexa Blueprints website provides 20 skill Blueprints as starting points for creating personalized skills.
VentureBeat (4/19),  Forbes (4/20) 
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Party City stores adding Ramadan decorations this year
Party City stores adding Ramadan decorations this year
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Party City will be the first major US retailer to offer a line of decorations for the monthlong Muslim celebration of Ramadan. The 850-store chain will sell items including balloons, banners, gift bags and tableware for the Eid al-Fitr celebration that marks the end of Ramadan.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/20) 
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Finance & Policy
Existing home sales rise 1.1% in March
US existing home sales increased 1.1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.6 million units in March, according to the National Association of Realtors. Year over year, existing home sales fell 1.2% for the month.
Reuters (4/23) 
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IHA News
Webinar explains how to use 2018 Show buyer, media lists
Following up on sales leads and media contacts after the Show is just as important as pre-Show marketing. Join us for a free webinar tomorrow, "Using the International Home + Housewares Show Buyer + Media Lists," to learn how to sort and customize the lists to support your post-Show buyer followup, target new customers and use the media list for year-round coverage and pre-planning your marketing efforts for the 2019 Show. Register now.
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2018 gia Global Honoree redefines retail in South America
Five retailers were named Global Honorees during the 2018 IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) in Chicago last month. A newly published IHA blog explores one of this year's winners, Tugo, based in Colombia. The store's manifesto, "Great design is for Everyone," shines in their product offerings and has led to worldwide recognition and loyal customers. For more information, read the full retail article on IHA's blog.
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