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December 28, 2012
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  • Machine sets sights on perfect cup of French press coffee
    The Only Perfect Temperature Electric French Press is designed to brew at a temperature between 197 degrees and 204 degrees Fahrenheit to help extract the ideal coffee flavor. The machine, which comes with a stainless steel plunger and a screen, holds up to four cups of coffee at a time. Coolest Gadgets (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Innovations 
  • Comparing single-cup coffee brewing options
    Fans of single-serve coffeemakers can choose between a traditional automatic-drip brewing model or pod coffee maker. While the pod version is easier to use and provides more brewing consistency, the traditional models are cheaper and offer more taste varieties, when the two are compared side-by-side. ConsumerSearch.com (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail News 
  • Merchants move toward more same-day delivery
    Hints that Amazon aims to increase its same-day delivery options have retailers of all sizes, from Wal-Mart to Shoptiques, scrambling to compete. The services required, however, are often money-losing and may not even be perks customers want, analysts say. "There's lots going on in this space, and it's all driven by Amazon," said Tom Allason, founder and CEO of Shutl, a U.K.-based delivery service. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Savvier stocking boosts holiday profits
    Shopper traffic and sales growth may have slowed this season, but many retailers including Macy's, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ralph Lauren and Coach are on track to see higher profits as a result of better ordering and inventory systems that will allow them to avoid deep discounting, analysts say. "The retailers coming out of the holiday season on top have done an excellent job with their inventories," said strategist Megan Donadio. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model)/Bloomberg (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  IHA News 
  • Housewares Charity Foundation to honor Bufano, Jaffee
    The Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) will honor two industry veterans at its 16th annual gala dinner March 4 during the International Home + Housewares Show. Kathryn Bufano, president and chief merchandising officer of Belk, will receive the Lifetime Humanitarian Award, and Keith Jaffee of O2 Cool will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award. Proceeds from the evening, which includes auctions, entertainment and dinner prepared by James Beard Award-winning chefs, will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and Long Island Cares -- The Harry Chapin Food Bank. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shipping program offers cost savings
    IHA members can save money on international shipping and other transportation services. Companies that are dependent on commercial carriers for delivery services will save the most, and there is no minimum requirement. Members are also eligible for savings on business and document services offered through the program. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart."
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