April 21, 2021
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Real Simple identifies clever kitchenware
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Real Simple's recent list of clever items satisfies the foodie by including the ultimate baking tool set from Food52 Five Two; a cheeseboard with knives in a hidden compartment; and a purpose-built car charger for the temperature-controlled Ember travel mug.
Full Story: Real Simple online (4/20) 
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Pictures: Disney kitchenware hints at repeat usage
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A clever use of curving arrows that make up the Mickey Mouse logo is featured on new kitchenware and travel containers from Walt Disney World, urging customers to "repeat" -- or reuse -- the items. The collection includes a water bottle with handle; dishcloths; and a small, insulated lunch-box.
Full Story: WDW News Today (4/18) 
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A wine chiller, marble coasters and dishware are among the Loom + Forge tableware collection by JCPenney. The company hopes to rebuild its housewares reputation as it entices consumers to the store.
Full Story: Kitchenware Today (4/15) 
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Taking care of your home without harming nature
Mr.Eco is the new MartiniSPA collection made with 100% biodegradable, recyclable and plastic-free materials that reduce the impact on the planet. Natural ingredients are a resource to be rediscovered: that's why Mr.Eco uses for its products plant-based cellulose, loofah, sisal, cotton and bamboo. Learn more
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Trends & Innovations
Survey: Home cooks still want meal-planning help
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With 65% of Americans saying they spend more time in the kitchen now because of the pandemic, there is an ongoing need for help to plan meals that offer variety, convenience and health, a survey from Pampered Chef shows. The study examined home cooking trends and lingering challenges that show the demand for "tailored tools and tricks that help people feel more confident in the kitchen," says Terry Haley of Pampered Chef.
Full Story: Progressive Grocer (4/16) 
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Wooden spoons crafted of olive, maple or bamboo can be a beautiful addition to a kitchen, and Ximena Araya-Fischel explains their many benefits, especially when it comes to Latin cuisine. She also cautions never to put wooden utensils in a dishwasher or allow them to soak in water.
Full Story: MindBodyGreen (4/17) 
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Retail News
Amazon will test a service in which workers will deliver, unpack, assemble and install furniture, appliances and other household items for customers in Virginia and two unnamed locations, which could help it gain market share from rivals such as Wayfair, according to Bloomberg sources and a staff training video. In select markets, Amazon already offers Amazon Home Services, which allows customers to use the company's website to hire contractors.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (4/16) 
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CVS to sell 3 over-the-counter at-home COVID-19 tests
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CVS Health will start selling three over-the-counter COVID-19 tests in stores and online that consumers will be able to use at home, the company said Monday. Shoppers will be able to purchase 15-minute tests from Ellume and Abbott Laboratories and a home collection kit from LabCorp that will provide results in one or two days.
Full Story: Yahoo/Reuters (4/19) 
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BJ's names Bob Eddy permanent CEO
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BJ's Wholesale Club has elevated longtime executive Bob Eddy from interim to permanent CEO after the sudden death of CEO Lee Delaney. Eddy will now join the company's board and oversee day-to-day operations, with controller Laura Felice being promoted to chief financial officer, Paul Cichocki named chief commercial officer and Bill Werner selected to lead BJ's market expansion and strategic planning efforts.
Full Story: Winsight Grocery Business (4/19) 
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Whole Foods retrofitting stores to reduce emissions
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Whole Foods Market has begun to retrofit 100 of its 500 US stores to begin using a more efficient and environmentally friendly refrigerant called Solstice N40, developed by Honeywell. Mike Ellinger of Whole Foods said the grocer studied several solutions to cut CO2 emissions from refrigerants, and that Solstice was "the clear winner, based on its performance, energy efficiency, reduced GWP [global warming potential] and ease of conversion."
Full Story: Progressive Grocer (4/19) 
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Finance & Policy
Paycheck Fairness Act passes the House
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The House of Representatives passed The Paycheck Fairness Act -- a bill aiming to increase workplace protections for female workers and close the gender pay gap. The bill makes it illegal for employers to seek salary history information when recruiting and protects workers who discuss their salaries, and President Joe Biden stated, "Closing the gender pay gap is more than just an economic imperative -- it's a moral imperative as well."
Full Story: CNBC (4/16) 
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IHA News
IHA is partnering with Brandwise to offer a robust, year-round e-commerce opportunity for its members and buyers. The platform, Connect COMMERCE, will help meet the desire of retailers to both discover new products and purchase them directly online. Join the Brandwise team tomorrow, April 22, for a look behind the scenes of Connect COMMERCE. Learn about how to set up, populate and perfect your online store. Register now!
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Peter Giannetti attended the spring New York Tabletop Show last week, his first in-person trade show since Germany's Ambiente in February 2020. And though he returned to the industry show as a representative of IHA after 31 years at HomeWorld Business, there was some truth to the notion that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Read his thoughts about the experience on the IHA blog.
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