Calphalon launches small appliance collection | Sous Vide Tools unveils Toolshed in London | Disney offers spooky Snow White tumbler in time for Halloween
October 19, 2018
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Calphalon launches small appliance collection
Cookware maker Calphalon has unveiled a line of small appliances that includes a coffee maker, speed blender and saute slow cooker. The line features a mix of stainless steel and the color charcoal, which provides a sophisticated, modern look without being ostentatious.
FanSided Network (10/18) 
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Sous Vide Tools unveils Toolshed in London
Sous Vide Tools has opened a demonstration kitchen and showroom in London called Toolshed @ W2, where foodies and chefs can use equipment to better understand how it works. "Visitors are free to come in and browse the latest products from our wide range of sous vide equipment and accessories," said Alex Shannon, managing director.
The Caterer (UK) (10/18) 
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Trends & Innovations
Disney offers spooky Snow White tumbler in time for Halloween
Disney's throwback Oh My Disney line now includes the Snow White Poisoned Apple Tumbler. The scary-looking tumbler has a glow-in-the-dark feature and is BPA-free.
Delish (10/18) 
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Dissecting the complexities of the smart home
Incorporating smart home technology into your supply chain is no easy feat. In this blog post, find out what's in store for businesses looking to get into the smart-home game, and what a successful smart home supply chain strategy looks like.
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Retail News
Target takes its small-format store to Dallas
Target takes its small-format store to Dallas
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Target opened its first Dallas-area small-format store on Wednesday, with a full-size beauty department and scaled-down versions of other merchandise categories. The 55,000-square-foot store sells beer and wine, and departments are arranged for convenience and tailored to local tastes.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (10/17) 
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Startups aim to help online merchants open stores
Fourpost is one of a growing number of startups helping direct-to-consumer brands add brick-and-mortar retail components. The company is creating its first Studio Shops at the Mall of America in Minneapolis and in Canada at the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, which offer brands signage, fixtures, employees, shared event space and other physical amenities.
Glossy (10/18) 
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China leads in retail tech innovation
China's e-commerce sales surpassed $1 trillion in 2017, and Alibaba Group, Tencent Holdings and other tech leaders are innovating with the latest in retail technology to create new shopping experiences. The country is leading in development of technologies, including biometrics and facial recognition, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Vey-Sern Ling said.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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Finance & Policy
World Economic Forum: US is most competitive economy
The World Economic Forum has ranked the US as the most competitive economy, ousting Switzerland from a nine-year run atop the ranking. The ranking system was overhauled this year to focus on technology-driven growth expected in the future.
Reuters (10/16) 
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IHA News
IHSA optimizes shipping advantages for your business
The International Housewares Shippers Association is the not-for-profit association for shippers formed by IHA to lower supply chain costs for its members at the highest quality service levels. Membership is free to IHA members, and there is no need to change your customs broker or freight forwarder to utilize member benefits. Join now to improve your supply chain performance! Learn more.
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Gen Z likely to affect the future of the food, drink industry
Just when you thought you had figured out what millennials want, in comes Generation Z. The future generation of housewares shoppers, ages 12-22, is diverse and tech-savvy, and predicted to have a huge impact on the food and drink industry by increasing the reach of international cuisine, eating healthy and raising the bar for creativity in the kitchen. For more information, read the Stats and Trends Gourmet Home articles about Generation Z on the IHA blog.
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