Lodge's new collection features lighter, more ergonomic skillets | Entrepreneurs' act two features home goods store | CDN TM8 Timer is used everywhere because it's a standout
March 15, 2019
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Lodge's new collection features lighter, more ergonomic skillets
Lodge's new Chef Collection skillets are 15% lighter than comparable skillets in its signature line and feature elongated handles for easier handling. The collection includes 10- and 12-inch skillets, as well as a stir-fry skillet, grill pan and griddle.
Gear Patrol (3/14) 
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Entrepreneurs' act two features home goods store
Looking for a change in their lives, Floyd and Julia Albee relocated to Mill Valley, Calif., to open the home goods store Prevalent Projects. Floyd, who runs his interior design business out of the store, is planning an e-commerce site with his wife and a furniture collection.
San Francisco Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (3/12) 
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Trends & Innovations
CDN TM8 Timer is used everywhere because it's a standout
The CDN TM8 Timer is found in the Bon Appetit test kitchen, coffee shops and home kitchens because it works great and has useful features, such as a foldaway stand and memory function, Zoe Sessums writes.
Bon Appetit online (3/14) 
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Retail News
Walmart, others face hurdles in delivery expansion
Walmart, others face hurdles in delivery expansion
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Walmart sees good grocery delivery as a key component to fending off rival Amazon for market share, leaders say. The retailer, and many others, are relying largely on smaller outside firms to go the last mile as they build their delivery networks, which has caused hiccups along the way.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/14) 
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IKEA's rental plan demonstrates a circular philosophy
IKEA's plan to start leasing furniture is a sign of a changing mindset in retail and business overall, ING's Anne van Riel writes. Adopting a circular philosophy is a move toward sustainability that can also boost revenue, she writes.
Business Insider (3/11) 
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Study reveals value of omnichannel shopping carts
A majority of consumers want omnichannel shopping carts, but only 7% of online retailers currently offer them, reports BRP. A partial fix may be available through follow-up emails that take into account where digital shopping carts are abandoned.
MediaPost Communications (3/13) 
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Finance & Policy
Using reverse mortgages to help with retirement
More people are warming to the idea of using reverse mortgages as a retirement-planning tool, as they can help improve cash flow and offer an alternative to withdrawing from investment accounts in a down market. Sarah Max reviews these and other benefits of reverse mortgages, as well as some of the drawbacks.
Barron's (free access for SmartBrief readers) (3/10) 
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IHA News
Who won an IHA Global Innovation Award?
The IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) for product design honor exhibitors' latest creations and cutting-edge innovations. During the 2019 International Home + Housewares Show, 13 Global Honorees were selected from 65 product finalists! If you missed seeing the winners in the display in the Hall of Global Innovation, see the honored products and finalists now. See the Global Honorees.
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Grocery stores can increase their share of the spend with housewares
It's no secret that online sales have disrupted traditional retail models. But bricks and mortar grocery stores can increase their share of the spend with housewares and by adjusting store experiences to meet changing consumer needs, according to a new report from the retail industry trade association Global Market Development Center (GMDC) that was previewed at the 2019 International Home + Housewares Show. Read more.
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