When is an Instant Pot not an Instant Pot? When it's R2D2 | Which is the sharpest knife on the counter? | How does the mini mandoline attachment fair?
September 13, 2019
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When is an Instant Pot not an Instant Pot? When it's R2D2
In case "kitchen" isn't enough of a theme for small kitchen electrics, a clever person on Etsy has come up with wraps for Instant Pots that give them a whole new personality -- such as one that transforms the pressure cooker into R2D2 from "Star Wars." "I would use my Instant Pot more if it looked like this," one person joked on Reddit.
The Kitchn (9/10) 
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Which is the sharpest knife on the counter?
According to Food&Wine's research of customer reviews, the Cuisinart 15-piece stainless steel hollow handle block set is the best inexpensive knife set, while the Victorinox Fibrox Pro 4-piece knife is the best set for novice cooks.
Food & Wine online (9/11) 
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Trends & Innovations
How does the mini mandoline attachment fair?
Reviewer Joe Sevier tested the new Click 'N Slice mini mandoline attachment for the Kuhn Rikon Y-peeler and found that if home cooks hold the attachment a certain way, it will do the job. It's a good, budget-friendly tool to use occasionally on small produce.
epicurious (9/10) 
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Retail News
Walmart grows grocery delivery membership program
Walmart grows grocery delivery membership program
(Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
Walmart is rolling out a grocery delivery program to 1,400 US stores by the end of the year. The program, which lets customers pay $98 a year or $12.95 a month for unlimited deliveries, will compete with Amazon's Prime Now two-hour delivery subscription service from Whole Foods Market stores.
CNBC (9/12),  The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (9/12) 
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Amazon looks nationwide to fill 30K permanent gigs
Amazon will host job fairs in six US markets next week in a quest to fill more than 30,000 permanent positions ranging from hourly warehouse workers to software engineers earning six-figure salaries. The hiring effort isn't part of the company's ramp-up for the holidays, but a move to fill a growing number of permanent jobs in a tight labor market.
The Associated Press (9/9) 
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UPS to hire 100,000 people to keep up with anticipated holiday rush
UPS is hiring roughly 100,000 seasonal employees to manage package volume during the busy holiday season when daily deliveries nearly double. Hiring will focus predominantly on package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers, and about a third of package handlers will likely be offered full-time employment after the rush subsides, according to company officials.
CNBC (9/9) 
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Finance & Policy
White House defends plan to revamp Fannie, Freddie
The Trump administration has clashed with Democratic senators who say taking Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac out from under government control would increase the cost of homebuying and would ignore the needs of low-income homeowners. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the plan "would preserve the long-standing government support of the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage loan."
The Associated Press (9/10) 
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IHA News
Increase impulse shopping in your stores
If visual merchandising or display is vital anywhere in the retail space, it must be where impulse items are being offered. To accomplish this, stores that are saturated or overloaded with visual images, signs and heavy presentations of stock need to be simplified, and the product needs to be presented in more targeted attention-getting displays. Continue reading the Inspiration magazine article on the IHA blog.
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Award-winning business has true sense of soul, community
The IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) Global Honoree, JUMBLED of Australia, has always focused on choosing the right products to create sparks of joy in an enchanting place that has grown into a thriving business. The owner and her team understand the way of modern retailing is to offer people an experience, and the space "aims to provide customers with a place to connect, be inspired and feel joy." Read more on the IHA blog.
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