The Anova Precision Cooker Pro led Good Housekeeping's trials of several sous vide machines, with testers remarking on its size, super-quick heating, maintained temperature and detachable clamp for any pot depth. Machines by ChefSteps, Instant Pot, Gourmia and another by Anova rounded out the list.
Home Goods sales for the quarter ending Aug. 3 rose 7.4%, but the retailer had to cut prices on an oversupply of certain products to get them sold. Home Goods says it plans to adjust its category mix and push a marketing campaign for a more robust third quarter.
Adjustability makes the difference for the YouCopia StoreMore adjustable bakeware rack, making it one of the 10 smartest, well-reviewed kitchen organization and storage products in this roundup. SimpleHouseware's pan and pot lid organizer, Seville Classics' three-tier expandable bamboo spice rack and Modern Innovations' magnetic knife bar are among the other clever items.
Target's new in-house brand, Good & Gather, represents the retailer's push to capture the high-quality food market. As part of the rollout, the company will phase out older house brands like Archer Farms and Simply Balanced while scaling back Market Pantry.
Changes in Americans' breakfast habits have contributed to a yearslong decline in cold cereal sales, and food manufacturers are trying several strategies to regain market share. Kellogg is standardizing its box sizes, and it and General Mills are introducing new products and flavors.
Hershey is investing in Fulfil, a line of high-protein, low-sugar bars available in the UK and Ireland, and New York-based Blue Stripes Cacao Shop, founded by cacao entrepreneur Oded Brenner. "Successful companies evolve and engage consumers in new and different ways," says Mary Beth West, chief growth officer at Hershey.
Kroger's Kroger Express, pickup service and Our Brands offerings will be available in 35 Walgreens in Knoxville, Tenn., this fall. The expanded partnership will also see a selection of Walgreens' owned-brand health and beauty products enter 17 Kroger stores.
Some car dealerships with 2018 models still in inventory are offering steep discounts to move the older vehicles as 2020 vehicles arrive on lots. "This is probably the biggest carry-over problem we've seen in the last several years," says former AutoNation President Mike Maroone, who owns dealerships in Colorado and Florida.
According to a study from Snapchat, young car buyers are less committed to specific brands of vehicles, and visit dealership mostly on Friday evenings and Saturdays, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. "When these young demographics come of age and purchase a car, this is a really important stakeholding point for advertisers," says Ariana Battle, senior analyst for Snapchat.
Rob Whitten has made a success of his small-town store, Plain Hardware, in the era of Amazon by knowing what his customers need and always having it in stock, he says. The independent Washington state retailer and three others share their secrets for retail survival in an era of instant gratification.
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