Home chefs can up their sandwich game -- and sometimes get creative with grilled meats and waffles -- with a panini press. Budget and needs will be part of the decision-making process, and Kate Miller highlights five picks, including the Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler and the Hamilton Beach electric panini press.
Chef Jimmy Papadopolous tells Gear Patrol which four kitchen items he couldn't live without, including a Japanese water stone and a Vita Prep blender. But he says the vacuum sealer is "one of the best inventions ever. ... From cooking sous vide to tight storage of all prepared food products, a vacuum sealer is an absolute essential."
IHS Markit's US manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index was 51.0 in September, the highest reading since April. The preliminary reading of growth comes after August's contraction.
Manufacturing growth in Dayton, Ohio, and surrounding areas means a need for labor, and the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association hopes to have companies host 55 open houses for students during next month's Manufacturing Day.
IBM works with 19 community colleges on a curriculum that trains students for jobs in areas such as cloud computing, while other companies partner with colleges to train students in areas including advanced manufacturing and autonomous driving. Community colleges are positioned to teach hard and soft skills, says IBM Chief HR Officer Diane Gherson.
Stop & Shop has added The Mini Bakery from Wilkinson Baking Co. at a store in Massachusetts. The Mini Bakery machine, also known as "The Breadbot," can freshly bake 10 loaves of artisan bread every hour.
Albertsons is expanding its ExxonMobil fuel rewards program to 15 states on the East Coast. The Gas Rewards program is available through Safeway, Acme, Shaw's and Star Market stores, and can be redeemed at around 1,500 Exxon and Mobil stations.
Returns and other areas of reverse logistics have been growing in November and December, as opposed to after the winter holidays, so companies should start planning now to make sure they can give customers the service they expect, Linus Kalenze writes. He recommends having an easy-to-follow returns policy, creating a retrieval strategy and forming a plan to deal with returned merchandise promptly.
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon has been selected to replace JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon as chair of the Business Roundtable. McMillon, whose two-year term at the helm of the CEO trade group will start Jan. 1, said the group will focus on the role business will have in influencing the future of the country.
Aftermarket technologies such as Wi-Fi sticks, long-range wireless power receivers and cloud-based DVR services are improving the consumer experience by effectively transforming gadgets into smart home products. Ori Mor writes that manufacturers should consider addressing consumer demands by integrating these features into their products from the start.