Kroger has been preparing for and is ready to face the competition from German discount grocer Lidl, which has begun opening its hundreds of planned US stores, Chief Financial Officer Mike Schlotman said Wednesday. He also said Kroger is well-positioned to face the future of the Amazon-Whole Foods deal, with its $16 billion in annual natural and organic food sales, which exceeds Whole Foods' total yearly sales.
Ikea and Apple are working together on an augmented-reality platform that allows customers to more accurately preview furniture in their homes. The program will be available via an app, but it will require customers to select furniture in-store to try it out.
The release of the iPhone 10 years ago led many to believe that Apple would lead the way in all technology innovations in the future. Despite that, the company has lagged in releasing newer technology, including smart home devices, Tripp Mickle writes.
Interest in virtual reality is waning, as high-end VR platforms have not gained enough followers to create a trend. Games could be the key to making consumers demand VR, as Sony has announced the planned release of several new ones designed for its PlayStation VR system coming this year.
Wal-Mart and Sam's Club account for more than one-fifth of the grocery market in the US, according to data from UBS. Kroger commands 10.2% of the market, Albertsons claims 5.2%, Costco claims 4.2% and CVS claims 3.9%, the data revealed.
The Forneau Bread Oven 2.0 builds on the success of the company's original cast-iron oven, which debuted in 2015. This new iteration, which is available on Kickstarter, features a redesigned baking tray that makes it easier for home bakers to remove baked loafs and a silicone baking mat that wicks away moisture, ensuring a crispy loaf.
Shoppers looking to buy a hand blender should look for one that fits comfortably in the hand and is designed to easily blend lump-free dips, drinks, soups and sauces. A top blender such as the Bamix Swissline Hand Blender 100.309 will be proficient, compact and almost indestructible.
Sous vide cooking has been around since the late 18th century, growing in popularity in the 1960s when French chefs Michel and Pierre Troisgros used it to prepare food at Restaurant Troisgros. The technique involves placing vacuum-sealed bags of food such as fish, steak and vegetables in a temperature-controlled water bath or large pot with an attached immersion circulator.
Manufacturing will evolve past just-in-time methods as data analysis is used for sophisticated decision-making, writes Matt Lovell of Centiq. Real-time analytics enables more personalization and faster production, he writes.
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