Specialty Retail
Top stories summarized by our editors
9/21/2018

At an event Thursday, Amazon announced plans to add a range of devices in the home security, vehicle and premium audio markets. The company also unveiled Alexa-enabled devices including a wall clock and a microwave, plus updated versions of the Echo Plus, Dot and Show.

More Summaries:
Amazon
9/21/2018

It's well-known that Android phones easily outsell Apple's iPhones globally, but in the pricier categories, Apple does much better. IPhones accounted for 43% of all sales of phones priced over $400 in the second quarter and 88% of sales of phones priced over $800, a Counterpoint Research report states.

Full Story:
Digital Trends
More Summaries:
Apple, Counterpoint Research
9/21/2018

Facebook plans to unveil its Portal video chat device next week after initially delaying the announcement in May. The device is expected to cost about $300 to $400.

Full Story:
Cheddar
More Summaries:
Facebook
9/21/2018

The two locations of Hometown Food Markets, both in the Colorado mountains, have to be ready to please both the local community and the many visitors to the region who vacation there in summer and winter. Co-owner Ed Sowards makes a point of visiting local farms to get as many regional products into the stores as possible.

9/21/2018

Giant Eagle is promoting its stores as a safe location for users of the app OfferUp to exchange goods. The chain's store locations will be listed as designated meeting spots for those using the app to buy or sell household items.

Full Story:
Progressive Grocer
More Summaries:
Giant Eagle
9/21/2018

Sephora's Accelerate program has so far supported 31 entrepreneurs and promised to back 50 female-founded beauty businesses by 2020. The program, which provides participants with a one-week intensive boot camp and six months of mentoring, had more than 500 applicants this year, compared to 300 in 2017.

Full Story:
Glossy
More Summaries:
Sephora
9/21/2018

Rachel Ogden put the Tefal Actifry Genius XL through its paces by making meatballs and french fries, and she praises the device for producing nutritious meals with little or no monitoring. The machine works with an app, and its nonstick pan is designed to produce even cooking results.

Full Story:
Trusted Reviews
More Summaries:
Rachel Ogden
9/21/2018

Instant Pot and Food Network's Ree Drummond have teamed on the special-edition Instant Pot Pioneer Woman LUX60, available exclusively at Walmart. The six-in-one multicooker is available in two flowery designs.

Full Story:
Digital Trends
More Summaries:
Ree Drummond, Walmart, Food Network
9/21/2018

An instant-read thermometer is an essential tool for cooking meat because it allows the home cook to check if the meat is done without cutting it or using guesswork, Alyse Whitney writes. She recommends ThermoWorks' ThermoPop thermometer for its reliability and reasonable price point.

Full Story:
Bon Appetit
More Summaries:
Alyse Whitney
9/21/2018

Vehicles have increasing amounts of electronics, which can add complexity and cost to repairs. "Minor fender benders now damage sensitive safety components located in bumpers, side mirrors and fenders, increasing the number of vehicles needing sensor calibration and repair," says asTech's Dan Young.

Full Story:
USA Today