Together, meal kits and multicookers could provide food retailers with their next great sales growth. While meal kit online sales continue to grow, some e-commerce providers have begun to struggle a bit and it's becoming clear that the traditional brick-and-mortar store may be one of the best places for consumers to purchase them. Simultaneously, the world is quickly falling in love with multicookers. Read more.
Healthy Dining CEO Anita Jones-Mueller offers an overview of the recent UK Calorie Reduction Summit, which focused on the challenge of fighting obesity by promoting healthy eating. Jones-Mueller shared the saga of the more than eight years it took to get US menu labeling rules up and running and how the US and the UK can increase consumer adoption of healthy eating.
Dover Street Market just opened its sixth multibrand fashion boutique in an industrial part of Los Angeles, a continuation of the retailer's trend-bucking strategy. Launched by the heads of fashion house Comme des Garcons in London 14 years ago, the concept melds streetwear and high fashion in a manner one of the founders dubbed "beautiful chaos."
Michael Kors released the Access Runway Smartwatch this week, an upgraded version of its original Access Smartwatch with new features including untethered GPS, heart-rate tracking and payment capabilities. The watch is supported by Google in most places, but the brand has also teamed with China's Mobvoi and other local providers to increase sales in the Chinese market.
HSN is tweaking its merchandise mix, eliminating some higher-priced gadgets and home appliances and adding niche fashion and beauty brands to compete with Amazon and other online players. HSN has been owned by QVC parent Qurate Retail Group since last year, and both retailers are courting younger consumers with social media click-to-buy links and other digital tactics.
Subscribers to Pandora's Premium service will be able to use the Google Assistant to play on-demand music. While this service was previously available on Google smart speakers, it was limited to standard automated stations.
Sprint has partnered with LG for the creation of 5G smartphones, which are expected in early 2019. Also, the company intends to launch 5G networks in major metro areas, including Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Houston.
Verizon is shifting the focus in its stores from phones to phone accessories, having overhauled 200 locations to make accessories more prominent. These Next Gen stores are designed to encourage handling of cases, which represent a higher profit margin for the carrier than phone sales do.
Samsung's competition could ramp up, as Apple may offer three new lower-cost phones and add Apple Pencil support, putting them in direct competition with the Galaxy Note 9. Apple may be receiving components from suppliers at a lower cost and may be using those lower prices to compete in price-conscious markets.
StarVR has rolled out a head-mounted virtual reality device designed for enterprise use; it offers a 210-degree horizontal field of view, allowing the device to work with the user's peripheral vision, which creates a more immersive and true-to-life experience.