Once considered second-tier options, private-label food brands are coming on strong.
Shortages and cost concerns prompted many buyers to give store brands a try during the pandemic. Pleased with their purchases, many added private-label products to their shopping lists.
Now, retailers are ramping up production and expanding their private-label portfolios to solidify new buying habits.
Amazon, for example, just launched Aplenty.
Aplenty’s offerings include pita chips, potato chips, cookies, and honey Dijon mustard, Supermarket News reported. Hundreds of additional items are expected over the next year, including candy, crackers, frozen food, condiments, and baking mixes. …
When I was a child, spanking was my mother’s go-to punishment.
That’s the reason I decided — long before I had children — I’d never use physical discipline.
When she lost her temper, my mother grabbed a flyswatter, a hairbrush, a paint stirrer, a paddle, or a switch and started swinging. If nothing was within reach, her open hand left the same lingering sting.
I remember clenching my fists, squeezing my eyes closed, and telling myself, “I’m not going to cry. I’m not going to cry,” over and over when she spanked me.
Despite my feigned defiance, I was scared…
If you’re the boss — or aspire to be — new research shows that reflecting on the kind of leader you want to be could spur your success.
“It’s as simple as taking a few moments in the morning while you’re drinking your coffee to reflect on who you want to be as a leader,” said Remy Jennings, a doctoral student in the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business. Jennings, along with UF professor Klodiana Lanaj, wrote the study published in Personnel Psychology.
Researchers invited students enrolled in a weekend MBA program at a large midwestern university in the…
I was genuinely excited to get my second shot of the Pfizer vaccine last Friday.
After living through lockdown in a rural North Carolina county where residents — to this day — remain at very high risk for COVID-19, it felt like a tremendous weight was lifted.
Although at least one in nine people living in my county has been infected since the start of the pandemic, I still see folks without masks every single day.
At the very least, I thought, the weekly trip to the grocery store will no longer feel so fraught.
Amazon’s story began with book sales. Now the e-commerce giant is building on that foundation by testing book clubs.
According to the company’s website, book clubs are in “early access,” and customers with an Amazon account can join for free. The site currently says that some customers can start their own clubs and that it will extend club creation to all customers this year.
Participants who sign up for existing clubs receive book recommendations from Amazon editors. There are no forums for book discussions, though club members can suggest their favorites to others.
Amazon is inviting feedback to “inform what…
Pistachios are popping up everywhere these days.
In entrepreneur Roxana Saidi’s pistachio milk, Táche, the nuts take the starring role.
The founder and CEO, whose father is Iranian, told Refinery 29 that she grew up eating pistachios.
“I joke that pistachios are to Persian households as potato chips — or even, like, toilet paper — are to American ones,” she said. “You must always have pistachios on hand. It’s a standard thing.”
Women’s retailer Loft is eliminating size-inclusive fashions just three years after embracing them.
The company didn’t make an announcement. Instead, the news was revealed in response to shoppers’ inquiries on social media. It was a shock — and a huge disappointment — for many customers.
“The vast majority of my clothes come from Loft, but based on this, I guess I’ll be looking for a new favorite store,” one woman responded on Twitter. Another commented, “This doesn’t make sense — and it sends an awful message. Please reconsider this decision!!”
Although COVID-19 is wrenchingly awful, the pandemic has brought out the best in many of us.
That’s according to the newly released World Happiness Report, which showed “surprising resilience” in how people rated their lives.
“We asked two kinds of questions. One is about the life in general, life evaluation, we call it. How is your life going? The other is about mood, emotions, stress, anxiety,” said Columbia University Professor Jeffrey Sachs, one of the report’s co-authors.
“Of course, we’re still in the middle of a deep crisis,” Sachs told the Associated Press. “But the responses about long-term life evaluation…
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