This Tobacco Store Doesn’t Want Your Sweaty Bra Or Sock Money

This Tobacco Store Doesn’t Want Your Sweaty Bra Or Sock Money

We get it: in the summer, you want to be free and unencumbered, without a purse on your shoulder or a heavy wallet in your pocket. However, a tobacco store in Kentucky has an important seasonal rule that they want their customers to keep in mind: they do not want your crumpled, sweaty dollar bills that you’ve just pulled from your sock or your bra. [More]

Burger King Testing Unholy Hybrid: Whopper Dog

Burger King’s new Grilled Dogs are on the permanent menu in both plain and chili dog form, but Burger King is testing something new: people in some markets have spotted a Whopper Dog on the menu. That’s a fast food mashup that sounds surprisingly edible. If you spot one in the wild or get a chance to try one out, let us know! [More]

New York Times Will Now Deliver Ingredients For Its Recipes To Your Doorstep

New York Times Will Now Deliver Ingredients For Its Recipes To Your Doorstep

If you’ve read a recipe in the newspaper and quietly wondered where you would find some of the ingredients, the New York Times has found a new way to solve that problem. They’ve partnered up with Chef’d, an ingredient-delivery service, to create a branded meal subscription that combines the convenience of having your dinner delivered with the cachet of the New York Times brand, yet the inconvenience of having to cook the food yourself. [More]

Sunflower Seeds, Snacks, And Salads Recalled For Possible Listeria Contamination

Sunflower Seeds, Snacks, And Salads Recalled For Possible Listeria Contamination

Whenever we forget how interconnected the American food system is, a recall of a single basic ingredient happens to remind us. Today, the pathogen is Listeria, and the basic food item is sunflower seeds. They’re a tasty snack item by themselves, as well as a common ingredient in trail mixes and a crunchy salad topping. Seeds from a single supplier may be contaminated, and now everything from kale salads to trail mix flavored candy have been recalled. [More]

Ben Schumin

Walmart’s Experiment Is Over: Greeters Are Returning For Good

For a while, Walmart tried a bold staffing experiment: they reassigned employees serving as greeters, a position that serves as both a friendly face and a theft deterrent. Instead of standing at the door, former greeters were to help guide customers to the checkouts, or help them find items in the aisles. That experiment began four years ago, and Walmart brought some greeters back about a year ago. Today Walmart announced that greeters will return to their rightful place in all stores. [More]

Mike Kalasnik

Here’s The List Of Aeropostale Stores That Are Closing

Whether it was market conditions or the behavior of their lenders that drove Aeropostale into bankruptcy, the teen-oriented clothing retailer has difficult decisions to make about which stores to keep and which to close. They’ve already decided on a preliminary closing list. [More]

Would You Buy A Free Shipping Subscription Only For Lands’ End?

Would You Buy A Free Shipping Subscription Only For Lands’ End?

Consumers really love Amazon Prime, a subscription service that now includes a variety of other perks, but began as a humble program that got subscribers free 2-day shipping. Now other retailers have started to wonder whether they can get customers to pay up for free shipping programs with additional perks. The latest retailer to try this is Lands’ End, which has introduced their program along with a more expensive and more stylish collection of clothing. [More]

Overheated iPhone Burns Through 12 Pages Of Notebook Paper

Overheated iPhone Burns Through 12 Pages Of Notebook Paper

Mobile phones are our constant companions, yet it’s easy to forget that they’re electronic devices packed full of delicate components and tiny but powerful rechargeable batteries. The Cherry Hill, NJ fire department says that this resident’s iPhone 6 overheated and burned through 12 pages of a notebook. [More]

CRF Frozen Foods Recalls Everything Processed At WA Plant Since May 2014 Due To Possible Listeria

CRF Frozen Foods Recalls Everything Processed At WA Plant Since May 2014 Due To Possible Listeria

Last week, we learned that vegetables produced by CRF Frozen foods and sold under national and store brands had been recalled due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, a dangerous foodborne pathogen. The company expanded the recall to include all frozen fruits and vegetables processed at its plant in Pasco, WA since May of 2014. That includes 358 different varieties of frozen fruits and veggies sold under 42 brand names sold in all 50 states. It’s a lot of food. [More]

Parvinder Singh Arora

New Payroll Fraud Variation: Scammers Gain Access To Corporate ADP Accounts

In recent months, we’ve seen a scam aiming to social engineer payroll information out of employees hit well-known companies like Snapchat and Seagate. The fraudsters’ goal is to get employees’ personal information and salary data, and file tax returns to collect refunds under their names. Now the tax scammers have found the ultimate source of payroll data: they’re able to access some companies’ accounts with payroll processing company ADP. [More]

1-800-Flowers Has Watson-Powered Robo-Concierge To Help You Choose Gifts

1-800-Flowers Has Watson-Powered Robo-Concierge To Help You Choose Gifts

Do you need help selecting just the right gift for your loved ones, but don’t want to ask an actual human being for that help? 1-800-Flowers, a florist chain named after the dominant way to order things 30 years ago, now has a robo-concierge powered by IBM’s Watson platform that will tell you what someone really wants as a gift. [More]

Nicholas Eckhart

Kmart And Sears Add Stores In MI, WV, IA, LA, WI, And GA To Closings List

Sears Holdings needs to make some cuts, and has been closing its stores in addition to taking on roommates and cutting back on corporate staff. In addition to the 50 or so store closings that Sears Holdings announced locally at the beginning of the year and the 78 store closings that the company announced two weeks ago, today the news broke that three additional Kmart stores will close in Georgia, Michigan, and West Virginia. [More]

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Flour Contaminated With Peanuts Causes Baked Goods Recalls At 7-Eleven, Chick-fil-A, Cinnabon, Supermarkets

You only need one contaminated ingredient to show the complexity and interconnectedness of our food supply. In the case of commercial bakery CSM Bakery Solutions in Georgia, one batch of peanut-contaminated flour led to prepared baked goods at clients nationwide that include Cinnabon, Safeway, Jewel, 7-Eleven, and Chick-fil-A. [More]

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Report: Aéropostale Will File For Bankruptcy Protection This Week

The Aeropostale Bankruptcy Watch may be over. After initial reports two weeks ago that the company was considering a filing in the coming month, now experts speculate that the troubled teen retailer could file later this week. Timing is key: with 800 stores, the company would need to file before its rent for May is due. [More]

Oculus Suggests Bereft Rift Pre-Orderers Should Go To Best Buy Instead

Oculus Suggests Bereft Rift Pre-Orderers Should Go To Best Buy Instead

Oculus began accepting pre-orders for their Rift virtual reality headsets back in January, but not everyone who ordered early has their device yet. Those customers will probably be disappointed to hear that Oculus is going ahead with its retail strategy. Some devices will be available for retail sale at Microsoft stores and from Amazon on Friday, May 6, and available for special demos and for sale at a few Best Buy locations on Saturday, May 7. [More]

Hamilton Beach Grill Assembles Quickly, But Not In 10 Minutes

Hamilton Beach Grill Assembles Quickly, But Not In 10 Minutes

When a product advertises that you can assemble it in 10 minutes, should you take their word for it? Our wrench-wielding colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports decided to test Hamilton Beach’s claim that a customer could assemble one of their gas grills in 10 minutes, equipped with only a screwdriver, but with the help of a friend. Their verdict? The grill doesn’t take as long to assemble as similar products, but it takes more than 10 minutes. [More]

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Dole Found Listeria In Salad Processing Plant As Far Back As 2014, Kept Shipping Veggies

Is it a crime for a company or its representatives to keep on shipping food products that may be dangerous to the public if they know that the items may be contaminated? Dole’s Springfield, OH processing plant has started shipping salad again, but new evidence shows that the company kept shipping lettuce even as it was aware of Listeria contamination in the building as far back as 2014. [More]

Everyone Rush To Giant Before This Amazing Pasta Sale Is Over

Everyone Rush To Giant Before This Amazing Pasta Sale Is Over

Pre-packaged pasta sides are a cheap and easy addition to your meal, and they’re even more affordable if you wait for a good sale. When we say a “good” sale, though, that doesn’t mean a sale like this one at the supermarket Giant. [More]