Kohl’s can now be added to the list of traditional brick and mortar retailers that have signed deals to work with Amazon.
The chain of department stores unveiled its plans Wednesday of rolling out its “smart home experience” in ten of its stores prior to the start of the upcoming holiday shopping season.
Starting in October, Kohl’s shoppers at ten Chicago and Los Angeles designated locations can purchase devices that include smart home products, and accessories directly from the e-commerce behemoth.
It is not known if Kohl’s stores will have Amazon display inside them when the program launches in October.
Michelle Gass, the chief customer and merchandising officer at Kohl’s said the retailer believes in the power of its portfolio of products and knows the future as an omni-channel best in the class retailer is going to be driven by how compelling, unique and inventive we make the store experience for all customers.
Gass added that Amazon and Kohl’s share customer obsession.
The department store chain said it would be dedicating a zone of 1,000 sq. feet inside its stores for Amazon products that include the Echo, Echo Dot, Fire and Fire Tablets and Fire TV.
Customers will have the opportunity to then schedule an expert from Amazon to visit their residence and to install their smart house devices, said a statement released by Kohl’s.
Through this partnership, Kohl’s will also promote the Home Services of Amazon, which offer customers access to local professional that offer services in tasks that include plumbing and cleaning amongst others.
VP of Marketing and Sales for Amazon Devices Dave Zimmer said that Amazon was thrilled to be offering another unique way for customers to try it lineup of Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, learn about the smart house services it offers for experts at Amazon, and buy the items directly from Amazon, and all within the different Kohl’s locations.
Earlier in 2017, Amazon entered into a partnership with Sears, where it will sell appliances that are Alexa-enable on Amazon.com. Following the Whole Foods Market takeover by Amazon, Echo devices now are appearing in the different stores of the grocery chain throughout the nation.
Best Buy the electronics retailer is also selling some Alexa-enabled and Amazon products inside its stores.
Stock at Kohl’s was moving higher by over 1.5% on Wednesday during trading before the opening bell following the release of the news.
Carbs Might Be Worse for Heart Than Fat
Carbohydrates have more of an adverse impact on cardiovascular risk factors said researchers. They have advice as well that might surprise many related to fruits and vegetables.
Researchers said that carbs have a negative impact that is greater than fat on heart health. That conclusion came from the study Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology or PURE.
The PURE study examined eating habits of over 125,000 people across 18 nations.
Researchers said their findings showed that carbohydrates, not fat, have a more adverse impact on the risk factors related to cardiovascular health.
The project observed people from a range of different geographic and economical walks of life. The data gathered was during a period of 10 years between 2003 and 2013.
Researchers said that the ideal diet would have between 50% and 55% carbohydrates, with 35% fat. The type of fat was determined to be very important.
Monounsaturated fats like the ones in nuts, avocados and olive oil contain beneficial properties, while saturated fats that often can be found in red meat have neutral effect on the cardiovascular health said the researchers.
However, this study by PURE has limitations. The authors said that in many areas of low income, carbohydrates found in bread, beans and rice are very common.
The focus at this time is promoting diets that are low-fat but ignores the fact most people have diets in countries that are low and middle income that are extremely high in carbs, which seem to link to worse outcomes of health, wrote the researchers.
In countries with low and middle income, where diets often consist of over 65% of energy received from carbohydrates, the guidelines must refocus attention toward lowering the intake of carbs rather than focusing on lowering fats.
As with different fats, the quality and types of carbs can vary, depending upon availability.
For example, whole grains are far healthier than processed items such as pasta and white bread. In areas where low income is present, food quality must also be considered.
Researchers said that people should eat fats instead of carbohydrates of low quality. Those that have diabetes must be aware of that as fats have little impact on blood sugar and insulin, while refined carbs could have dramatic effects.
Beyond carbs and fats, researchers also found that you can have too much of a good thing. They recommend three to four servings of each per day and no more of vegetables and fruits.
Federal Grant of $400,000 announced to Help Eradicate Potato Pest
United States Senator Charles Schumer of New York during a visit late last week to Cornell University said the potato crop is at risk.
To help lower that risk, the senator announced a commitment in federal funds of $400,000 for Cornell’s Federal Golden Nematode Lab. The funds will be administered through the Agricultural Research Services (ARS) of the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) and pay to help upgrade equipment and facilities.
The lab is 60 years old and used by Cornell scientists and the USDA-ARS to control the possible devastating play cyst nematodes and golden nematodes. It is our front line defense against the terrible infestation, Schumer the minority leader of the Senate said on Friday.
With no intervention, these pests will pose a huge threat to the $65 million New York potato crops and industry across the U.S. The worms are microscopic and feed on the potato plant roots and on other crops, which in turn creates a dramatically smaller yield.
The lab, together with the USDA and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, maintains a quarantine that protects the potato industry of New York, while making it safe for farmers in New York to ship vegetable, such as soybeans as well as root crops like turnips, beets and carrots.
The Cornell Federal Golden Nematode Lab is the only type of research program of its kind in North America with expertise in resistance breeding as well as management of the cyst nematode, said Dean of CALS Kathryn Boor.
Boor added that through monitoring, soil testing and research to develop potato cultivars that are resistance as well as appropriate management strategies for farms, the program has been able to successfully quarantine golden nematodes, a pest which had been present in the U.S. for quite some time.
Schumer has said that the potato industry is an important sector for the economy in upstate New York, with more than 20,000 acres dedicated to crops on over 1,200 farms.
Last year, the state of New York approved $1.2 million for modernizing and renovating the lab at Cornell, which helps farmers and researchers to stay ahead of the pests that learn to adapt to the control measures being used.
The lab collaborates as well with potato breeders at Cornel to develop resistant and high quality potato varieties.
Ending DACA Will Hit Economy in U.S. Hard
American employers said they one key ingredient is missing and that ingredient is workers.
Finding available and qualified candidates is a big challenge for businesses and some have reduced hiring because of that.
Many companies fill in the holes with some of the more than 27 million workers living in the U.S. who are foreign-born.
The decision by President Donald Trump to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program put some 800,000 young adults at risk of being deported. They are people born outside the U.S. but were brought in as young children by their parents or family and have lived for at least a decade in the country.
Experts say that repealing DACA is going to make the shortage of workers worse in the U.S. as eliminating DACA workers lowers the number of overall skilled workers and a number of industries are facing shortages of workers.
One analyst estimates that the repeal of DACA would hit the government of the U.S. due to deporting taxpayers. He believes there is the potential for a loss of $60 billion in tax revenues to the U.S. government and a hit of more than $280 billion to the economic growth of the nation over the next decade.
Worker shortages have become a big deal nationwide. Tech companies cannot find enough developers of software. Construction companies cannot locate skilled builders. Tourism companies are having a hard time finding service employees. Trucking companies are short drivers and farmers need additional workers in the field.
Eighty-seven percent of the small business owners hiring or attempting to hire during July reported little or no applicants who were qualified.
Finding talented workers has been the biggest problems manufacturing and construction, industries that are at the core of President Trump’s support base.
The more than 800,000 people that fall under the DACA program have helped fill in the gaps. Over 75% of them have jobs and have wages that average more than $17 per hour.
The median age is 22, which means most are ready to begin careers or jobs for the future. The holder of DACA permits are part of the countries formal job market, which means they are paying local, state as well as federal taxes when they are given pay checks rather than being paid cash under the table.
Without these workers, fewer overall workers will be available and often times fewer workers equal smaller profits for smaller businesses.