Hardware Retailing

JAN 2019

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HARDWARE RETAILING | January 2019 58 The added technology in some items, such as multicookers, which can be used to cook anything from rice to stews, can elevate mundane cooking products to technological marvels that inspire the same kind of following that turns power tool departments into destinations for enthusiasts. Cooking shows on TV and the expansion of the culture of cooking for fun has grown the market for more advanced cooking products. For hardware retailers, stocking kitchen items, and gadgets in particular, can bring non-DIY customers or those less inclined to take on a home improvement project into a store. At Kitchen Plus More, Teja has built his business around the concept of keeping his product selection high-end and treating his hardware and kitchen-supply business similarly to his grocery store locations. Wide aisles, bright and welcoming environments and upscale selections have helped the business become a noted destination for home cooks and party hosts looking for the next hot item. These kinds of products include electric pressure cookers and top-flight toaster ovens capable of air frying, baking and toasting, as well as quality cookware-like pots, utensils and linens. A common advantage of newer appliances is the ability to cook multiple types of food or use multiple types of cooking in one product. For example, a toaster oven now can go from making a simple piece of toast to frying up a full meal of fish and chips, if it has the ability to air fry. The time-honored method of stocking good, better and best selections can also work in housewares in addition to more common categories. Kitchen Plus More also stocks a wide variety of decorating items and high-quality cooking gadgets. 58 HARDWARE RETAILING | January 2019 Small kitchen appliances have come a long way in recent years, adding new technology and making cooking techniques once reserved for the busy restaurant kitchen available for the home cook. Stocking these items, and being knowledgeable of their uses, can enhance any housewares department and draw in a new demographic of customer. In the next few pages, take a closer look at some of the hottest kitchen gadgets on the market and see how you can incorporate these items into your housewares department. Sous Vide Cooker These cookers heat a pot of water to a specific temperature and maintain that temperature, allowing food to be placed in plastic bags and submerged. The constant water temperature and circulation allows foods to be cooked to an exact temperature and not beyond. 7 Key Kitchen Gadgets

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