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News Retail Video

Amazon’s Expired Food Problem

Amazon is shipping out food products from third-party sellers that are expired, stale, or tampered with. Four months after CNBC first reported the problem, a new analysis found the sellers are still shipping expired food, even as regulation begins to catch up.

Amazon told CNBC that this happens in very isolated incidents, and that it will suspend or terminate a seller’s account for violations of its strict policies. Still, the CNBC analysis found expired hot sauce, beef jerky, granola bars, Doritos, coffee creamer and baby food being sold by third-party sellers, which can impact consumer trust of the brands and Amazon itself.

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Retail Shopping Video

Which Supermarket Is Cheapest For A Basic Shopping List?

In my recent budget challenge videos, a lot of people told me I should be shopping in Aldi or Lidl (or just told me that I *shouldn’t* be shopping in Tesco and Asda) Let’s check out prices by shopping a similar list in every supermarket I can find…

 

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GROCERY Retail Video

The Real Reason Trader Joe’s Is Always Out Of Products

It’s one of the only downsides to shopping at Trader Joe’s, and that’s the likelihood something you want just isn’t going to be there. But, as it turns out, there is some method to this madness. Here’s the real reason Trader Joe’s is always out of products. In keeping with its sea-faring theme, Trader Joe’s applies the “gangway factor” to its products. What does that mean? Gangway, with its nautical stylings and which can also be defined as an interjection meaning “out of the way!” actually makes perfect sense. See, Trader Joe’s stores are typically the opposite of ginormous, and that means that they can’t just keep adding new products on top of old products, particularly if a product isn’t doing well. And that brings us to the gangway factor. According to the company’s FAQ, it’s a common reason a product might be discontinued. They explain: “Because we introduce new products every week, we have to eliminate items that aren’t selling strongly enough to earn their spot on the shelf. It’s a matter of space. And it keeps things interesting.” In other words, those duds simply have no choice but to “gangway!” Yes, it’s a bummer when one of your favorites doesn’t make the cut, but think of all the tasty new products that may have landed in their place.

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Restaurant Retail Video

Food Court Foods You Should Absolutely Never Touch

Hunger strikes nearly everyone at the mall, sooner or later. But the choices at the food court are not all created equal. Don’t waste your hard-earned money on something that didn’t taste half as good as you thought it would. These are the food court foods you should never eat.

For pizza chains desperate to crack the food court puzzle, the solution seemed simple: Make pizza available, without making customers wait to have the dough mixed to perfection, layered with cheese and toppings, and cooked in a high-heat oven. After all, mall shoppers have a packed day of shopping ahead of them; they can’t be expected to wait around while their fresh food cooks. Making a few pizzas ahead of time, keeping them warm, and selling them by the slice must have made a lot of sense.

The problem here is volume. If you’re hitting the food court during peak mealtimes, these pizzas are turning over pretty quickly, and you’re able to get a fresh and delicious slice.

But hit the mall in the mid-afternoon, and there’s no telling how long those slices have been sitting under the warmer. If you must resort to eating food court atrocities, the least you can do is eat food that’s made to order.

Basic food safety issues aside, gigantic steam table trays of spaghetti and meatballs or eggplant Parmesan are also nutritional minefields. Look, we get it; you’ve had a tough day of spending money. But unless you’re an Olympic athlete, you don’t need to pile 1,200 calories worth of sugary carbohydrates down your gullet in one sitting. These dishes aren’t going to energize you for more shopping. Instead, they’ll probably make you want to go home and crash.

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Restaurant Retail Video

This Is Why IKEA’s Meatballs Are So Delicious

The meatballs at IKEA have successfully halted the downward spiral of more than one rapidly-declining shopping trip. But is this a function of the quality of the meatballs themselves, or are there other psychological factors in play? These are the reasons why IKEA’s meatballs are so delicious.

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Retail Video

Secrets Costco Tried To Hide

No matter how much time you spend at Costco, there are probably a few things you don’t know about the popular members-only warehouse club. On top of fake Tiffany rings and controversial food practices, the wholesale retailer also has plenty of skeletons in its closet.