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UBS thinks the kitchen is dead – Business Insider


Millennials are, famously, responsible for killing off lots of established industries thanks to their love of smartphones and avocados. Their next victim might be a domestic chore: Home cooking.

According to a UBS note to investors, titled “Is the kitchen dead?”, the rise of food delivery apps such as Uber Eats and Deliveroo might kill the kitchen.

Here’s what UBS analysts wrote:

“There could be a scenario where by 2030 most meals currently cooked at home are instead ordered online and delivered from either restaurants or central kitchens. The ramifications for the food retail, food producer and restaurant industries could be material, as well as the impact on property markets, home appliances and robotics.”

The endgame for this particular scenario, the bank predicted, would see people ordering multiple meals a week from food delivery startups like Deliveroo or Uber Eats. That food would be much cheaper to make and deliver, thanks to robots and delivery drones putting human chefs and drivers out of a job.


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Mealkit delivery services such as Blue Apron or HelloFresh would fill any gaps, but still require minimal preparation. The food delivery market would be worth as much as $365 billion, UBS said, and services like JustEat and Deliveroo would be the major winners.

In the same scenario, the bank predicted people might go to supermarkets and buy less fresh food. They would also go out to eat in restaurants less, meaning lots of restaurants and supermarkets might shut down or consolidate.

Instead, the bulk of food people eat would come from “Dark kitchens,” a model already pioneered by Deliveroo. This is where staff (or, in UBS’ vision, robots) prepare different types of takeaway meals in grouped kitchens.

Deliveroo runs pop-up kitchens in shipping crates, where different restaurant brands prepare food from the same site — often from car parks. The thinking is that this is much cheaper than doing takeaway from a restaurant located on prime real estate.

People will also buy fewer pots, pans, and other kitchen accessories. These graphs show just how possible this kitchen-free future is:


UBS

While food delivery services are still pretty niche, per figure 8, people are getting more used to on-demand services and food delivery apps are only becoming more popular.

Still, the dead kitchen scenario isn’t inevitable. UBS has hedged its bets for any gourmands horrified by the prospect of always eating pre-prepared food at home.

As UBS references, Deliveroo relies on an army of low-paid, self-employed delivery riders who forgo the benefits of full-time employment for flexibility.

In the case of Deliveroo, riders are fighting for better rights, which may lead to government regulation and greater expense for food delivery startups. In the worst case scenario, strict regulation could end Deliveroo’s business.

Given that obesity is a health crisis in the UK, the government might also step up public health campaigning against takeaway food and portion sizes, encouraging more people to cook at home.

Finally, cheap kitchen robots and drones might take years to arrive.

All of these factors would contribute to a rise, rather than decline in home cooking.

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Cowry creates groundbreaking kitchen design app leveraging AI …

Cowry Cabinets, a manufacturer and dealer of high-quality cabinetry, is launching an ingenious app that will allow users to shop for, design and purchase a kitchen all through one easy-to-use, smart AI platform. Cowry’s goal is simple: extend the benefits of AI and Big Data to the renovation industry, and in the process, provide its customers with an easier, more affordable way to design and build kitchens.

The AI Kitchen Designer app delivers on this goal in three key ways:

Patented Advanced Intelligent Design Software – The design process is simplified to the extent that anybody from a first-time renovator to a no-nonsense contractor could download the app and design a kitchen in a matter of minutes. It’s as easy as entering your space measurements and selecting your cabinet and hardware styles. Cowry’s 3D rendering technology will use this information to instantly generate a visual representation of your kitchen design.

Easy Process from Design to Assembly – Once you’ve ordered your kitchen through the app, your cabinetry will be conveniently shipped from Cowry’s local Richmond warehouse within 24 hours and arrive pre-made and ready for easy assembly. Whether you’re installing your cabinets yourself, or a contractor is doing it for you, the process is painless following Cowry’s simple step-by-step instructions.

Unbeatable Prices for Premium Quality – By ordering your kitchen directly through the Cowry app, you will get prices as low as $999 USD for a standard 10’x10′ kitchen. That’s less than you would pay for a sectional sofa. In addition to the money you will save by designing your kitchen yourself, these types of prices will make kitchen renovations affordable even for those on the tightest budget — without sacrificing on quality.

We have seen how drastically new technologies have changed other industries, and today, Cowry is spearheading that change in the kitchen construction business. The AI Kitchen Designer is the first of its kind in an industry where, up until now, the only option has been to spend time and resources on a designer and a dealer. Cowry’s vision is to develop the app into a professional kitchen shopping platform where users can go to purchase products from hundreds of kitchen suppliers. Suppliers will in turn benefit from this arrangement, by saving on marketing expenses and operating costs. In this way, Cowry will provide the most affordable and diverse selection of kitchen products on the market — all in one place.

Through this business model and the company’s strategy of cooperation with local service suppliers across North America, Cowry is building a brand-new ecosystem which encompasses the kitchen renovation process from end-to-end and has the potential for exponential growth.

To find out more about Cowry and the AI Kitchen designer app, visit: https://bit.ly/2l5x0aY

About Cowry Cabinets

Cowry Cabinets Inc., established in 2009, is a high-quality supplier of real wood cabinetry in North America. With over 25 dealers and thousands of satisfied clients served, the company has built a reputation for quality workmanship and exceptional customer service.

About Cowry App

The AI Kitchen Designer app, developed by Cowry, is a one-stop kitchen construction and renovation solution. The app enables users to shop for, design and purchase high-quality kitchen cabinetry and accessories all through one easy-to-use smart AI platform. 

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HomeGoods opens in Mashpee

HomeGoods, an off-price home decor retailer, opened its new store May 20 at 15 Commercial St., Mashpee, in South Cape Village, according to the statement. The 20,062-square-foot store is the 28th in the market and the second on the Cape.

HomeGoods merchandise departments include furniture, rugs, lighting, decorative accessories, gourmet kitchen and dining, bedding, bath, kids decor and toys, outdoor living, pet accessories, storage and workspace, according to the statement. 

The Mashpee store is expected to fill approximately 65 full- and part-time positions.

Regular store hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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Fearne Cotton unveils new Fearne by Swan Housewares range in on-trend pastel shades

Presenter and DJ Fearne Cotton has launched a new range of cookware and accessories with Swan.

Following on from the success of her small appliances collection – which includes food processors, toasters and kettles – the new Fearne by Swan Housewares range offers a beautiful and practical collection of kitchen and table essentials in on-trend pastel shades.

From mini casserole dishes to measuring spoons, there is something for everyone whether you’re a whizz in the kitchen, style aficionado or baking fan.


Available in the full range of colours including Pale Honey, Lily, Peacock and Truffle, the mini casserole dish (£17.99) – which is built from hard-wearing ceramic stoneware – is perfect for preparing and serving a host of foods such as soups and chillies.

Elsewhere, the set of three pie dishes (£29.99) are oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe, and the stylish three-piece ceramic tea set (£34.99) includes a teapot, sugar bowl and creamer designed with a gloss finish.


The full Fearne by Swan Housewares range is available online from Very.


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UBS says Uber Eats-obsessed millennials could kill the kitchen


Millennials are, famously, responsible for killing off lots of established industries thanks to their love of smartphones and avocados. Their next victim might be a domestic chore: Home cooking.

According to a UBS note to investors, titled “Is the kitchen dead?”, the rise of food delivery apps such as Uber Eats and Deliveroo might kill the kitchen.

Here’s what UBS analysts wrote:

“There could be a scenario where by 2030 most meals currently cooked at home are instead ordered online and delivered from either restaurants or central kitchens. The ramifications for the food retail, food producer and restaurant industries could be material, as well as the impact on property markets, home appliances and robotics.”

The endgame for this particular scenario, the bank predicted, would see people ordering multiple meals a week from food delivery startups like Deliveroo or Uber Eats. That food would be much cheaper to make and deliver, thanks to robots and delivery drones putting human chefs and drivers out of a job.


Reuters/Stringer

Mealkit delivery services such as Blue Apron or HelloFresh would fill any gaps, but still require minimal preparation. The food delivery market would be worth as much as $365 billion, UBS said, and services like JustEat and Deliveroo would be the major winners.

In the same scenario, the bank predicted people might go to supermarkets and buy less fresh food. They would also go out to eat in restaurants less, meaning lots of restaurants and supermarkets might shut down or consolidate.

Instead, the bulk of food people eat would come from “Dark kitchens,” a model already pioneered by Deliveroo. This is where staff (or, in UBS’ vision, robots) prepare different types of takeaway meals in grouped kitchens.

Deliveroo runs pop-up kitchens in shipping crates, where different restaurant brands prepare food from the same site — often from car parks. The thinking is that this is much cheaper than doing takeaway from a restaurant located on prime real estate.

People will also buy fewer pots, pans, and other kitchen accessories. These graphs show just how possible this kitchen-free future is:


UBS

While food delivery services are still pretty niche, per figure 8, people are getting more used to on-demand services and food delivery apps are only becoming more popular.

Still, the dead kitchen scenario isn’t inevitable. UBS has hedged its bets for any gourmands horrified by the prospect of always eating pre-prepared food at home.

As UBS references, Deliveroo relies on an army of low-paid, self-employed delivery riders who forgo the benefits of full-time employment for flexibility.

In the case of Deliveroo, riders are fighting for better rights, which may lead to government regulation and greater expense for food delivery startups. In the worst case scenario, strict regulation could end Deliveroo’s business.

Given that obesity is a health crisis in the UK, the government might also step up public health campaigning against takeaway food and portion sizes, encouraging more people to cook at home.

Finally, cheap kitchen robots and drones might take years to arrive.

All of these factors would contribute to a rise, rather than decline in home cooking.

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Curtains or blinds: 4 key points to consider

How you dress your windows can have a big impact on the overall look of a room, but picking colours and materials is just the tip of the iceberg. Often, one of the biggest decisions will be choosing between curtains or blinds (although sometimes a combination of the two is best), but even this isn’t just a question of aesthetics, as it’s important to consider functional practicalities and maintenance too.

After all, we don’t just dress windows to make a style statement – it’s also about privacy, controlling the flow of light into a room, and keeping heat in and draughts out. So, where do you start?


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1. What ‘look’ are you after?

“For many people, choosing between styling windows with either blinds or curtains is a tricky decision. Curtains often provide a more traditional, elegant style in the home, while blinds tend to look more chic and contemporary,” says Adele Shotton-Pugh, resident interior designer at home furnishings retailer, Terry’s Fabrics (terrysfabrics.co.uk). “If you’re trying to keep the costs down while decorating, blinds often come at a much lower price, especially for larger windows, but the right blind will still add the perfect finishing touch to your room.

“If you’re looking to add an element of luxury and warmth, curtains may be the best option. However, if you prefer simplicity and contemporary style, you might want to consider investing in blinds. You could also think about combining blinds and curtains to completely block out any unwanted light, and make a stunning style statement in your window.”


Camberwell Ready Made Lined Eyelet Curtains – Silver, currently reduced to £24.99 from £60 for 46” x 54”, Terry’s Fabrics (Terry’s Fabrics/PA)

For some, the soft, flowing finish of curtains will always seal the deal. Curtains also offer the option of creating a ‘layered’ effect, with a sheer net or voile curtain providing privacy and a heavier curtain on top to frame the window and complete the look. In a classical setting, a heavy curtain that cascades and gathers at the floor can add depth and impact – as well as helping trap heat and block out sound and light.

That said, the options for blinds are now vast, with designs to suit all needs and tastes. “While blinds come in lots of different types – from rollers and Romans to verticals and venetians – there is also a huge choice of colours and fabrics to choose from as well. Even venetian and vertical blinds have patterned options,” says Mike Stephen, director of Apollo Blinds (apollo-blinds.co.uk), who also allow customers to select their own fabric, send it to them, and then have the blinds made up.


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2. Will they be easy to clean?

Generally speaking, blinds will be easier – and cheaper – to clean than curtains, depending on the type of fabric used (there may be some curtain fabrics you can wash at home).

“While most curtain fabrics will need to be professionally dry-cleaned, the majority of blinds can be cleaned at home (with the exception of Roman blind fabrics, that need to be dry-cleaned),” says interiors expert Lorna McAleer from Style Studio (stylestudio.co.uk). “You can dust most blinds regularly with a soft cloth on both sides to get rid of any dust build up. For venetian blinds, a feather duster is convenient to get in between those awkward slats.


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“For blinds that require a more thorough clean to remove stains, roller, vertical and pleated blinds can usually be sponge-cleaned. Just check the fabric properties with your retailer to be sure your blind is suitable for this method.”

3. Are they suitable for the room?

This is mostly a consideration when it comes to bathrooms and kitchens, where there tends to be a lot more moisture in the air, and possibly a faster build up of grease and grime.

“With all the grease and dirt from food preparation, plus high levels of humidity in kitchens from cooking, laundry and washing up, there are lots of easy-to-clean window blind options. Moisture resistant coatings can also be applied to fabric blinds to prevent the growth of mould and mildew,” says McAleer. “To stand up to the humid atmosphere and to fit with specialist doors/windows perfectly, pleated blinds are hard to beat in the kitchen, and can be made to measure in all shapes and sizes. Colour looks great at kitchen windows. For a fresh look, why not match up blinds to existing kitchen accessories?


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“Aluminium and wood effect venetian blinds are easy to wipe clean and won’t harbour germs, dirt or smells, so they’re a great option for the kitchen. When not in use, venetian blinds pull up almost out of sight, so won’t to interrupt garden views. Roller blinds are great for bringing pattern and personality to the kitchen.”

Lucy Shore, creative designer at Swish (swish.co.uk), adds: “As well as the overall look, considering the impact that everyday moisture will have on your chosen blind is vital to ensure it stays looking good. The beauty of aluminium venetian blinds is that they can simply be wiped dry when needed, avoiding the issues of warping, as you often see with wood, or the dark, mould patches which can plague fabrics.”


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4. Do they offer enough light versatility?

In the bedroom, you might want something that totally blocks out the light when you’re sleeping – if you want a light/pale curtain, there’s always the option of fitting a discreet black-out blind underneath. But consider whether you want something that gives you the option of controlling light too; this is where blinds can come into their own.

“Blinds featuring blackout fabrics can be made-to-measure and expertly fitted to ensure there are no gaps of light coming in through the window. One of the newest types of blackout blinds are BlocOut Blinds, which are said to achieve higher levels of darkness than ever before. They combine a superior quality blackout fabric with a frame (precision-engineered side rails and a bottom bar) that the blinds slot into. This ensures the window is fully covered with nowhere for the light to enter,” says Stephen.


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Many blind designs – particularly those with slats, or motorised blinds that allow you to ‘open’ particular sections as desired – give you the option of adjusting light control throughout the day. This might be handy in rooms where you want to remove glare (while watching TV or using a computer, for instance), but still allow some sunlight through, or similarly where you want natural light but a greater degree of privacy than you’d get with net curtains.

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Retro Argos catalogues reveal the biggest kitchen trends of the last 50 years

From the hostess trolleys of the Seventies to the rise of smart cookers today, this look back at retro Argos catalogues reveals just how much Britain’s kitchens have changed over the last 50 years. 

Experts from the British retail chain have analysed cuttings from each decade to identify some of the biggest trends in kitchens.  

The Eighties, for example, saw kitchen gadgets becoming more commonplace. 

While some, like toastie makers, have stood the test of time, others like electric food slicers and wall-mounted can openers are largely a thing of the past. 

Meanwhile the matching sets of the Nineties have made way for more Instagram-friendly aesthetics in this social media age of the last 10 years.  

Scroll down to relive some of the biggest trends over the last 50 years – and see the expert predictions for what we’ll be snapping up in the future…  

1970s: Dinner party favourites

Rise and shine! Automatic tea makers were the height of sophistication for many in the 70s 

Hostess with the most-ess: A hostess trolley was the must have for weekend dinner parties

Attention to detail: This rotary iron, a steal at only £33.45, was just the tool to get all the creases out of table cloths and napkins before guests arrived for dinner

The Seventies saw a rise in ‘dinner party chic’ and any item that could help the hostess put on the perfect soiree flew off the pages. 

The rotary iron, a steal at only £33.45, was just the tool to get all the creases out of table cloths and napkins before guests arrived, and household could be without a Hostess Royal Heated Trolley (£55.95), making sure that food stayed piping hot.

To make the morning after the festivities that much easier, a hostess would set her automatic tea maker to help her rise and shine.

1980s: Gadgets galore

How did we ever live without them? Pictured: 1) Electric carving knife; 2) Electric carving knife; 3) Electric food slicer; 4) Electric yoghurt maker; 5) Electric gas lighter; 6) Electric can opener

The Eighties saw gadgets of all shapes and sizes popping up in the catalogue pages – and being snapped up by homeowners keen to be at the cutting-edge. 

As technology started to become cheaper and more accessible, kitchens filled with electrical gadgets, from electric food slicers to toastie makers. 

This passion for small, speedy gadgets also extended to simpler items like electric can openers and carving knives – everything you need for the perfect roast dinner.

1990s: Multi-tasking and matching sets

Matchy matchy! Shoppers could buy their entire kitchen set in the Eternal Beau pattern

Saving time: All-in-one gadgets like ice cream makers and juice extractors dominated the 90s 

The 90s were all about fast-paced living and this led to the rise in appliances that could do everything all at once. 

Often big and clunky, the ‘steam cuisine’ epitomises the all-in-one era. This also led to the rise in automatic appliances that you could leave to their own devices while you went about your business. 

The automatic rice cooker and ice cream machine are perfect examples of people wanting home cooking without the effort. 

The trend for matching kitchen accessories also went to a whole new level in the 90s, with customers able to buy everything for their kitchen in the same pattern or theme – from the crockery and cutlery, right through to the spice rack, knife block, kitchen scales and even the bin. 

The biggest-selling earthenware range of all time – Eternal Beau – was a catalogue staple throughout the 90s and a great example of a coordinated range.

2000s: Little Luxuries

At-home treats: Wine and beer fridges were the perfect indulgences for homeowners 

Morning pick-me-up: Now commonplace, coffee machines first arrived in the 2000s

With the new millennium came a strong desire to treat yourself and customers wanted to splurge on extras like mini fridges dedicated to solely to alcohol, whether this be wine, beer or mixers. 

As coffee shop chains began to take over the high street, people started to crave barista-style caffeine in the comfort of their own homes and opted for full service espresso makers.

2010s: Cook like a celebrity chef

Star power: Gordon Ramsay is among a number of celebrity chefs to sell branded kitchenware

Best-seller: Fans wanting to cook like Anthony Worrall Thompson can pick up this set

As television shows such as the Great British Bake Off and The F Word took off in the 2010s, chefs shot to fame. People wanted to mimic the kitchens of this new brand of celebrity and the catalogue filled with famous faces. 

Whether you were looking for home cooking gadgets from Anthony Worrall Thompson or professional looking appliances to recreate the high standards of Gordon Ramsay, there was something for every budding head chef. 

Worrall-Thompson’s pie maker and Ramsay’s mixing bowl were popular thanks to the celebrity seal of approval.

… And the kitchens of the future  

Looking forward to the next decade, Fay Williams, White Goods Buying Manager at Argos, said: ‘When predicting the next big kitchen trends, it’s important to keep an eye on the world of tech as this is completely changing the way we use our homes and also the way we are using appliances in the home today.’ 

Teresa Young, Kitchens Buyer added ‘I look at the latest trends on social media, especially Instagram, as consumers increasingly want to show-off their home to the rest of the world.’

Smart Home, Smart Kitchen

Smart tech is taking over so much of the house, but it has only really just begun to expand into the kitchen. As customers become more comfortable with voice activation and controlling their home from afar, smart ovens and hobs will become the norm. With the next generation growing up in a world permeated with tech, there’s no telling how far this trend could go. 

Texture and Accented Styles

Texture is proving popular in the design world and continues to infiltrate the kitchen, especially for image-conscious people who want to show off their kitchen accessories on Instagram. Textured, accented and muted colours are a winning combination for small appliances, helping customers inject softness as well as functionality into their kitchen space, and get the perfect picture for social media.

There are a range of muted hues for all the kitchen essentials available at Argos so everyone can have a on trend moment. 

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