By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! We’ve rounded up some content for you as you wind down your work week. From the colorful kitchen appliances to smaller footprint Ikea stores, here are some of our favorite articles from this week:

Are Colorful Kitchen Appliances the Next Big Trend? | Jennifer Ott: Homeowners who are looking to add a pop of color to their kitchens have a new option for brightening their spaces. Colorful major appliances are starting to make headway, despite white and gray being the most common options. Unlike past color trends, there is a wide variety of options for consumers, from lime green to soft blues to vibrant yellows.

hand holding credit cardThe clever way Walmart is trying to beat Amazon | Katharine Schwab: Amazon and Walmart are frequent rivals in the online retail space, but Walmart is hoping to leverage some advantages going forward. Because of their huge physical presence in the US, they intend to use their stores as additional warehouses for products that their customers buy online. Additionally, because such a huge percent of the population lives just a few miles from a Walmart store, pickup for online orders can be more painless for consumers.

Ikea’s first city-center store in the U.S. opens in NYC next month | Megan Barber: With more people predicted to live in smaller spaces in big cities, Ikea has been re-tooling its stores. The first of its “city-center” stores in New York. The city-center stores, which have a smaller layout geared towards apartment-dwellers and don’t have customers pick up their own flat-packed furniture, have already started appearing in Europe, in cities like London and Paris.

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