The Best Beverage Coolers for Guys Who Take Refreshment Seriously

Be it a frothy beer, a can of your favorite soda, or just an ice-cold bottle of plain old water, there are few things in life as simply satisfying as cracking open and gulping down a crisp, chilled beverage when you’re thirsty. If this is one of those little pleasures that you enjoy on a daily basis, then a dedicated beverage cooler is one of the best things you can add to your kitchen or home bar – especially if you find yourself going through a lot of cans or bottles of your favorite drinks. A beverage cooler, also commonly known as a beverage center, is basically a beefy mini-fridge that’s designed solely for chilling drinks. What set a beverage center apart from a basic refrigerator are design touches like stainless steel construction, glass doors, and LED lighting, plus more powerful refrigeration capabilities (usually some sort of compression system similar to what you’d find in a full-size refrigerator) with precise degree adjustments within specific temperature ranges. Many people also opt to install a beverage cooler under a kitchen or bar counter, so these refrigerators are typically built more like heavy-duty home appliances than your standard dorm room mini-f...

Alibaba’s Ecosystem Drives Largest-Ever 6.18 Campaign

Tmall and Taobao have delivered the largest-ever – in both scale and reach – 6.18 Mid-Year Shopping Festival for Alibaba Group, connecting a record number of brands with the largest source of untapped consumption growth in China: the country’s hundreds of still-developing cities. Over 200,000 brands participated in 6.18 this year, said Alibaba. Apart from offering discounts and perks in their Tmall and Taobao stores, brands tapped Juhuasuan, Alibaba’s dedicated flash-sale and group-buying platform, to introduce deals exclusive to the festival. During 6.18, Juhuasuan saw 4,700 featured products top RMB 1 million ($145,000) in sales. There were 180 products that each took in over RMB 10 million on the platform, according to Juhuasuan. “The results of the 6.18 Mid-Year Shopping Festival are encouraging. It has proven to be a celebration that can match the enthusiasm and scale of the 11.11 Global Shopping Festival,” said Jiang Fan, president of Taobao and Tmall. During the campaign, more than 100 brands – including L’Oréal, Clé de Peau Beauté, Emporio Armani, Crocs, Godiva and Budweiser – saw sales surpass last year’s 11.11, the Chinese e-commerce giant’s biggest sales day of the ye...