iRobot: ITC To Launch Robotic Vacuum Patent Infringement Investigation

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain robotic vacuum cleaning devices and components based on a complaint filed by iRobot Corporation, according to the company. The complaint, filed April 18 by iRobot, alleges infringement of six U.S. patents against several robotic vacuum manufacturers.

LG Partners With Google To Expand Smart Home Connectivity

LG has partnered with Google, rolling out Google Home compatibility on its portfolio of connected smart appliances, including a washing machine and dryer, refrigerator, oven range, air purifier, air conditioner and robotic vacuum.

Dafni Hair Products Launches Portable Styler

Dafni Hair Products has launched a new compact styling solution. The Dafni to go Ultimate Portable Hair Styling Brush is said to offer the same styling capability of its original styling brush.

Apple Overtakes Fitbit Wearables Market Lead

In the first quarter of 2017, Apple captured 16% global wearables market share and overtook Fitbit to become the world’s largest wearables vendor, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.

Go Smile Introduces Brush For The Cure Campaign

Go Smile, a manufacturer of teeth-whitening products, has introduced its limited edition Pink Sonic Blue Smart Brush kit to benefit Susan G. Komen in the fight against breast cancer.

LG Partners With Google To Expand Smart Home Connectivity

LG has partnered with Google, rolling out Google Home compatibility on its portfolio of connected smart appliances, including a washing machine and dryer, refrigerator, oven range, air purifier, air conditioner and robotic vacuum.

GE Adds Google Home Connectivity To Appliances

GE Appliances’ entire connected suite of products, including its line of connected air conditioners, is now integrated with the Google Assistant enabled Google Home program.

Avalon Products Enters Home Environment Market

Avalon Products has launched a new home environment appliance assortment, manufacturing heaters, fans, humidifiers and water coolers.

SodaStream Sales Grow In Q1

Strong growth across its four geographic selling regions propelled SodaStream in the first quarter as company-wide sales were up double-digits.

Report: SharkNinja Exploring Sale

The “For Sale” sign may be up at housewares supplier SharkNinja, according to a report from Reuters.

iRobot: ITC To Launch Robotic Vacuum Patent Infringement Investigation

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain robotic vacuum cleaning devices and components based on a complaint filed by iRobot Corporation, according to the company. The complaint, filed April 18 by iRobot, alleges infringement of six U.S. patents against several robotic vacuum manufacturers.

Report: SharkNinja Exploring Sale

The “For Sale” sign may be up at housewares supplier SharkNinja, according to a report from Reuters.

iRobot Extends Roomba Vacuum Series Connectivity

iRobot has extended the availability of its cloud-connected cleaning with the launch of the Roomba 890 and Roomba 690 WiFi connected vacuuming robots. The company has also launched an Amazon Alexa skill for U.S. customers of WiFi connected Roomba robotic vacuums.

Kuhn Rikon Introduces Veggie Peeler Displays

Kuhn Rikon has introduced new point-of-sale merchandise displays for its assortment of veggie peelers, which includes potato, tomato and carrot designs.

Zak Designs Debuts Tilt Mixing Bowl Set

Zak Designs has debuted a 4-piece Tilt mixing bowl set. The bowls are designed to nest within each other while creating a level top surface.

Wilton Armetale Unveils New Grillware

Wilton Armetale, a division of Lifetime Brands, is bringing two new grillware products to the market: a Pig Griller and sauté pan for use on the grill.

Williams Sonoma Takes Hestan Cookware On Tour

Williams Sonoma is hosting a 10-city tour as part of the retailer’s launch of Hestan NanoBond cookware.

Kuhn Rikon Introduces Veggie Peeler Displays

Kuhn Rikon has introduced new point-of-sale merchandise displays for its assortment of veggie peelers, which includes potato, tomato and carrot designs.

Zak Designs Debuts Tilt Mixing Bowl Set

Zak Designs has debuted a 4-piece Tilt mixing bowl set. The bowls are designed to nest within each other while creating a level top surface.

Sea Stones To Present Lazy Susan At Summer Markets

Sea Stones will showcase its rotating Lazy Susan, made from New Hampshire granite, at the summer Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market and the Las Vegas Market.

Yedi To Introduce Quilted Tableware Collection

Yedi Houseware is debuting the Quilted tableware collection this summer at the Atlanta Market and NY Now.

Viterra To Exhibit At Tabletop Luxe Booth In Atlanta

Viterra will exhibit its art glass collections both at a new Tabletop Luxe booth and in its permanent showroom in AmericasMart, Building 2, at the Atlanta Market.

Home Division Boosts Dorel Q1 Performance

Dorel’s home division boosted its overall first quarter performance, although a restructuring charge impacted earnings.

OtterBox Debuts Venture Coolers At Hardware Show

OtterBox is debuting its Venture line of premium rugged coolers at the National Hardware Show.

PackIt Donating To Lymphoma & Leukemia Society

PackIt, known for its gel-lined, freezable lunch bags and totes, will be donating 15% of all sales to the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society through the end of April.

Las Vegas Market Expands Pavilion Resources

The Las Vegas Market is growing its Pavilions resources, with more than 100 new, returning and renewing companies joining its expanding presentation of 500-plus temporary gift and home décor resources.

LIMA Showcases Rising Stars

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association has unveiled its Rising Stars Award winners for 2017.

Kirkland’s Comps Decline In Q1

Kirkland’s pointed to a slow February resulting in a comparable store sales decline in the first quarter. The retailer’s chief financial officer has also resigned.

Ace Hardware Comps Dip In Q1

Ace Hardware reported an increase in net income and a dip in comparable store sales during the first quarter.