Panel: Smart Home Kitchen Appliances Offer Potential, Challenges

A panel discussion held in partnership by the Smart Kitchen Summit and Samsung in New York City offered perspective on today’s smart home technology for the kitchen, including the consumer preferences it is meant to support and the challenges it creates.

Bitzer Named New Whirlpool CEO

After 13 years at the helm of Whirlpool Corporation, Jeff Fettig is stepping down as CEO and will be replaced by Marc Bitzer, the company’s current president and chief operating officer.

Nokia Completes Withings Transition, Focuses On Digital Health

Nokia has officially completed the transition of digital health products from Withings, which have all been rebranded under the Nokia name. The company acquired Withings in 2016 for an estimated $191 million.

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.

Friedrich Provides Cooling For Homeless Housing

Friedrich has partnered with its Rochester distributor, Johnstone Supply, to provide its Chill room air conditioners for 11 homes owned and managed by Tempro, a Rochester-based nonprofit organization that builds housing for homeless families.

Kenmore Rolls Out Connected Air Conditioners

Kenmore has launched the Kenmore Elite Smart Room Air Conditioners line, allowing users to adjust home temperatures from a mobile device using the brand’s mobile app.

Panel: Smart Home Kitchen Appliances Offer Potential, Challenges

A panel discussion held in partnership by the Smart Kitchen Summit and Samsung in New York City offered perspective on today’s smart home technology for the kitchen, including the consumer preferences it is meant to support and the challenges it creates.

Bitzer Named New Whirlpool CEO

After 13 years at the helm of Whirlpool Corporation, Jeff Fettig is stepping down as CEO and will be replaced by Marc Bitzer, the company’s current president and chief operating officer.

Anova Debuts App-Enabled Sous Vide Cooker

Anova has launched its new Precision Cooker Nano, an app-enabled sous vide unit that the company touts as being the most affordable, lab-grade connected cooking device on the market.

LG Taps The Jetsons In Smart Home Appliance Showcase

LG Electronics has launched an informative online video featuring “The Jetsons,” aimed at showcasing the company’s present and future line of connected home appliances powered by its LG SmartThinQ technology.

Electrolux Rolls Out Pet Focused Vacuum

Electrolux has rolled out a pet-focused, 2-in-1 cordless vacuum cleaner, the Ergorapido PetCare.

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.

Oxo Introduces Glass Pour Over Coffee Maker Set

Oxo has introduced its new Good Grips glass pour over coffee maker set.

Microplane Master Series Graters Win Red Dot Design Award

Microplane’s Master Series graters have won a 2017 Red Dot award for product design excellence.

Groupe SEB Launches Lagostina Nera Cookware Line

Groupe SEB has launched the Lagostina Nera collection of hard anodized cookware.

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.

Microplane Master Series Graters Win Red Dot Design Award

Microplane’s Master Series graters have won a 2017 Red Dot award for product design excellence.

Kyocera Debuts Electric Salt & Pepper Mill

Kyocera has debuted an electric salt and pepper mill, which features an advanced ceramic burr grinder mechanism that adjusts from fine to coarse.

Revol Adds To Color Lab Tableware Collection

Revol will introduce the latest colors for its Color Lab tableware collection at the upcoming NY Now market. The summer session of NY Now is scheduled to be held August 20 to 23 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

Fiskars Appoints Tuominen President And CEO

Fiskars Corporation has appointed Jaana Tuominen president and CEO, effective at the latest, January 1, 2018.

Genius Brands Sets Licensing Deal With Jay Franco

Genius Brands International, a media company that creates, produces and licenses children’s entertainment content, has added licenses for its upcoming animated preschool series “Rainbow Rangers,” including Jay Franco for bedding and home décor.

West Elm Expands Workspace Assortment

West Elm has expanded its Workspace office furniture assortment.

Libman Kicks Off Second Annual Retail Tour

The Libman Company is taking to the highway for a second straight year with its “Embrace Life’s Messes” tour that will travel to 171 retail locations in over 20 U.S. cities this summer.

Better Living Products Introduces Toilet Squeegee

Better Living Products has introduced the Looeegee Hygienic Toilet Squeegee, which is said to offer a more hygienic clean while removing stains with less scrubbing.

PackIt Debuts Bento Box Set

PackIt has debuted a new freezable Bento Box set, complete with a reusable three-compartment container.

NY Now Opens Exhibitor Submissions For Curated Displays

NY Now is now accepting applications for its sustainability: design for a better world and destination: new product displays. Deadline for exhibitors to submit is July 7.

Las Vegas Market Adds, Expands Exhibition Space

Summer Las Vegas Market exhibitors have committed to more than 300,000 square feet of new, expanded and renewed showroom space, according to International Market Centers.

Dollar General Appoints Wenkoff Chief Information Officer

Dollar General has appointed Carman Wenkoff as evp/chief information officer, effective July 10.

eBay Launches Price Match Initiative

With online retail competition becoming ever sharper, eBay is making a move to grab the attention of digital shoppers with a price match guarantee.