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.

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.

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.

Full Circle Debuts Brumi Pour Over Coffee Travel Bottle

Full Circle has debuted Brumi, a hot/cold pour over brew glass travel bottle. The Brumi design allows consumers to make and take both hot and cold brew coffee on-the-go, stated the company.

Peugeot Debuts Fidji Salt And Pepper Mills

Peugeot has debuted its Fidji salt and pepper mills. According to the company, the mills are made of rare olive wood from responsibly managed European groves.

Viking, Clipper Join Forces On New Gordon Ramsay Show

Viking and Clipper Corp. will be providing the cooking equipment for Gordon Ramsay’s new cooking show, “The F Word With Gordon Ramsay.”

Groupe SEB Launches Lagostina Nera Cookware Line

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

Peugeot Debuts Fidji Salt And Pepper Mills

Peugeot has debuted its Fidji salt and pepper mills. According to the company, the mills are made of rare olive wood from responsibly managed European groves.

Oxo Introduces Glass Pour Over Coffee Maker Set

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

Kyocera Debuts Ceramic Coated Travel Mugs

Kyocera has debuted a ceramic coated travel mug, featuring a flavor-saving ceramic coated interior which is said to never impart a metallic taste, or rust or stain, according to the company.

Zak Designs Expands Beauty And The Beast Tableware Collection

Zak Designs has added dinnerware and drinkware to its Disney licensed “Beauty and the Beast” collection, in celebration of the live action movie’s release on DVD.

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.

InterDesign Appoints Quinn CEO

InterDesign has appointed Chris Quinn as CEO. He is an executive with 28 years of experience developing organization, businesses and brands, according to the company.

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.

Dallas Market Center Appoints Johnson VP/Trade Shows

The Dallas Market Center has appointed Kristina Johnson vp/trade shows, effective July 5. Johnson will be responsible for the strategic planning, merchandising, and leasing for the temporary exhibits at the Dallas Total Home & Gift Markets.

Swan To Podcast Summer Las Vegas Market

The Las Vegas Market has partnered with James Swan, host of the “Million Dollar Decorating” podcast, to produce “Market Buzz” daily programming from the summer market, to be held July 30 to August 3.

Dallas Market Names Winners Of Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards

The Dallas Market Center has named the winners of the eighth annual Dallas Gourmet Gold Specialty Food Awards.

Euclid Analytics: Shoppers Not Ready For Technology To Take Over Stores

Euclid Analytics, in its “Evolution of Retail, 2017 Men vs. Women Shopper Report,” asserted that, although gender-based differences in mobile engagement exist, both men and women demonstrate a lack of enthusiasm for a store run solely by technology.

Lamps Plus Rolls Out Canadian Site

Lamps Plus has expanded operations into Canada with the launch of LampsPlus.ca. The new site has been optimized for e-commerce via desktop, tablet and mobile and was specifically designed to provide a localized experience in the country.