Whirlpool, Honeywell Collaborate On Smart Home

Whirlpool Corporation is expanding its smart home appliance ecosystem this year with a collaboration with Honeywell. Consumers will now be able to connect smart appliances from Whirlpool Corporation to Honeywell’s line of connected thermostats.

Samsung Launches IoT-Connected Pop-Up Shops

Samsung has debuted a pop-up store concept in an effort to provide retailers with a platform to create an in-store solution that allows for data collection and analysis of shopper behavior, company officials said.

Bodyfriend Releases Smart Massage Chair

Bodyfriend, a health and wellness technology company, has released the Rex-L Plus smart massage chair. The massage chair features smart functionalities, massage technology and a futuristic design, the company said.

Volo Beauty Unveils Cordless Hair Dryer At CES

Volo Beauty, a beauty tech startup focused on creating innovative hair technology, debuted its first product, the Volo Go Cordless hair dryer, at CES in Las Vegas.

Whirlpool, Honeywell Collaborate On Smart Home

Whirlpool Corporation is expanding its smart home appliance ecosystem this year with a collaboration with Honeywell. Consumers will now be able to connect smart appliances from Whirlpool Corporation to Honeywell’s line of connected thermostats.

Haier Unveils One-Stop Smart Home Solutions At CES

In an effort to overcome current barriers to smart home adoption, Haier displayed complete, one-stop smart home solutions at CES in Las Vegas.

Health & Home, Housewares Drive Helen Of Troy Sales Growth

Helen of Troy has reported overall sales growth of 2.6% in the third quarter ended November 30, 2017, led by its Housewares and Home & Health segments.

Cat Cora To Team With Gourmia At CES

Celebrity chef Cat Cora is teaming up with housewares supplier Gourmia at the upcoming CES 2018 in Las Vegas where she will be cooking with several of the company’s new kitchen electrics.

Spectrum Brands Eyes Sale Of Appliance Business

Spectrum Brands is exploring “strategic options” for its Global Batteries & Appliances division with the intention to sell the business unit during 2018.

LG Launches ThinQ Brand To Highlight AI Initiatives

LG Electronics has created the ThinQ brand to identify its 2018 home appliances, consumer electronics and services that utilize artificial intelligence (AI).

iRobot, Black & Decker Reach Patent Agreement

iRobot Corp. said it has reached a confidential agreement with Black & Decker regarding a patent infringement suit. In April, the company took legal action against five floor care suppliers, claiming that each of the companies had used its patented technology without permission. 

ODI Adds To Barware Collection

Old Dutch International (ODI) introduced several barware items at the recent Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, held at AmericasMart.

Le Creuset To Debut Sorbet Collection

Le Creuset gave retailers at the recent Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market a sneak peek of its new Sorbet Collection. The official launch is slated for May 2018, the company said.

Ototo Design Debuts Winter 2018 Kitchenware Collection

Ototo Design has introduced its Winter 2018 collection of kitchenware. Included in the line is the Octo Citrus Reamer; Jungle Spoon…

Le Creuset To Debut Sorbet Collection

Le Creuset gave retailers at the recent Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market a sneak peek of its new Sorbet Collection. The official launch is slated for May 2018, the company said.

Loring Retires As President Of Meyer

Mitchell Loring, president of Meyer Corporation, U.S., has retired, effective immediately.

Maurer Named President Of The Cookware Company Americas

Jacob Maurer, formerly the svp/merchandising and gmm at Sur La Table, has been named president of The Cookware Company Americas.

ODI Adds To Barware Collection

Old Dutch International (ODI) introduced several barware items at the recent Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, held at AmericasMart.

Fusionbrands Debuts New Kitchenware In Atlanta

Fusionbrands has debuted the Citrus Squeeze and SpinOut Strainer at the Atlanta Market.

Typhoon Introduces Modern Kitchen Collection

Typhoon has introduced the Modern Kitchen collection of housewares. The new collection features storage canisters, serving boards and utensils in hexagonal shapes with accents of gold.

Vista Alegre Receives Three Good Design Awards

Vista Alegre has received three Good Design awards for its Lavish collection, Gazelle decanter and Poison bottle.

Homer Laughlin Expands Fiesta Skull And Vine Collection

Homer Laughlin has expanded its Fiesta Skull and Vine collection to include Skull and Vine Sugar. The new line features a colorful take on the Day Of The Dead inspired design set against a white ceramic background, and was unveiled at the Atlanta Market.

Schylling Acquires Lava Brand

The Lava brand has found a new home, although one that’s already somewhat familiar. Schylling, a toy and gift designer, manufacturer and distributor, has acquired Lava’s brand assets from parent Lifespan Brands.

Twin-Star To Unveil New Brand Identity, Collections With Designer Jena Hall

As it displays fresh furniture products, Twin-Star International will unveil its new company brand and logo at the winter Las Vegas Market, running January 28 to February 1.

Sauder Call Center Wins Excellence Award

For the 13th consecutive year, Sauder Woodworking Co. has received a Center of Excellence certification for its customer support contact center.

French Bull To Debut New Lunch Bags At Atlanta Market

French Bull will debut its Chill and Slim collections of lunch bags at the upcoming Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market. The market is scheduled to be held January 9 to 16 at AmericasMart.

Polder Wins Four Good Design Awards

Polder Products has received four 2017 Good Design Awards for some of the company’s recent home organization introductions.

Rubbermaid Extends Brilliance Food Storage Line Into Pantry

Rubbermaid, a division of Newell Brands, has extended its Brilliance food storage line into pantry storage. 

Las Vegas Expands Discoveries Marketplace

This winter, as part of its expanded Pavilions showcase, Las Vegas Market will incorporate a comprehensive collection of temporary exhibitors providing vintage, antique and one-of-a-kind merchandise in Discoveries: The Antique Vintage Marketplace.

Las Vegas Market Grows Temporary Gift, Home Exhibitors

More than 500 gift and home décor suppliers will be showcased in seven categories during the Winter 2018 Las Vegas Market, to be held January 28 to February 1.

Dallas Market Center Names Gourmet Gold Judging Panel

The Dallas Market Center has named its panel of judges for the Gourmet Gold Housewares Awards, to be held during the Dallas Total Housewares & Gourmet Market, January 17 to 23.

Albertsons Names Morris EVP/COO

Albertsons has named Susan Morris as the company’s new executive VP and chief operations officer. She will oversee the company’s supply chain, manufacturing and operations functions.

Ikea Expanding NYC Fulfillment Capacity

Ikea has leased additional warehouse space in New York City to serve as a customer fulfillment center. The new space will complement its network of seven regional distribution centers currently supporting its 47 stores in the United States.

FlexShopper Touts Strong December Results

FlexShopper, a national online lease-to-own retailer and LTO payment solution provider, has announced record year-over-year lease origination growth in December 2017, with gross lease originations increasing 27.5% to 25,140 from the month last year.