Amidst all of the robot kittens, video gaming accessories, home surveillance systems and flying taxis debuting at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES), manufacturers featured a range of products specifically designed to strengthen the connection between smart home appliances and consumer lifestyle needs, including developments in the kitchen, personal care, wellness and cleaning categories.
Among the early highlights of the National Retail Federation Big Show in New York, former Target, Apple and J.C. Penney executive Ron Johnson discussed how his new company, Enjoy, is helping to make electronics, including smartphones and, potentially, smart home products, more user friendly by providing a helping hand in setting them up, right in consumer homes.
iRobot is partnering with IFTTT, the integration and discovery platform, to enable new embedded smart home integrations. The companies will work to let customers more easily integrate devices and services, like smart thermostats, lighting and home security, directly within the iRobot Home app.
A new advertising campaign from Bed Bath & Beyond is taking a multifaceted approach to positioning itself as the home retailer who can help address an acute lifestyle issue: getting enough sleep.
In its approach to Black Friday week, Amazon is going large and then some, with new bargains popping up constantly, more Deals of the Day and deeper discounts than ever before, the company said.
When the housewares industry meets in Chicago next March for The Inspired Home Show, exhibitors and attendees will find not just a new name but new displays and new locations for many show destinations.
The 2019 International Home + Housewares Show is sold out with more than 2,200 exhibitors, according to the International Housewares Association. The show begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 2 and closes at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5.