By Lisa Johnston
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An expert on major appliances — or majaps as the trade lingo goes — I am not. If a device has a processor, hard drive or is somehow tech-oriented, I'm all over it, but when you are talking ice dispenser and warming drawer I sort of lose focus.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Given the distraction of a multi-billion-dollar merger with a former competitor, Whirlpool unveiled a truncated assortment of new additions to its laundry and kitchen clean-up lines at last month's Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS), held here at McCormick Center.
Among the former was a pair of innovative laundry room accessories: a laundry worksurface and a vertical laundry tower, developed to address the problem of under- or poorly-utilized laundry room space.
Marvel Industries, the Richmond, Ind.-based maker of premium undercounter refrigeration products, presented 10 of its distributors with Arctic Circle Awards for outstanding performance at its national sales meeting, held here during last month's Kitchen/Bath Industry Show.
The awards, created in 1991, were presented by general manager Richard Detrick and sales and marketing director Larry Ferguson to distributors that met or exceeded their target sales goals for the previous year.
Time constraints on consumers, the tendency of families to congregate in the kitchen, and wider adoption of broadband Internet access are helping to prime the pump for smart appliance acceptance.
But high prices, limited household space and consumer technophobia represent considerable barriers to entry, which must be overcome before the connected kitchen becomes commonplace.
Micro-Trim, a 25-year-old supplier of standard and custom trim kits for residential and commercial cooktops and thermal and microwave ovens, is reminding dealers that its color-coated aluminum overlays can serve as a compelling adjunct to traditional majap sales.
With autumn officially off to a start, major appliance vendors are presenting a host of new offerings for the time of year when people head inside to warm up — specifically, in their kitchens.
High-end appliance maker Dacor has introduced a new line of cooktops, the Millennia Electric Glide Cooktops. The elegantly designed line has a 36-inch and 30-inch cooktop — models METB365 and MET304, respectively.