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Frigidaire may have stumbled during its changeover to its new, Department of Energy-sanctioned refrigeration line, but it's more than making up for lost time with the FRS26R4A side-by-side.
A darling of dealers and consumers alike, the R4A manages to pack a full array of high-end features into an attractive package that can be sold at a surprisingly affordable price.
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.
After a strong room air conditioner selling season that cleared warehouses at both the manufacturer and retail levels, suppliers are looking toward Summer 2000 with an array of new AC models that boast improved energy-efficiency ratios (EERs) and enhanced cosmetics.
With new, stricter energy requirements looming for the 2001 season, some room air manufacturers have chosen to make few changes in their lines for next summer.
LOUISVILLE, KY. - Under urging from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), GE has begun offering free repairs on more than 3 million hazardous GE and Hotpoint dishwashers to supplement a year-old recall/rebate program.
Strong demand for room air conditioners and microwave ovens, driven by blistering summer climes, helped send unit shipments of major appliances soaring 19 percent in July.
But the summer scorchers failed to ignite any interest in refrigerators, whose sales traditionally peak in step with the temperature.
Frigidaire remained the country's most advertised refrigerator brand in February, a distinction it has held for 11 of the past 12 months.
That's the word from Beyen Corp. of America, here, which tracks majap and CE ads in more than 100 newspapers across the United States.
Nearly 25 percent of all refrigerator ads culled by Beyen featured Frigidaire-branded products, followed by Kenmore with over 21 percent of ads and Whirlpool with over 11 percent.
Jenn-Air, the high-end Maytag brand, has added a curve to its new line of stainless steel wall ovens. The company hopes the rounded ovens will fit the needs of consumers who seek sleek, stylish appliances that blend into the look of upscale kitchens.
In addition to the curved glass front and stainless steel finish, the ovens feature:
A two-speed convection system;
Production snafus associated with Frigidaire's massive changeover to a new energy-efficient refrigeration platform have cost the company some $60 million in charges on operating income during the first half of the year, according to Swedish corporate parent Electrolux AB.
Frigidaire has begun shipping the first products bearing a combined Frigidaire and Electrolux logo.
The new nameplate, Frigidaire From Electrolux, represents the first North American phase of a global re-branding program begun four years ago by Swedish parent Electrolux Group. The new badge will begin appearing on 22 of the company's high-end Professional Series refrigerators, dishwashers and cooking products in October.