April Majap Shipments Plunge 22%

April Majap Shipments Plunge 22%

By Alan Wolf On May 23 2011 - 4:01am




WASHINGTON — Factory shipments of major appliances took a nosedive in April, falling 21.6 percent against tough year-over-year comparisons.

Wholesale unit volume, as reported by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), was stymied by last year’s 12.4 gain, when retail sales were goosed by $300 million in federal stimulus rebates.

Shipments were also impacted by the prior-month’s purchases, when volume rose 11 percent as retailers bought in before an expected round of price hikes in April.

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Bertazzoni Launches Built-In Line

Bertazzoni Launches Built-In Line

By Alan Wolf On May 23 2011 - 4:01am




REGGIO EMILIA, ITALY – Bertazzoni, the 129 year-old family-owned Italian manufacturer of super premium cooking majaps, has launched a new built-in oven, cooktop and ventilation line that combines elegant design, precise performance and state-of-the-art controls, the company said.

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Walmart Expands Test Of In-Store Majap Shops

Walmart Expands Test Of In-Store Majap Shops

By Alan Wolf On Jun 6 2011 - 4:01am




DALLAS – Walmart is expanding its test of instore GE appliance shops to upwards of 26 discount supercenters by July.

The shops, dubbed The Appliance Market at Walmart, were initially installed in three Texas locations and are being rolled out to Walmart stores throughout the Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth markets.

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By TWICE Staff On Jun 6 2011 - 4:01am




Dacor Launches Design Partner Program

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LG Shows Its First Built-In Refrigerator

LG Shows Its First Built-In Refrigerator

By Alan Wolf On Jul 5 2011 - 4:01am




LOS ANGELES — LG Electronics has introduced its first built-in refrigerator.

LG said the 26.5-cubic-foot sideby- side has the largest capacity of any refrigerator in its class and will become the flagship of its premium Studio series of high-end refrigerators, ranges, wall ovens, warming drawers, cooktops, hoods, microwave ovens, dishwashers and laundry products.

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Kmart Cuts Majap Staff, Updates POS Systems

Kmart Cuts Majap Staff, Updates POS Systems

By Alan Wolf On Jul 5 2011 - 4:01am




HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILL. — Kmart will no longer staff its appliance departments with dedicated sales associates.

The Sears Holdings division pink-slipped about 700 appliance employees at some 225 Kmart stores in June, and instead will cross-train remaining store staff on appliances. Customers can also call a 1-800 number, which will be affixed to each appliance model, for additional assistance if needed.

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GE, Best Buy Partner On Energy Management

GE, Best Buy Partner On Energy Management

By TWICE Staff On Jul 5 2011 - 4:01am




LOUISVILLE, KY. — GE and Best Buy are collaborating on a series of energy-management systems and products for the home.

Beginning early next year in select stores, Best Buy will begin selling GE’s first smart appliances, which can vary their operation based on real-time electricity costs, and the manufacturer’s Nucleus Energy Manager, a $149 communication and data-storage device that provides consumers with information about their household electricity use and costs.

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Electrolux Names New North America CEO

Electrolux Names New North America CEO

By Alan Wolf On Jul 18 2011 - 4:01am




CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Electrolux has tapped a 3M executive, Jack Truong, to succeed Kevin Scott as president/ CEO of Electrolux Major Appliances North America.

Truong, a 22-year veteran of 3M, most recently served as VP/general manager of that company’s global construction and home-improvement division. He assumes his new role on Aug. 1, which includes membership on Electrolux’s senior management team as corporate executive VP reporting to Electrolux president/CEO Keith McLoughlin.

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BSH Launching Landmark Dishwasher, Steam Range

BSH Launching Landmark Dishwasher, Steam Range

By Alan Wolf On Jul 18 2011 - 4:01am




HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. – BSH Home Appliances is having a busy summer with the August rollouts of a breakthrough dishwasher and steam range.

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K/BIS A No-Show For Majap Makers

K/BIS A No-Show For Majap Makers

By Alan Wolf On Apr 18 2011 - 4:01am




LAS VEGAS — The major appliance trade has largely taken a pass on this month’s Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (K/BIS).

Once the premier showcase for white-goods makers, the event has steadily lost majap industry support over the last four years as high costs, low attendance and competitive venues took their toll.

This month’s roster of majap exhibitors has dwindled to 12, led by Dacor, a California maker of premium kitchen appliances, and Equator, a Texas company known for its compact laundry and kitchen products.

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