Majaps Reach Critical Mass At ADHDS Show

Alan Wolf On Apr 7 2014 - 12:00am

Majaps Reach Critical Mass At ADHDS Show

 

NEW YORK – Super-premium refrigeration and cooking vendors flocked to the 13th Annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show (ADHDS) here last month, and dealers, decorators, designers and consumers were in hot pursuit.

The four-day trade and public event, held at Manhattan’s Pier 94, mostly features luxury furniture, accessories, lighting, kitchen and bath products. But this year the white-goods contingent nearly doubled to some 16 exhibitors, turning the event into a “Kitchen/ Bath Industry Show East” of sorts.

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BrandSource Says Its Majaps Sales Will Outpace Industry

Steve Smith On Apr 7 2014 - 12:00am

BrandSource Says Its Majaps Sales Will Outpace Industry

 

ORLANDO, FLA. — BrandSource outpaced major appliance industry growth last year, and should continue to do so as it overcomes sluggish first-quarter sales due to bad winter weather.

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Nationwide Seeks New CE Opportunities While Furniture Fuels Growth

Alan Wolf On Mar 17 2014 - 12:00am

Nationwide Seeks New CE Opportunities While Furniture Fuels Growth

 

LAS VEGAS – The Nationwide Marketing Group is adding new fuel to its CE business, which continues to outpace the industry, and to its highly profitable furniture division, which executives said is on fire.

Electronics senior VP Tom Hickman said Nationwide’s CE sales were up last year in both unit and dollar volume compared with a flat industry, due partly to the additions of electronics-focused dealers like MicroCenter, Paul’s TV and Vann’s. CE comprises 25 percent of group volume.

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Major Appliance Industry Looks To Recoup Its Lost Winter

Alan Wolf On Mar 17 2014 - 12:00am

Major Appliance Industry Looks To Recoup Its Lost Winter

 

LAS VEGAS — No one is looking forward to spring more than the major appliance industry.

A combination of severe winter weather and a series of New Year vendor price hikes — which pulled orders forward into December — led to a bruising 6.1 percent decline in majap shipments in January and February following a banner 2013.

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Haier AC Wins Apple OK

Alan Wolf On Feb 17 2014 - 1:00am

Haier AC Wins Apple OK

 

NEW YORK – Haier’s Wi-Fi-connected Tianzun air conditioner has become the first major appliance to receive quality and compatibility certification from Apple.

The AC, which also operates as a room heater and air purifier, passed muster under Apple’s stringent MFi authorization program for third-party hardware. Usually reserved for CE accessories like connectors, docks and chargers, MFi sets rigorous performance standards for a product’s design, quality, compatibility and ease of set up.

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Majap Snapshot: Refrigerator Ad Recap

Alan Wolf On Feb 17 2014 - 1:00am

Majap Snapshot: Refrigerator Ad Recap

 

SAN DIEGO – Following a soft first quarter and a slight dip in Q4, refrigerator print ad placements held steady across most of 2013, TWICE market research partner Gap Intelligence reports.

Based on a survey of eight leading majap chains across seven large and midsized markets, hhgregg was the top-ranking retailer for refrigerator ad volume in the fourth quarter, although its placements were down 12 percent from the prior quarter, and Best Buy and Conn’s showed the largest increases.

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GE, Viking Offer Cooking Connectivity

Joseph Palenchar and Alan Wolf On Feb 17 2014 - 1:00am

GE, Viking Offer Cooking Connectivity

 

NEW YORK — GE Appliances and Viking Range are among the latest majap makers to add or enhance wireless control within their cooking lines.

For the former, a new GE Brillion mobile app release will allow current owners of its connected GE Profile wall ovens (models PT9550, PK7500, PT9050 and PK7000) to preheat, set the timer, check cooking status, and receive timely notifications over their smartphones.

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Viking Buys Major Majap Distributor

Alan Wolf On Feb 3 2014 - 1:00am

Viking Buys Major Majap Distributor

 

GREENWOOD, MISS. – Viking Range has acquired Hadco, its largest independent distributor.

Viking has been buying up its distribution network for the past year and taking it in-house under a strategy formulated by The Middleby Corp., a manufacturer of commercial kitchen appliances that acquired Viking one year ago.

Hadco, in business for more than half a century, supplies in excess of 500 dealers in 21 Southeast, Mid- Atlantic and New England states with such premium brands as Asko, Electrolux, Faber, LG, Perlick, U-Line and Zephyr.

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Whirlpool Ends ITC Fridge Fracas

Alan Wolf On Feb 3 2014 - 1:00am

Whirlpool Ends ITC Fridge Fracas

 

BENTON HARBOR, MICH. – Whirlpool said it won’t pursue a three-year-old dumping case against offshore majap makers despite winning a favorable court ruling last month.

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Maytag Man 5.0 Debuts

Doug Olenick On Feb 3 2014 - 1:00am

Maytag Man 5.0 Debuts

 

BENTON HARBOR, MICH. — Maytag introduced the fifth generation of its iconic Maytag repairman, but the character has a new twist.

Instead of playing the bored repairman waiting for an appliance to break down, he is literally the machine itself. The new ad program has the actor sitting under the counter, “being” the oven or dishwasher.

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