By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LAS VEGAS – BSH Home Appliances introduced a completely redesigned kitchen line of cooking, ventilation and refrigeration products at Design & Construction week that provide European aesthetics, flush installation and other luxury features for the mass premium market.
LAS VEGAS – LG Electronics is showcasing its broad portfolio of products here during Design & Construction Week as the exclusive majap provider for sections of the Show Village, a flagship exhibit displaying unique model homes and products in a lifestyle setting.
LG is supplying appliances, home entertainment and energy solutions for the Ultimate Kitchen and Fire Island home areas of the exhibit, aimed at attending builders, architects and kitchen designers.
LAS VEGAS – Electrolux will make a big splash tomorrow with its return to the 2014 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (KBIS), unveiling a new dishwasher and induction cooktop.
The company, which has not had a presence at the show since 2008, will also exhibit three new products in its Frigidaire line, a Gallery dishwasher, a Gallery 30-inch double electric wall oven and a new freezer.
LAS VEGAS – Viking has introduced three models into its Professional line of refrigerators and ranges at this week’s Design & Construction Week, here.
The ultra-premium Viking 7-series ranges feature the company’s 23,000 Btu Elevation Burners with brass flame ports brought over from Viking’s commercial product line.
Other features include a convection oven, greasemanagement system, ViChrome griddle, LED lighting, easy-close doors and slide-out racks.