has begun shipping the Renaissance line of 30-inch single and double wall ovens, representing its eighth generation of cooking products. The new models offer 4.8-cubic-foot cavities, seven rack positions, six cooking modes and touchscreen controls. Suggested retails are $2,999 for the single and $4,999 for the double units
will receive the 2011 Brand Chief Award for Retail Marketing Excellence by the Point of Purchase Advertising Institute (POPAI) at a Dec. 8 ceremony in Chicago for its “prowess and confidence about the power of in-store marketing.” LG is also finishing up a five-city “Greener Living” farmers market tour with Good Housekeeping this week in Los Angeles that features the company’s 31-cubic-foot, super-efficient French-door fridge
... The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM)
is offering a report, “Trends in Energy Efficiency 1989-2010,” that tracks average capacity, energy efficiency and consumption trends in clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers and room air conditioners. The report is available for $75 at
may be looking to license Kenmore. According to a Bloomberg report, the retailer plans to hire a firm that would license the appliance brand, along with its in-house Craftsmen and DieHard badges, to third parties in exchange for a fee. Licensing its lines represents a new twist for the company, which has long-sought to sell its privatelabel products directly to competing merchants. Sears currently sells its Craftsmen tools to Ace Hardware and, according to The Wall Street Journal, may soon sell Kenmore appliances to Costco.