Not long ago, Dealerscope did its own deep dive into how the appliances industry is being innovated—both from a retailing perspective as well as an actual hardware and product perspective. And more recently, we uncovered some data that showed more and more consumers are willing to do their home product shopping—including for major home appliances—online. But what are retailers actually seeing?
The easiest way for us to answer that question is to talk to some of the folks in the industry who hear from the solid majority of appliance retailers out there—buying groups. And that's just what we did. So, for an update on all things appliances, we turned to the people we know at BrandSource, Nationwide Marketing Group, and NATM Buying Corp., for an inside scoop on what they and their members are seeing out of the appliances market.
Dealerscope: Some retailers are reporting that they are already feeling the effects of the Trump tariffs on the cost of appliances. Are you hearing the same things from your members? At what point do you see dealers passing along the added expenses to consumers?