The 2000 Housewares Show - Translucent Niches
January 1, 2000

By Janet Pinkerton Form will meet function at the 2000 International Housewares Show set for January 16-19 in Chicago. The iMac effect has hit even here—with more translucent colors, but in richer colors. Niche markets keep springing up—with planned introductions of compact microwave ovens, countertop glassware dishwashers and wine coolers bound for the mainstream. Here's a company-by-company preview of expected Housewares Show announcements. Avanti will take advantage of its larger Housewares Show booth to display its merchandising, in addition to its Teba convection ovens and new defroster compact refrigerators, including two-door models and a single-door model, and also wine coolers ranging in price

Appliance Space Savers
October 1, 1999

Just as there are major appliance manufacturers that cater to the cook looking for the 60-inch range, several companies have a strong focus on space-saving and convenient appliances for the urban-dweller, dorm-liver or the all-around space conserver. According to Monica McKane, account manager, major appliances, for NPD Intelect Market Tracking, there is growth to support the emphasis on the small appliance category. Sales of compact refrigerators from January through the end of August 1999 increased 15.3 percent over the same period of 1998; counter-top microwave ovens with a 0.7 cubic foot capacity or smaller sold 23.2 percent more over the same period; and washing machines with

Affordable Appliances for Dorm Living
May 1, 1999

By Janet Pinkerton Some of us remember making fudge or melting nacho cheese on the dorm radiator. Luckily, thanks to compact, affordable appliances, there are better ways for students to survive dorm living. Last year saw the advent of the compact microwave oven: first GE Appliances' Mike and later Samsung's "Junior" microwave oven. GE Appliances' Mike, featuring a 0.3-cubic-foot cooking capacity and 500 watts of cooking power, weighed only 29 pounds and stood 13 inches tall, 11 inches wide. But after a mid-1998 introduction, GE discontinued retail distribution and now sells Mike only through the GE Answer Center at (800) 626-2000 for $89.99 plus $10 shipping and

The Top 50 Lead-Generating Products
July 1, 1998

The Retailer's Choice at Mid-Season The Top 50 Lead-Generating Products appearing in Dealerscope Consumer Electronics Marketplace: Oct. 1997 - March 1998 1. FreeTalk Personal Radio (Advertisement) Kenwood Communications Corp. 2. ViaTV Videophones (Advertisement) 8X8, Inc. 3. Equator Ventless Washer-Dryer Combo (Advertisement) Equator Corp. 4. Trinitron Television (Advertisement) Sony Electronics, Inc. 5. Fedco Computer Battery Catalog (Advertisement) Fedco Electronics, Inc. 6. 61" Proscan HDTV Thomson Consumer Electronics 7. Sanyo Energy Single Source Batteries (Advertisement) Sanyo Energy Corp. 8. 1998 Sony Videoscope Television (Advertisement) Sony Electronics, Inc. 9. Dishguard 18" Satellite Protection System (Advertisement) Dishguard 10. GR-DVX Camcorder (Advertisement) (Replacement Model--GR-DVL 9000) JVC Corp. of America 11. Beepwear Watch Beepwear Paging Products (Formerly MTX Paging Products, LLC) 12. Panasonic Palm Theater DVD (Advertisement) Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. 13. GeoBook (Advertisement) Brother International Corp. TIE: 14-15. Neptune Super Stack Washer/Dryer Maytag Corp., Inc. TIE: 14-15. Thomson Digital Products Launch (Advertisement) Thomson/RCA

Time, Health & Smart Looks - Catering to the '90s Lifestyle
June 1, 1998

By Jamie Latshaw The '80s had its Lexus. The '90s has its Neptune. Major appliances have become the style statements of the '90s. Who would have thought horizontal-axis washers would become cocktail conversation pieces? In this new aesthetic, avocado green and harvest gold appliances are long gone. Stainless and rich enamel red, green, blue and "biscuit" appliances are in. But consumers are demanding more than just pretty boxes. Time- and energy-saving performance features and quiet operation have become the new selling points. This trend extends up and down the financial scale. The look that was once unattainable on a limited budget has "grown beyond what appliance manufacturers thought