Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City: Keeping it Local
August 1, 2014

The industry’s accolades continue to pile on for Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City, a Jackson, Miss.-based 12-store family-run regional chain that was started in 1952 as a lumberyard by Con Maloney—one of this year’s CEA Hall of Fame honorees. The business is currently run by his sons, Con, Eddie and Johnny, from a Jackson facility that is a combination office, warehouse and showroom.

Former Zenith Exec Sidney Arlen Dies at 91
April 15, 2014

Sidney Arlen, former president/general manager of Zenith Distributing Corporation of Southern California from 1982 to 1991, died in Cleveland on April 6. He was 91-years-old. 

Whirlpool to Expand Ohio Facility
March 16, 2014

Whirlpool on Friday announced plans to expand its small appliance production facility in Greenville, Ohio, adding 400 jobs in the next four years. 

Counter Offensives
October 16, 2013

There is a lot more to do at the checkout counter than just checking out.
It’s where everyone making a purchase absolutely has to stop before exiting the store.That forced pause affords CE and appliance dealers a final, ready-made opportunity to engage, present and even cajole an extra question or two about a product from a paying customer who’s already on the hook.  And if that area is merchandised just right, time spent by a customer there can lead to some of the highest ticket and highest margin sales in the store.

Starpower To Open New Dallas Showroom
September 16, 2013

Starpower Home Entertainment Systems will open a new flagship showroom in North Dallas later this week, with grand opening activities taking place for the entire month of September.

Love Your KitchenAid? Inside the American Housewares Craze
March 19, 2013

$2,000 to make coffee? $800 to boil rice? In any color you'd like! Inside the American housewares craze.

The Kenwood Cooking Chef looks sort of like a cross between a stand mixer and a movie robot. It can chop, slice, shred, mix, and even cook your food-a gadget surprisingly close to one of those household helpers the Jetsons schooled us all to expect in the future. At the International Housewares Show in Chicago last week, the little fella had an exhibit space to itself, prime real estate in the center of the kitchen

KitchenAid Toaster Raises and Lowers the Bar (In a Good Way)
October 16, 2012

Toasters often get overlooked in the kitchen. Counter space, being the limited creature that it is, has room for only so many appliances. While this may bode well for strong multitaskers like toaster ovens, regular toasters often get left out in the cold. (Or at least left in the back of the cupboard.)

The KitchenAid Pro Line Toaster ($299) aims to elevate the once-grand appliance back out from under the counter. Sensing that there is only one direction to go but up, the toaster rises to new heights by incorporating a motorized

Company Apologizes for Tweet About Obama's Grandmother
October 4, 2012

Another company learns the pitfalls of social media. The appliance seller KitchenAid has apologized for an "irresponsible tweet" about President Obama's late grandmother, whom he invoked during Wednesday night's debate in a discussion about Social Security and Medicare.

Deploying Twitter-speak, KitchenAid sent this message: "Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! 'She died 3 days b4 he became president."

Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, who helped raise the future president, died the same week as the 2008 election.