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Electrolux, GE in Talks for GE Majap Business

Electrolux

STOCKHOLM-Electrolux and General Electric are in discussions regarding a possible acquisition of GE’s major appliances business, according to statements from both parties. The Electrolux statement said that, while confirming the talks are taking place, no agreement has been reached yet and “there can be no assurances that an agreement will be reached. Any further announcementsMore »

August Retail Import Volume Projected for Record

Retail Container Imports

WASHINGTON-Import volume at the major U.S. container posts is expected to hit an all-time record this month, as retailers attempt to rush through merchandise for the holiday season in fear of an impasse in the contract talks between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The most recent contract expired onMore »

iRobot Names Stacy to Board

Michelle Stacy

BEDFORD, Mass.-Michelle Stacy, former president of Keurig, has been appointed to the iRobot Corp. board of directors. Stacy—who, along with heading Keurig for five years, served as vice president and general manager of Gillette at Procter & Gamble—was cited in an iRobot statement for her “wealth of experience leading consumer business and building global brands.”More »

Copeland Named to Head Haier Air Quality Business in the Americas

Haier America

NEW YORK-Haier America has appointed Gina Copeland senior vice president of air quality, making her responsible for the company’s home comfort products in the Americas. Copeland’s role is a new position for Haier America. She reports directly to Adrian Micu, president and CEO of Haier America. Haier America’s home comfort products include dehumidifiers and airMore »

Keurig Green Mountain Net Up 33.4 Percent in Q3

Keurig Green Mountain

WATERBURY, Vt.-With sales of the company’s single-cup brewing products continuing to drive growth, Keurig Green Mountain posted net income of $155.2 million, an increase of 33.4 percent, in its fiscal third quarter ending on June 28. Net sales gained 5.7 percent to finish the quarter at $1 billion. Much of the top-line increase came fromMore »

Casabella Signs Agreement with ESSCO

Casabella

CONGERS, N.Y.-Casabella Holdings has signed an exclusive distributorship agreement with ESSCO (Electric Sweeper Service Co.) whereby ESSCO will distribute Casabella products to independent dealers of vacuum cleaners and vacuum dealer parts. “This is an important segment of our business,” said Bruce Kaminstein, Casabella’s CEO. “We chose ESSCO because of their national distribution and commitment toMore »

Braun Tabs Seahawks’ Wilson as Spokesman

Russell Wilson

CINCINNATI-Russell Wilson, quarterback for the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, has become the U.S. spokesman for Procter & Gamble’s Braun brand for its new branding campaign. The campaign, titled #FaceGreatness with Braun Confidence, will include print and television advertisements, digital video, social marketing and new brand packaging. It was developed, according to a Braun statement,More »

NPD: Sales of Women’s Grooming Products Up

NPD Group

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.-More women’s grooming appliances, such as electric shavers and other hair-removal products, have been sold over the 12 months between July 2013 and June of this year than in the previous two years, according to new research from The NPD Group. In particular, women’s electric shavers posted a unit sales increase of 22More »