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Dial Up: Smart Washing Machines and Customisable Laundry Settings

by October 27th, 2016

There were 219 million households registered in the EU28 in 2015, with almost a 96% possession rate for automatic washing machines, which equated to an operational machine population of some 209 million units in 2015. Laundry appliances’ purchasing drivers are multiple and although price will remain one of the most powerful, consumers have, it appears, […]

Persil Unites with Zip Jet: Big Data at Stake behind the On-Demand Laundry App

by October 4th, 2016

Following the somewhat surprising acquisition of Dollar Shave Club for US$1 billion at the end of July 2016, Unilever has followed by announcing a three-month partnership with Persil and Zip Jet, an on-demand laundry app service provider. The start-up began in London in 2014 and soon expanded to Berlin, Paris and Dublin, recording some 50,000 […]

Sustainability and Versatility Drive Homewares Material Innovation

by October 1st, 2016

In 2015, homewares recorded US$77 billion in retail value sales globally, accounting for 8% of total home and garden retail value sales. Asia Pacific accounted for the largest share of homewares revenue, at 34% of overall sales, closely followed by Western Europe with 31%. The highest expenditure in homewares per household is recorded in Switzerland […]

Challenges Ahead for the Home Improvement Industry

by , , and June 9th, 2016

  Home Improvement is second only to home furnishings in the Home and Garden category in terms of value sales. The industry grew by just under 2% globally in 2015 despite a significant decline in Russia, one of the top 5 markets in Europe. Despite this growth, the industry faces many challenges in the mature […]