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Connected Appliances Should Address Consumers’ Need – Part I: Development Strategy

by May 10th, 2016

  The lack of common standards among manufacturers is making it difficult for consumers to operate smart appliances at home. For example, some smart appliances voice control functions cannot accurately recognize accents. The development of too many features is also driving up the price of connected appliances. In the future, manufacturers should follow a modular […]

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Industry and Consumer Trends Surrounding Spring in Japan

by , , , , and April 10th, 2016

  Springtime in Japan is marked by Hanami, or flower-viewing parties in Japan. It also marks an important time of year for Japanese manufacturers, consumers and industries. Learn more about how tourism, travel, beverages, foods, beauty, fashion, home appliances, technology, and Japan’s economy itself are impacted by springtime in the country. Watch on YouTube

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Trends in Appliances, Cookware and Homewares from the International Home and Housewares Show 2016

by and March 17th, 2016

  The desire to develop cooking skills and to entertain is a large trend that was apparent at the International Home and Housewares show 2016. Cooking is no longer considered to be a chore, and is considered a skill. Therefore, consumers are seeking ascetically pleasing barware, colorful ovenware products and unique home ware pieces. Consumers […]

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Non-store Appliance Retail Growing with Omni-channel Shopping

by March 15th, 2016

  Non-store retailing accounted for 18% of global consumer appliances’ volume sales in 2015. The popularity of internet retailing has increased while the home shopping channel has seen a decline as consumers purchase appliances online with information from TV. With consumers’ purchase factors are crucial choosing where to buy appliances, omnichannel trends are encouraging consumers […]

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Foxconn to Break into Appliances Industry if Successful in Acquiring Sharp

by March 1st, 2016

On 25 February, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, trading as Foxconn Technology Group, beat Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) to the acquisition of Sharp Corp, with its strengths in contract manufacturing services to giants that include Apple Inc, with its ¥700 billion (US$6 billion) offer. While waiting for Sharp to clarify some of […]