Healthy sales of refrigerators, washing machines and other whitegoods in Japan and the rest of Asia helped to push Panasonic’s group net profit up 38% year over year to US$914 million for the April-September half. Meanwhile, strong sales of surveillance cameras and in-flight entertainment systems helped operating profit to grow 13% to 200.4 billion yen, topping 200 billion yen for the first time in seven years.
Appliances Online has increased its foot traffic significantly in the last three years since partnering with Rakuten Marketing. The retailer’s head of marketing, Trent Allan says affiliate marketing enables businesses to boost revenue and click-through rates, while gathering a more holistic picture of the customer journey online in buying appliances.
Asia Pacific’s key markets continued to turn in an overall positive performance from January to June this year, with the region reporting increased sales volume and value of refrigerators, washing machines and air conditioners by 1% and 2% (based on Euro) respectively. These first half year results of the global major domestic appliance market were published by GfK to coincide with the recent IFA 2015 trade fair in Berlin.
US retailing icon, Macy’s will soon begin to sell consumer electronics after sealing a partnership with CE giant Best Buy. The deal is aimed at firstly, attracting a new breed of shopper and second, retaining existing customers who are “gravitating” to things outside of the merchandise categories offered at Macy’s.
There is no animosity between JB Hi Fi and Dick Smith, according to JB’s CEO Richard Murray, a statement which is most likely true, given that both these retailers have a common target in their sights: David Jones and Myer. According to Murray, the industry can be assured that JB is determined to ‘own’ the portable appliance category, despite its deep legacy in technology and gadgets.
Canstar Blue’s latest customer satisfaction survey has placed Dyson in the number one spot for vacuums. Dyson managing director Glenn Andrew explained Appliance Retailer in our Mid-Year Report Card how the company manages to keep such high standards.