Target and Best Buy Headline AHAM’s Annual Meeting

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Top executives from retailers Target and Best Buy will speak at AHAM’s annual member meeting being held on April 22-23 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, FL.

On April 23, Stacia Andersen, Senior Vice President, Merchandising, Home at Target will give the keynote address during the General Session Breakfast.    Later that day, Liz Haesler, Merchandising Vice President – Appliance, Home Trends Essentials and Pacific Sales, of Best Buy will provide the keynote address at the Retail & Appliance Industry Connections Lunch.  

Both Andersen and Haesler will provide insights as leading retailers and their strategies for the future.  Check back next week for a recap of their remarks!

Keeping the Faith

Sometimes it can seem like modern technology has a way of interfering with age-old traditions and beliefs. However, a recent article in the Toronto Star explains that appliance manufacturers have responded to the needs of Jewish consumers by equipping refrigerators and ovens with an optional “Sabbath mode?? which allow them to prepare meals without breaking  Jewish law.

According to Jewish law, observant of the faith may not work on the Sabbath (between Friday evening and Saturday evening). In older times, work meant using fire to prepare food. However, as the use of appliances have taken the place of fire, turning an oven on or opening the refrigerator can be considered “work?? because an electrical circuit is being completed.

The Sabbath mode, allows users to disengage some features and keep ranges producing low levels of heat for extended periods of time. On refrigerators, the mode disables the lights and other electrical devices, such as the compressor and thermostat, from engaging while the door is opened.

General Electric, Electrolux, Sub-Zero, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Maytag and Viking offer Sabbath mode features on their refrigerators and ranges.

GE Spokeswoman Kim Mann told the Toronto Star, “This is not market driven. It’s culturally driven. All ranges manufactured since the late ’90s have a Sabbath mode.??

Click here to read the full article.  

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