HIRI welcomes research from Ipsos
The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) will begin receiving regular reports from market research company Ipsos.
The “DuraTrend” reports will focus on 12 major home improvement categories. Included will be data on product mix with the category, retailer share, overall average selling price by product and product mix by retailer.
The service marks an added value to HIRI members, according to the Tampa, Fla.-based non-profit research group.
In the first month, reports will focus on home comfort & security, paint, hardware and major appliances.
For more information, visit HIRI.org.
Samsung House Showroom brings innovation, design and culinary fare to SoHo
New York’s SoHo neighborhood played host to Samsung’s 2013 showroom, bringing professional design sensibility and product innovation to the forefront of the experience at its pop-up shop exhibit.
The custom-designed home environment was open by invitation only on June 12-14 and to the public on June 15-16. Visitors were able to view Samsung’s appliances within the context of the fully operational kitchen and laundry room, designed by Hilary Farr, host of HGTV’s "Love It or List It."
In addition, guests enjoyed meals prepared by Michelin star-rated chefs in the Samsung House kitchen, who will be consulting for Samsung during the development stage of its next line of kitchen appliances.
For the first time, Samsung’s 2013 showroom featured functional appliances in an effort to give visitors a more hands-on understanding of how technology and design can work together in the 21st century.
"We want people to really experience the innovations in our products for themselves — but also how the design can inspire the entire home," said Katie Seifert, Samsung’s Public Relations Manager. "The kitchen is the hub of everything, and laundry rooms are moving upstairs. People want appliances they can show off."
Samsung’s products are designed to match one another and to integrate with exisitng appliances to provide an experience that’s both aesthetic and functional, according to the company.
Young adults weigh in as the biggest spenders in landscaping services
Despite lingering economic pressure, young adults are seeing the value in hiring professionals for hardscapes and specialty services in 2013.
According to an online survey by Harris Interactive on behalf of Planet, 9% of consumers 18-34 hire pros, compared to only 3% of those 35 and over. Planet is the national trade association of landscape industry professionals.
Men were more likely than women to hire professional landscape help, 39% versus 32%. Overall consumer spending on landscaping services is projected to remain steady, with landscape maintenance expecting a modest bump of $100.
Spending is expected to increase among consumer who hire a professional for hardscapes and specialty services to $2,300, compared to $1,680 in the past year.
Hardscapes, cited among respondents for their requirement for professional knowledge, skills and equipment, include outdoor kitchens, patios, decks, walkways and generally any non-living outdoor component.
"Eighteen-to-34 year olds might be more digitally connected than their parents, but they are still putting a high priority on outdoor entertainment areas," said Planet CEO Sabeena Hickman. "They are looking to landscape professionals to take on work that is not only time-consuming, but also requires a high degree of expertise to be done well."