Walmart recognizes Briggs & Stratton for emission reduction
Walmart recently recognized Briggs & Stratton Corporation for its leading contributions to its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal, namely that of its work on the E Series engine.
"We are incredibly proud to be recognized by one of the largest retailers in the world," said Joe Wright, SVP and president, Engines Group, Briggs & Stratton. "Our E Series engines meet EPA emissions standards, which are 35% stricter than previous standards. They also use less material than previous models, thereby reducing the carbon footprint needed to build these engines in our Murray, Kentucky plant."
The E Series was designed specifically to reduce Briggs & Stratton’s carbon footprint, replacing the 450/500/550 Series as the company’s premier engine.
Walmart is aiming to eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas from its global supply chain by the end of 2015, an effort that it began in 2010.
Famed designer Nate Berkus teams up with LG
LG Studio, the kitchen appliance segment of LG Electronics, has teamed up with decorator and product designer Nate Berkus, who will serve as artistic adviser on the company’s premium products.
David VanderWaal, director of home appliance brand marketing, LG Electronics USA, added, "LG welcomes Nate Berkus to the LG Studio family to help advance our premium appliance design innovations," said David VanderWaal, director of home appliance brand marketing, at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show LG press conference. "We’re confident that this venture will help position LG Studio both as a beautiful addition to any premium kitchen and as a ‘must-have’ for entertaining with style."
Berkus is a decorated interior designer, host of NBC’s "American Dream Builders," a New York Times best-sellig author and designer of a national line of home goods. He launched his own design firm at the age of 24 and made his first TV appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002.
In this new exclusive alliance, Berkus will provide input on product design, as well as guidance aimed at keeping LG Studio appliances at the cutting edge of kitchen design trends.
"LG came to me because they share my deep commitment to living with what is well thought out and well designed, without sacrificing personality," said Berkus at the conference. "Together we want to introduce products that will anchor the heart of the home, which is always the kitchen, as well as enhance the ease and style of how people live there."
Home improvement industry flexes its muscles at 2014 CES
Despite the preponderance of consumer electronics at the aptly-named 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, taking place currently in Las Vegas, certain brands representing the home improvement industry were present in considerable force.
Samsung was in attendance with updated home appliances, including a brand new lineup of refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers known as the Samsung Chefs Collection. The company also unveiled new laundry appliance pairs and vacuum cleaners, the former boasting 5.6 cubic feet of capacity in both front- and top-load configurations.
Kwikset, maker of the Kevo Smart Lock, also had its own surprises in store. The company announced the upcoming release of a remote Bluetooth-enabled locking technology this summer.
Dacor announced its Discovery iQ 48-in. Dual-Fuel Range, which the company touts as the first-ever range to feature an integrated, wireless tablet. The technology will enable customers to control the range via smart phone or tablet.
Whirlpool was also in attendance with a full range of smart home displays, ranging from an interactive cooktop surface to microwaves that respond to the imaginations and needs of customers.
“Our inspiration is the consumer’s vision for the future and how we can bring it into focus for them through Whirlpool product innovation,” said Chris Quatrochi, director of Global Creative Design, Whirlpool Corporation. “CES is a time we can stimulate the consumer’s imagination by showcasing new in-market and conceptual products that evolve and have the ability to fit seamlessly into their lives.”