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FEATURED NEWS & EVENTS                                               July 19, 2018

Snap-on Announces Second Quarter 2018 Results

Snap-on Incorporated (NYSE: SNA), a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for professional users performing critical tasks, today announced operating results for the second quarter of 2018.
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Red Dot Selects CFO Nick Janus as New Company President

Red Dot Corporation, an international leader in mobile heating and air conditioning, has promoted Nick Janus to president, following his successful tenure as the company’s CFO, general manager of its European operations, and leader of its Chinese operations. In his new role, Janus will be responsible for driving the company’s focus and investment in operational excellence and leading its growth as a global enterprise.
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GE Appliances Simplifies the Microwave with New Release

There’s appetizing news for college students and busy families everywhere: GE Appliances is launching its new GE Smart Countertop Microwave with Scan-to-Cook Technology just in time for the busy back-to-school season. From the GE Appliances Kitchen app, owners can use a smartphone to scan barcodes on food packaging that will automatically send their microwave exact instructions for cooking times and power levels—ensuring a perfectly heated pizza pocket, bubbly burrito or melty mac-and-cheese.
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Hotpoint launches new range of gentle Active Tumble Dryers

Your clothes can say a lot about you, as they express your style, taste and personality. Favorite garments can even feel like a part of who we are, so it’s not surprising that many of us worry about using our tumble dryer for our extra special clothes. However, with Hotpoint’s new range of Active Tumble Dryers, you can rest assured that your clothes are in good hands; with innovative ActiveCare technology, they deliver the ultimate drying performance with maximum care. ActiveCare reduces fabric wear by up to 40%1 through precise temperature control and the Anti-Stress drum movements to treat your clothes with just as much love and respect as you do.
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GE Appliances Re-Enters Private Label Business with Crosley Corporation

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—July 16, 2018—GE Appliances, a Haier company, has entered into a contract to manufacture private-label refrigerators, upright freezers, chest freezers, dishwashers, gas and electric free-standing ranges, and front-load laundry machines for Crosley Corporation, the exclusive distributor of Crosley-branded appliances through a network of independently owned distributors and retailers in the U.S. GE Appliances will supply kitchen and select laundry products under the Crosley Professional, Crosley and Conservator brands.
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Getting More Social with Pinterest®

Many of your customers are on Pinterest, are you? One reason why some retailers are more successful than others is their willingness to move beyond their comfort zone to try something new. While it’s true that Facebook® is the giant of social media, Pinterest is a natural fit for home improvement retailers since it attracts millions of people who want inspiring ideas for DIY projects and home improvement tips. The platform has 75 million users in the U.S. and is second only to Facebook when it comes to influencing purchase decisions.
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Finding Your Niche

As it turns out, even Nordstrom is feeling heat from Amazon. The trendy stores which are called Nordstrom Local have a nail salon and juice bar—but no racks of clothing. The purchase transaction between the customer and Nordstrom happens online prior to the shopper coming into the store. When the customer arrives, a sales associate assists them with fittings and provides the personalized service the purchaser requires.
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