Trade distributors RKW has announced its show plans for the Trade Exclusively Show, which takes place next week on 14-15 June at the Business Design Centre in London.
RKW will display the latest innovations from the distributor’s biggest UK brands, with some never-before-seen launches from Smeg, Lavazza, Laura Ashley, BLACK+DECKER, Hoover, Russell Hobbs, Emma Bridgewater and The Funky Appliance Company
RKW, the trading division of Sutton Venture Group, was founded in 1989 and is now Europe’s number one SDA electricals and housewares distribution company. Through our UK offices and offices in Hong Kong and Mainland China we are dedicated to offering our trading partners top brands at exceptional value for money.
RKW distributes over 3000 product lines and holds £25m of stock, ready for immediate delivery. Major brands owned by RKW include Tower, Akai, Carmen, Pifco, Warmlite, Elgento and Natural Life and also licenses the Morphy Richards brand for cookware and housewares. These exclusive brands offer quality and innovation. Our customers include most major high street retailers and independents. In addition we distribute brands such as Breville, Russell Hobbs, Kitchen Aid, George Foreman, Swan, plus Numatic and Vax floorcare products, as well as personal care products such as Babyliss and Remington.
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Smeg will take part to the next edition of the Salone del Mobile at Rho Fiera Milano (7-12 June 2022). The Italian company will be present with all the new products at stand M22 – M28 in Hall 11.
Among the novelties on display is the Galileo project, the range of ovens allowing the combination of traditional, steam and microwave cooking functions. Omnichef is the spearhead of the project: three technologies in a single oven, with professional algorithms and special functions to satisfy every need.
Another innovation on display will be the Area induction hob, equipped with a shiny ceramic glass surface in black or silver version with screen printing under the glass and without pre-set cooking areas, to ensure maximum flexibility of use on a surface of 90 cm.
On the fair also the FAB refrigerators with 9 brand new matt colors capture the attention with special finishes and the ever-present sinuous shapes of retro inspiration
Retra, the UK electrical retailing trade association, celebrated its 80 years of activity during the latest Retra Conference. The event saw the presence of a lot of guest speakers, including Amdea CEO, Paul Hide, Bsh CEO, Gunjan Srivastava, Chris Brook-Carter, CEO of the Retail Trust, and Martyn Allen, technical director of Electrical Safety First (ESF).
The “Challenge of Change” was the main theme of the conference, and involved some important hot topics such as retailing in the ‘new normal’, sustainability, direct selling and the future of the high street. Many manufacturers and their retail partners – said Paul Hide, Amdea CEO – have enjoyed record sales over the past two years and that is something that probably none of us would have predicted when we locked down for the first time two years ago. It is recognised that this strong growth cannot continue for ever. We must also face the 2022 realities of global supply disruptions, microchip and semiconductor shortages, inflationary price rises and record levels of squeeze on household disposable incomes.
In his opening keynote speech, Retra CEO, Howard Saycell, expressed his disappointment that electrical retailers weren’t classed as essential during the pandemic, but highlighted how Retra members had excelled themselves during the crisis. What was really encouraging during the whole pandemic was the creativity of the independents. When some of the big retailers closed their doors – some even stopped delivering and installing – our members stepped up to the plate – he said
China Import and Export Fair, also known as Canton Fair, started its 131st edition that will be also online on April 24, 2022. As Xu Bing, spokesperson of the Fair, deputy director general of China Foreign Trade Centre, explained in the opening cerimony, Themed facilitating the “dual circulation” of domestic and overseas markets, the event is held from April 15-24 online. The exhibition offers an online display platform, business matchmaking services, and a cross-border e-commerce zone.
The electronic and home appliances exhibition zone hosts about 2,600 companies with 140,000 products. Among the protagonist brands, the event was attended by Haier, Hisense, Gree, Midea, Changhong, TCL, and others.
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Haier recently showcased at The KBB Show at the NEC, Birmingham, dated 6-9th March and is proud to have the debut launch of one of its new built-in appliances – Series 6 : the complete range of premium cooking appliances guided by Artificial Intelligence. The launch saw the first ever collection of Haier built-in appliances onto the UK market, and further enhanced Haier’s excellent reputation for premium design, quality and reliability alongside connectivity and cutting-edge innovation.
The stand also hosted a live cooking event, including a special guest appearance from a well- known TV celebrity. To support our goal, we launched ‘Club Haier’ an exclusive retailer loyalty scheme offering preferential terms for displaying Haier retailers.
Also showcased was the hub of the kitchen of the future, the spectacular Chef@Home oven, which, thanks to a presence sensor, turns on automatically, giving the user access to the 19” full touch control screen. The journey to discover the innovative “Cook with me” technology, which is designed to bring Artificial Intelligence into everyday life: plus, the PreciTaste technology recognises the types of food placed inside the oven, so it automatically sets the cooking parameters, sending the user a notification when the food is ready.
Thanks to the premium technology, elegant and minimalist designs of range of ovens, hobs, hoods, refrigerators, and dishwashers that connect to the hOn App and AI offer tailor-made solutions for the modern home.
As well as showcasing the amazing innovative tech features across the new range of connected ovens, hobs & hoods, there was also an opportunity to witness hi-tech integrated and freestanding laundry and cooling appliances, where visitors were guided on a journey of discovery through a world designed to make the “Connected Home” a reality, thanks to Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things.
Managing Director, Rob Sutton, commented: “This is a very exciting time for RKW as we cement more exclusive brand partnerships and migrate into new product markets. I have been exhibiting at Spring Fair for over 30 years now, and the number of visitors we had this year was truly unprecedented.”
RKW has a 30-plus year pedigree in successfully developing and distributing top brands and products with a group turnover of £180m+. It is Europe’s leading manufacturer and distributor of small domestic appliances (SDA) and housewares products for its owned and licensed portfolio of brands. As well as Tower, Black+Decker, Morphy Richards, Akai and Carmen and RKW distributes for leading brands including Breville, Russell Hobbs, Swan, Hoover, Lavazza and The Funky Appliance Company.