September 08, 2020
KCMA

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LOW BRAND LOYALTY FOR CABINETS AND HARDWARE

Recent research from the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI) shows that homeowners are not asking their design pros for products by name. 94% of homeowners were completely undecided about their brands (at the first consultation) for cabinet hardware and 82% for cabinetry. This certainly presents an opportunity for manufacturers to stand out from the competition.

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September 01, 2020
KCMA

The cabinet industry is in a great spot right now with the recent win in a trade case against Chinese imported kitchen cabinets. The playing field has been leveled and now it's time to think about more unique ways your company can set itself apart from the competition.

When you think about kitchen appliances or countertop materials a few brand names top the list - Samsung, KitchenAid, Sub-Zero, Cambria. However, recent research from the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI) shows that homeowners are not asking their design pros for certain products by name. 94% of homeowners were completely undecided about their brands (at the first consultation) for cabinet hardware and 82% for cabinetry. This certainly presents an opportunity for cabinet manufacturers to stand out from the competition. What is one way to do that? By showing your customers that you care about meeting standards and manufacturing quality products.

August 25, 2020
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MANUFACTURING STILL HAS A SKILLS GAP

Before the covid-19 pandemic, US manufacturers faced a shortage of skilled workers. According to Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, as many as 2.4 million factory jobs could remain unfilled through 2028. Now, the US is facing the highest unemployment rate in decades. However, that still doesn't solve the original problems that plagued manufacturers - a tidy of Baby Boomers retiring from leadership positions and a negative view of manufacturing among younger workers.'

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August 11, 2020
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WHICH  LUXURY KITCHEN TRENDS WILL GO MAINSTREAM?

Professional kitchen designers say smart products, professional-looking appliances, and modern styling (such as contemporary cabinets that are easy to clean) are the top three trends that will make their way from the luxury market to mainstream in the coming years. 

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RICKI
Photo courtesy of RICKI

IKEA LINKED TO ILLEGAL LOGGING

July 28, 2020
Woodworking Network

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WOOD INDUSTRY 40 UNDER 40

Congratulations to the 2020 Wood Industry 40 Under 40! This award celebrates the next generation of industry professionals who are making an impact on wood products manufacturing in North America. KCMA is excited to see several members honored this year:

July 21, 2020
KCMA

Today’s guest blog post comes from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). To learn more about them, please visit their website at www.nari.org.

NARI

A kitchen is a place for gathering and expressing culinary creativity. Does your kitchen inspire, or is it in desperate need of a refresh? When considering a kitchen remodel or update, the first step is knowing your personality and personal style. What colors inspire you? Do you like big, bold patterns or more neutral, soothing patterns? How much time does your family spend in the kitchen? Do you cook meals often? How much storage do you need? A redesign is a chance to build a dream kitchen that reflects your personal style, lifestyle and family values.

July 15, 2020
KCMA

On March 6, 2019 the American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance (AKCA) initiated one of the largest trade cases ever filed against one country in US history.  The Anti-Dumping / Countervailing Duty Petitions were filed at the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission (ITC) in response to China’s unfair trade practices, which threaten the survival of our $10 billion domestic kitchen cabinet industry that supports more than 250,000 American jobs.

July 07, 2020
KCMA

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STD:  SAFE & SOUND WEEK 2020
Save the date for OSHA's Safe & Sound Week - a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace safety and health programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America's workers safe. The event takes place August 10-16, 2020.  Check out the resources they have to offer to see how your company can get involved.

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June 23, 2020
NARI

Today’s guest blog post comes from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). To learn more about them, please visit their website at www.nari.org.

NARI

With the start of a new decade, you may be ready for a kitchen makeover. Whether that means an entire remodel or simple updates, it’s time to dream about what your ideal kitchen would look like. To help, here are some of the coolest kitchen trends for 2020.

Color Trends

June 17, 2020
KCMA

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IMPACT OF COVID-19 STABILIZES

According to the weekly NKBA Pulse that gauges the overall impact of the COVID-19 crisis in the kitchen and bath industry, the impact has remained flat after six weeks trending downward.

The weekly member survey measures sentiments about the effects of the crisis on design, manufacturing, building & construction, and retail & sales businesses. For the first time, there was no movement regarding impact among any of these four business categories. Overall, more than 800 respondents again rated the lockdown’s impact at an average of 6.9 on a scale of 1 (no impact) to 10 (significant impact).

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