By Corinne Clements

Hey everyone, and welcome to this week’s installment of TraQing News! From bidets to kitchen remodeling trends, here are some of our favorite articles from last week to get you back into the swing of working:

Can the founder of Thinx get Americans to stop being so weirded out by bidets? | Emma Hinchlife: Common across most of the world, bidets are something of a rarity here in the USA. If you are unfamiliar with them, a bidet cleans you up after a visit to the toilet instead of using toilet paper. Startups like Tushy are hoping to encourage American consumers to use bidets instead of toilet paper, showing how they can be more hygienic and environmentally friendly.

hand holding credit cardAVB/BrandSource Eyeing Billions In Up-For-Grabs Market Share | Alan Wolf: There are a lot of opportunities available to Consumer Electronics, Appliance, and Furniture retailers at the moment. Recently AVB/BrandSource outlined their plans for how to capitalize on these available market shares.

With Alexa integration and mapping, iRobot aims to make Roomba the center of the smart home | Brian Heater: When thinking of which devices could be the central nervous system of a smart home, ‘robotic vacuum’ probably isn’t one of the first things to come to mind. However, iRobot (the inventor of the Roomba) is pushing forward with that thought in mind. By adding stronger mapping functions and integrating with the Amazon Echo (or other smart home hubs in the future) they are laying the groundwork to become integral in the modern smart home.

Here are 2017’s top kitchen trends according to Houzz | Jessica Teich: Curious about what’s going to be hot in kitchens this year? Houzz has broken down what consumers are planning to do with regards to their kitchen remodels this year- from flooring to counter tops and beyond. Even more, they’ve broken the trends down by generation so savvy retailers know which durables to market to Boomers vs Gen Xers.

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