Retail Observer

June 2020

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RETAILOBSERVER.COM JUNE 2020 24 Visit to view the livestream. Speed Queen commercial laundry equipment is engineered and tested to deliver 25 years of service in the average household. Visit to learn more about Speed Queen's range of products and find a dealer in your area. PLUM EXPANDS DISTRIBUTION NETWORK TO INCLUDE THREE TOP LUXURY APPLIANCE DISTRIBUTORS Eastern Marketing, Maple Distributing, and Pinnacle Sales Group selected by Plum to cover U.S. territories Plum, creator of the first fully automated appliance for wine, is announcing the expansion of its distribution network as it moves forward in its next chapter of global growth. Strategically partnering with Eastern Marketing, Maple Distributing, and Pinnacle Sales Group will position Plum for increased widespread distribution in the U.S. markets beginning May 2020. "We are proud to announce the expansion of Plum's distribution network with three exceptional partners – Eastern Marketing, Maple Distributing, and Pinnacle Sales Group," said Andreas Hansen, Global President of Plum. "Each of them demonstrates consistent and reliable sales and service support which will be crucial in our next phase of growth, and we are thrilled to have them as our distribution partners." Founded in 1986, Eastern Marketing is the largest family-owned wholesale distributor of luxury appliances in the U.S.. Headquartered in Roseland, New Jersey, Eastern currently distributes lines which include refrigeration and undercounter wine cellars to a network of over 600 independent dealers, making Plum a natural fit. "We see this as the next must-have in luxury appliances and we are excited to be working with the Plum team," said Craig Friedman, CEO of Eastern Marketing. "The synergy with our existing product lines and distribution channels makes Plum a great pairing." Also joining the Plum distribution network is Maple Distributing. Since its founding in 2016 by partners with over 65 cumulative years of distribution experience, Maple has become one of the fastest growing luxury appliance distributors in the U.S. Maple will cover the central region and are known for the selective premium appliance brands they represent. "Plum's sophisticated technology and user-friendliness are the ultimate combination in a luxury appliance. We at Maple Distributing are proud to have forged a partnership with such a forward-thinking brand," Mark Klein, President of Maple Distributing, said. Klein added, "We work with top appliance brands in the business and welcome Plum to the Maple Distributing family." Pinnacle Sales Group joins Plum's distribution network to cover Plum's Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwest markets. Pinnacle, a luxury appliance, plumbing and outdoor kitchen distributor, caters to the Decorative Plumbing, Premium Appliances and Outdoor Living segments of the upscale building and remodeling industry. They have partnered with a select group of innovative manufacturers to provide a comprehensive range of products, services, training and support to all levels of the sales channel. "Plum is an innovative premium appliance manufacturer that encompasses the type of product our company brings to the luxury building and remodeling industry," said Ron Avery, CEO of Pinnacle Sales Group. "We are confident that this is a strong collaboration and we are excited to partner with Plum." Eastern Marketing, Maple Distributing, and Pinnacle Sales Group join Mode Distributing (Western U.S.), LUWA Luxury (U.S. Pacific Northwest and Canada) as well as La Cuisine International (Latin America and Caribbean) and Grupo IESA (Mexico) in Plum's distribution network. Plum is transforming how consumers and hotel guests enjoy wine from the bottle and by-the-glass. Launched in 2017, Plum combines sophisticated technology and elegant design to deliver the perfect glass of wine on demand, every time, preserved and served at its ideal temperature. Plum is headquartered in Dania Beach, Florida with offices in Miami, Florida and Palo Alto, California. Visit for more information. IMC MARKET WEBSITES LAUNCH NEW DIGITAL CONTENT TO BRING BUYERS AND EXHIBITORS TOGETHER ONLINE New webpages connect Atlanta, High Point and Las Vegas communities until markets resume In a time of business disruptions due to the COVID-19 crisis, International Market Centers (IMC) is launching new online resource centers through its Atlanta, Las Vegas and High Point Market websites. Through these new portals, buyers and exhibitors can continue to engage with each other, stay up to date on key trends and industry news, and access webinars and other rich content until physical markets are staged again. I N D U S T R Y [ N E W S ]

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