NEW YORK, March 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Gourmia™, a designer and manufacturer of innovative countertop kitchen appliances, today announced smart kitchen strategic partnerships with Freshub and Ready for Sky. Ready for Sky is a proven hardware and software developer that provides the WiFi and WiFi+Bluetooth for Smart Kitchen appliances that enable them to integrate with and control the entire ecosystem of the connected home. Freshub, a leading provider of Smart Kitchen Commerce, connects the smart kitchen and supermarket, allowing consumers to easily add items to their online shopping carts or in-store shopping lists via voice commands or by simply waving grocery items in front of the connected kitchen appliance.
"Gourmia is thrilled to partner with such innovative companies as Freshub and Ready for Sky. These partnerships will allow Gourmia to create a connected kitchen ecosystem with a robust line of appliances that are part of the entire connected home," said Heshy Biegeleisen, president of Gourmia. "In addition, we will then take the smart kitchen to the outside world. For example, a consumer will be able to select a recipe on the Gourmia appliance, and choose the items from that recipe they need to order from the grocery store using Freshub's Smart Kitchen Commerce."
Ready for Sky – Making the Smart Kitchen the Center of the Connected Home
Ready for Sky is the industry leader in deploying hardware and software solutions for Smart Kitchen appliances. Ready for Sky's expertise at having deployed more than 50 Smart Kitchen appliances worldwide will enable Gourmia to quickly develop and deploy a comprehensive line-up of Smart Kitchen Appliances in 2016.
The Ready for Sky platform has the unique ability to turn any Gourmia appliance into a WiFi+Bluetooth Smart Kitchen appliance that can connect to the Gourmia mobile app. The Ready for Sky Gourmia app can also be loaded onto a Gourmia Smart Kitchen appliance, turning the appliance's screen into a smart home hub, allowing control of all enabled smart home devices directly from it. Ready for Sky currently utilizes the Allseen Standard, with support for IFTTT in development.
"We are excited to partner with Gourmia on their connected kitchen initiative in 2016," said Michael Priel, chief executive officer of Ready for Sky. "Gourmia has proven their ability to quickly develop and deploy countertop kitchen appliances and have seen great retail success already. We look forward to helping make their vision for a Gourmia connected kitchen ecosystem a reality."
Freshub – Enables Smart Kitchen Commerce
Freshub will be taking the Gourmia IoT Smart Kitchen appliances the last three feet, where billions of dollars' worth of consumer purchasing decisions are made daily. Its Smart Kitchen Commerce Platform enables Gourmia's consumer to order any grocery product directly from their IoT connected appliances. Pilot results with a leading US grocery chain in 2015 showed that consumers purchased nearly 20% more from the retailer and 75% remained active after six months.
Freshub is partnering with forward-thinking retailers across the US, that wish to become players in the emerging IoT, to gain substantial presence in consumers' homes at the point of decision and to deliver innovative customer-centric services. Freshub's always on app can scan barcodes of more than a million grocery products, add them to an online cart or a shopping list, and automatically associate the listed products with personalized promotions and offers – in real-time.
"Gourmia is aligned with Freshub's goal to connect grocery retailers directly to the consumer in the connected kitchen, and we are excited to make this happen in the U.S.," said Iri Zohar, CEO of Freshub. "Gourmia has a strong understanding of how the U.S. retail market works and has used this knowledge to develop an expansive line of Smart Kitchen products that will further the connected home."
About Ready for Sky
Ready for Sky is a high-tech company with a full solution from hardware to software development to connect existing appliances as well as new appliances created from scratch to the IoT. The company started as a small team of IoT enthusiasts over 10 years ago and has grown to an international team of over 40 engineers located in Israel, Russia and China. Ready for Sky specializes in connecting kitchen appliances and leveraging the IoT to deliver real value to its partners and consumers. The company has developed over 50 appliances with majority being available to consumers today worldwide.
Freshub is a leading Smart Kitchen Commerce technology provider, systems integrator and business advisor, bringing omni-channel grocery retailers and appliance manufacturers together to make the smart kitchen a reality. We offer consumers direct access to their supermarkets, to easily add items to the online shopping carts, generate in-store shopping lists or clip digital coupons – via voice commands or by simply waving grocery items in front of the kitchen connected appliances such as refrigerators, microwaves, countertop music players and smart bins.
Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, Gourmia is passionate about cooking and the tools for the healthy lifestyle. With decades of small appliance expertise, Gourmia's founders know that cooks are looking for dependable, easy-to-use tools that will make their lives easier. From sous vide immersion cookers to multi-purpose cookers and juicers, the team at Gourmia has taken input from chefs and consumers to make their products the best in their category. All of the company's products are designed to deliver a higher standard of innovation, performance, and value. For additional information, please visit http://www.gourmia.com.
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