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October 10-11 | FT|

As homes get smarter, humans inch closer to being deposed as lords and masters. Now Amazon is accelerating the process: planning to connect washing machines to its website to or...
smart_homes  Amazon  connected_devices  Industrial_Internet  laundry_rooms  home_appliances  home_automation  white_goods 
november 2015 by jerryking
Whirlpool CIO: The future of IoT demands a new IT paradigm
by Mary K. Pratt

Whirlpool CIO Mike Heim is using cutting-edge tech to reinvent the lowly laundromat, but first he had to reinvent how his IT team worked. Welcome to the future of IoT.....Clothespin technology allows people to use their smartphones to remotely check for available washers and dryers, pay with MasterCard or Visa rather than coins, add cycles remotely and receive notification when laundry cycles are done.

On the operator side, Clothespin enables equipment service providers to remotely change prices based on demand, time of day and other market factors; track machine utilization; identify machines requiring maintenance; and provide users with promotions and loyalty programs.

Developed in a five-day sprint last June, the project had Heim's tech people moving between e-payment processing and IT security and mobile app development and working with a variety of business functions and vendors.
Whirlpool  laundry_rooms  CIOs  laundromats  home_appliances  white_goods  Industrial_Internet  cloud_computing  mobile_applications  reinvention 
september 2015 by jerryking
The New Dirt on Dry Cleaners -
JULY 28, 2011 | WSJ | by RAY A. SMITH. A transition that is
already shaking up the dry-cleaning industry. Many dry cleaners will be
required to find new solvents to replace a widely used cleaning agent
called perchloroethylene, or perc, by 2020. As a result, businesses are
using a growing array of new methods to clean garments. Procter &
Gamble Co. recently launched Tide Dry Cleaners, a chain of stores that
use an alternative product, based on silicone and called
GreenEarth....The shakeup is coming to an industry that has changed
little for decades. ...Tide Dry Cleaners stores, which use the branding
of Tide laundry detergent, have valets that carry clothes to and from
customers' cars, lockers with customized passwords where consumers can
drop off or pick up clothes after hours, and bar codes that keep track
of customers' data, including preferences. The company made sure the
stores were bright and open, with the machines visible,
laundry_rooms  P&G  dry-cleaning_industry  product_launches 
july 2011 by jerryking
Loads of Luxury
Mar. 05, 2003 | TIME | By Lisa Cullen. luxury has found its
way to the laundry room. Once relegated to gloomy basements and cramped
alcoves, the appliances and accessories that wash, dry and care for
clothes are now in showcase spaces....Roused by the demand for German
company Miele's $1,500-plus front-loading machines, American
manufacturers like Maytag, Sears and Whirlpool are rushing to offer
better-priced front loaders, which save space, conserve water and energy
and hum instead of roar.
luxury  laundry_rooms  home_appliances  white_goods 
december 2009 by jerryking

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