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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
For Some Manufacturers, There Are Benefits to Keeping Production at Home -
January 22, 2007 | WSJ | By MARK WHITEHOUSE.

much of what can go abroad already has, leaving behind what can and should be made in the U.S. One area of strength: high-end goods like top-of-the-line $6,000 Sony Grand WEGA TV sets and $15,000 Sub-Zero PRO 48 refrigerators, which appeal to the affluent folks who have been driving much of the growth in U.S. consumer spending.

"It's the very high-end products," says Daniel Meckstroth, chief economist at Manufacturers Alliance, a trade group. "Manufacturers who have niche markets in high-end products have a very good outlook."...."Manufacturing is contributing to the welfare of the economy in terms of standard of living, but it's not generating net new jobs," says Mr. Meckstroth. "The electronics sector is one of the areas where that's most visible."
manufacturers  offshoring  white_goods  Sub-Zero  appliances  onshoring  high-end  consumer_electronics 
june 2012 by jerryking
Haier Goals
November 20, 2005 | New York Times | By ROB WALKER

Haier and other Chinese companies are now "differentiating themselves through innovation," Sull says. Instead of a "technology push" approach (a Bell Labs cranking out wonderful inventions that are then pushed into the marketplace), he adds, they are adept at using a "consumer pull" strategy, studying and responding to their customers' needs. Haier sells its products in more than 150 countries and was in the news recently as a possible buyer of Maytag.
Bell_Labs  Haier  white_goods  Chinese  wines  China  manufacturers  appliances  branding  Donald_Sull 
october 2011 by jerryking
Chinese Firms' Buying Binge Bet on Value of Western Brands -

Foreign companies have used several strategies to expand into the U.S. Some purchased U.S. brands …Others have built their U.S. customer base organically….But this path can take a long time and hit bumps along the way…But Japanese and Korean manufacturers that moved to the U.S. enjoyed a boost their Chinese counterparts lack: a government-protected home market in the 1980s and '90s that allowed them to finance their international push with rich profits from domestic sales. China has largely opened up its consumer market to competition. …Wooing brand-conscious Americans shoppers is a slow process that almost no Chinese manufacturers, used to selling on price, have mastered. Almost a decade ago, Konka Group Ltd., then China's biggest TV maker, made a big push into the U.S. and seemed to make progress for a while with a low-cost line of sets. But it never gained the marketing savvy or name recognition it needed and has since retreated to its home market, where it has slipped to No. 3…Buying an established company, on the other hand, offers Chinese companies immediate access to technology, experienced marketing executives and coveted distribution channels at a time when America's retail industry is consolidating…. The biggest hurdle, though, has been finding enough people who can bridge Chinese and Western business cultures. "Maybe Haier has the people," says Vincent Yan, a managing director of TCL. "We needed cross-cultural people with the right business experience. Those are very hard to accumulate."
brands  branding  China  M&A  mergers_&_acquisitions  Chinese  Haier  WPP  cross-cultural  white_goods  manufacturers  marketing  brand-conscious 
october 2011 by jerryking
Why Won't Anyone Clean the Refrigerator? -
FEBRUARY 24, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By ANJALI ATHAVALEY.
Most Americans Tidy Their Refrigerators Only Once or Twice a Year;
Manufacturers Try New Ways to Combat the Mess
white_goods  appliances  refrigeration 
february 2010 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
Appliance Anxiety - Replace It or Fix It? -
Published: May 27, 2009. To stay profitable, service companies book
multiple appointments on the same day, forcing consumers to sit home and
wait for hours. And because it would be impossible for technicians to
drive around with every possible replacement part, some repairs require a
follow-up visit that can be subject to the same inconveniences.
appliances  repairs  white_goods  home_appliances  inconveniences  after-sales_service 
june 2009 by jerryking

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