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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Throwback Thursday: News Recap December 19, 2013

If you have been reading the W.L. May Blog but haven't checked us out on FacebookTwitter or Google+, you may not be getting the whole story. We use all of those social media outlets to share news stories that relate to our industry as well as appliance tips we have found from other sources. Here is a recap of some of the top stories we have seen lately. A lot has been happening so without further ado:

We start with some consumer friendly articles we feel would be great for sharing:
  • Freds Appliance talked about some frequent washing machine problems, the causes and solutions. LINK
  • Samurai Appliance Repair Man wrote a great article discussing extended warranties and protection plans. LINK
  • Treehugger posted a list of 8 easy maintenance tips for front load washers. LINK
  • All Tech had some suggestions of things to check for on broken dryer and how to prepare for the repairs, if needed. LINK
Next, we look at the manufacturers and how they have been in the news recently:
  • The chief Design officer at Electrolux, Stefano Marzano is retiring. LINK
  • Digital Journal reported that Electrolux has jumped on the shipping container construction craze, by using them to build a mobile showroom kitchen. LINK
We found several articles that might be of interest to those of you who love all thing appliances:
  • Some respected thought leaders said the washing machine is a more important invention than the internet LINK
  • Reviewed.Com had five "awesome lifehacks" involving appliances. LINK
  • WickedLocal.com turned an old dishwasher into a terrarium. LINK
  • Crafty Garden Mama offered a how-to make wool dryer balls to use instead of fabric softener sheets. LINK
Sometimes, the links we post are related to technology, business or happenings on the internet:
  • Intuit discussed fake reviews on online sites. How to spot them and what to do when you find them. LINK
  • New York Times ran in interesting article that discussed small businesses, and the opportunities and pitfalls for them when considering affiliate programs.  LINK
  • Livescience discussed the transition to smart homes. LINK
  • Business Marketing Sales advocated refrigerator magnets as an inexpensive way to grow your business and keep repeat customers LINK
  • Smart Van shared the results of a report on European service companies and how they are running their businesses and increasing their profits. LINK
  • HBR Blog Network discussed how an increase in employee performance data has the risk causing an overlook of hard-to-measure employee skills. LINK
  • Smart Van showed us some of the resources they are using to stay informed. LINK
  • Service Coach found Twitter to be more useful than Facebook for marketing. LINK
  • Inc. ran the results of a survey of small business owners regarding their views on 2014. LINK
We close with a fun story:
  • Wall Street Journal revisited the prototype kitchen developed by RCA and Whirlpool for the American National Exhibition in Moscow in 1959 to see which ideas have made into the modern home. LINK
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