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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday: News Recap December 4, 2014

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. It's been a HUGE week for news, so without further ado:

We start with some consumer friendly articles we feel would be great for sharing:
  • Our friends at De Anza Appliance are hosting a holiday food drive. Please give generously. LINK
  • Buying a used appliance? Fox31 in Denver says to check that model and serial number. LINK
  • From the UK, here is a warning that really applies to all appliance users. LINK
  • Consumer Reports explains why top loaders still have some popularity, and lists their picks for best models. LINK
  • FoxRio2 in Texas gave us a nice list of little dishwasher tips. LINK
  • Reviewed.Com discusses the causes of washing machine smells and some solutions. LINK
  • Rocky Mountain Power has a program that not only helps you get rid of your old refrigerator safely, it also helps to feed the needy. LINK
  • If you are considering buying a used appliance, it would benefit you to take a few minutes and check for recalls. LINK
  • An important reason to make sure your gas range has ventilation. LINK
  • Putting off a dishwasher repair until after Christmas? Well, if you must, here are some tips for hand washing dishes. LINK
Next, we look at the manufacturers and how they have been in the news recently:
  • Whirlpool is having a good year, posting a 52 week high on its stock price after quarterly earnings growth of 4.1%. LINK
  • Whirlpool released a new video in their "Every Day, Care" campaign. It talks about challenges that face many unusual family living arrangements. LINK
  • Electrolux has a new refrigerator (in Brazil) that features a "healthy eating" app with various recipes and suggestions built in. How to market it? Explode some food, of course...LINK
  • For Maytag's "Day Of Dependability", Whirlpool helped 2 groups. Working with a couple of the local Boys and Girls Clubs they created care packages for our troops abroad. LINK
  • Whirlpool won another round in its ongoing defense of front load washers. LINK
  • With most manufacturers seeing an opportunity in the "Internet Of Things", why would GE sell out? LINK
We found some articles that might be of interest to those of you who love all things appliance:
  • We found a strange kickstarter film project. Picture this: Two washing machines fall in love and have to battle an evil microwave. Hey, it wasn't OUR idea! LINK
  • Schoolkids explained why there is a light in the refrigerator, but not in the freezer. LINK
  • In a promotion for appliance recycling, American Electric Power Ohio painted this classic refrigerator. LINK
  • Bells and whistles are nice, but you can get the job done cheaply too. LINK
Sometimes, the links we post are related to technology, business or happenings on the internet:
  • It's well known there is a shortage of new technicians entering the appliance repair trade. This article shoots down a lot of the stereotypes that steer young people from considering a career in trade work. LINK
  • Amazon rolled out a new program, Amazon Local Service, that is working with contractors and service providers in a few test cities. LINK
  • Regardless of opinions on the politics, this discussion about microfiber pollution could have substantial influences on our trade. LINK
  • Twitter is poised to make some significant changes. If you use Twitter this article is a must read. LINK
  • Early smart appliance prototypes are being developed. Here are some of the developers considerations. LINK
We close with some just-for-fun stories:
  • Possibly the most elaborate explanation for the lost sock phenomenon we have seen yet. LINK
  • An OC Register writer went refrigerator shopping with her teen aged daughter. LINK
  • A statistic about how fewer kids have to do chores these days prompts a reporter to reflect on the chores of her youth. LINK
  • Sometimes you just need to use those tools you bought...LINK
  • This college student does not want a dishwasher. He would rather have the "community" of everyone gathering in the kitchen to wash dishes. LINK
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