Amazon fulfillment service grew more than 50% during holiday season
The Amazon Marketplace, an online mall that that allows third-party sellers to reach customers around the world, hit big milestones during the holiday season.
The amount of merchandise that the marketplace’s Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) service shipped during the holiday season worldwide grew more than 50%. The increase was based on the “millions of items” that Prime members ordered from sellers in the Seller Fulfilled Prime program, a service that offers free two-day or next-day shipping. On Cyber Monday alone, sellers worldwide received orders for more than 28 million items, the company said.
Amazon Marketplace hit a number of milestones for 2016, including:
• FBA delivered more than 2 billion items worldwide.
• Active sellers worldwide using the FBA service grew more than 70%.
• Outside the U.S., FBA units shipped grew more than 80%.
• Using the FBA service, Amazon sellers from more than 130 different countries around the world fulfilled orders to customers in 185 countries.
• The Seller Fulfilled Prime program added more than 6 million new items that are now Prime eligible across the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Japan.
• Sellers on Amazon that reached $100,000 in sales grew by 30%.
Moen introduces digital showering technology
The new U by Moen shower brings mobile connectivity and digital technology to the shower.
The Wi-Fi/cloud-based digital shower offers mobile connectivity and countless ways to create a personalized showering experience.
“As consumers, our desire to be connected is growing every day. Whether it’s connectivity with our home heating and cooling, sound or lighting systems, technology is making it easier than ever to wirelessly control. At Moen, we thought – why not connected water? How can we improve the overall experience with water by adding the benefit of smart technology?” said Andy Conroy, senior director, wholesale marketing, Moen.
“This idea led Moen to create U by Moen shower," he continued. "The integration of a personal device allows users to control their shower preferences, customizing everything from time to temperature. Need extra snooze time? Power on your shower from bed, and it will alert you when it’s ready. Have a teenager who lingers too long in the shower? The timer function will help keep them on schedule. This digital system addresses real-life quandaries and elevates users’ everyday experiences with water.”
The U by Moen shower offers precise, thermostatic temperature control, as well as the ability to connect up to four shower devices (showerheads, handshowers, body sprays, etc.).
The digital shower controller also features a five-inch, non-touch, LCD screen that provides feedback on the shower status through on-screen messaging and notifications. The color of the screen will change from light blue, dark blue, purple, orange and red as the user changes the water temperature, and when the shower is ready, the screen will turn white and provide an on-screen notification and signal with a tone. The controller itself has a number of buttons allowing users to accurately control their shower experience.
Meanwhile, the U by Moen smartphone app gives users the ability to create up to 12 personalized presets, including name, greeting, outlets, temperature, shower timer and notifications. It also allows users to have the shower pause at initial start-up once it reaches the desired temperature, not to mention fully control the shower from their smartphones
“While consumers will appreciate the benefits of U by Moen shower; and so will installers. The digital valve's compact design makes their job easier; with a 30-foot data cable between the valve and controller, the location of the valve can be put wherever is most convenient for the plumber and homeowner,” Conroy said. “The valve also has an optional battery backup to provide peace of mind. Users know if the power goes out while they are in the shower, the system will not shut off. The entire system has been thoughtfully designed with consumer personalization and the connected home in mind to deliver the perfect shower experience every time.”
Marvin shows off new bi-fold door
Marvin's new Clad Ultimate Bi-Fold Door is about bigger and better things — specifically thanks to its inclusion of one of the industry's widest glass panels at 3 feet, 6 inches in a frame up to 10 feet high.
Offering a grander view of the outdoors, the door, which is part of the company's Scenic Door Collection, offers the same durability of Marvin's signature wood-clad products.
It also features two hinges instead of three for a clean, streamlined look suitable for both contemporary and traditional designs.
Other features include a concealed multi-point locking system, multiple sill liner options, and a retractable screen.
"The demand in the market continues to be for windows and doors that allow even more natural light, unobstructed views and connection to the outdoors," says Christine Marvin, director of corporate strategy for Marvin Windows and Doors.
"Customers today are looking for bigger doors, cleaner lines and more glass, without compromising performance. We're eager to introduce a new Bi-Fold Door that delivers on all of these expectations," says Kris Hanson, senior manager, group product management. "And for builders and architects, we're pleased to provide a door that offers 45 different configurations and can span up to 55.5 feet wide for unparalleled flexibility and impressive aesthetics."