EcoWater Systems Introduces HydroLink Plus Wi-F
St. Paul, Minnesota-based EcoWater Systems, a Marmon Water/Berkshire Hathaway company, is transforming how consumers interact with their water treatment systems with the introduction of HydroLink Plus Wi-Fi web-based technology. HydroLink Plus makes it possible to monitor and manage EcoWater water treatment systems and water usage via a smartphone, tablet or computer from virtually anywhere inside or outside the home.
A simple and secure online dashboard provides appliance information at a glance, such as number of days until the salt is empty, cycle schedule, average daily water usage, water used today, and gallons of treated water remaining. With the information, homeowners can track water usage patterns and adjust habits to save water and money on utility bills. HydroLink Plus also alerts homeowners via text or email when the salt is low and needs refilling, and sends alerts if potential issues are detected, such as a continuous water flow above normal usage threshold. Alerts can be customized according to personal preference via the online dashboard.
“Smart devices are becoming a central hub for monitoring and controlling appliances in today’s digitally-connected homes,” said Chris Wilker, president of EcoWater Systems Professional Products. “HydroLink Plus offers homeowners a new level of convenience and peace of mind regarding water treatment and usage, and can also help to extend the life of the appliance.”
Whirlpool sales flat in Q2
Whirlpool Corporation reported net sales of about $4.7 billion in the second quarter of 2014, virtually unchanged from the company’s performance in the same quarter last year.
Net sales for the three months ended June 30 totaled $4.68 billion, down 1.4% from $4.75 billion in 2013.
The company’s bottom line read $179 million for the quarter, down from $198 million in the second quarter of last year.
"The second-quarter results were in line with our expectations as our North America Region delivered record operating profit," said Jeff M. Fettig, chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corporation. "Overall, the underlying fundamentals of our business remain strong and we continue to invest in our business through innovative new products and acquisitions."
Whirlpool also pointed to a record $2.62 in ongoing business earnings per diluted share, compared to $2.37 last year.
Lyle to chair board of retail marketing group
Julie Lyle, chief marketing officer for Indianapolis appliance, electronics and furniture retailer hhgregg, has been named the 2015 chairperson for the Global Retail Marketing Association (GRMA) Advisory Board.
As chairperson, Lyle will lead the GRMA Advisory Board and play a key role in the development of the organization’s strategic initiatives and thought leadership. Lyle succeeds Brian Beitler, EVP and chief marketing officer, David’s Bridal, who served as chairman from 2012 to 2014.
“Through collaboration and innovation, the GRMA is changing the face of our industry, and I’m proud to serve as the 2015 chairperson,” said Lyle. “Bringing together the brightest minds in our industry helps us solve problems and develop ideas on a global scale, ultimately driving value for our companies and better serving our customers.”
Leading the GRMA Advisory Board, Lyle will serve as senior adviser to Stephanie Fischer, president and CEO of GRMA. Lyle will also steer the GRMA Advisory Board, comprised of retail CMOs and leading supplier partner executives, to shape the organization’s strategic focus and drive thought leadership within the retail space. In addition, Lyle will spearhead the GRMA member candidate selection process, ensuring the organization remains a community of the foremost CMOs and executive decision makers.
“The mission of the GRMA is to empower each of our members to affect positive change and shape the future of retail. Julie is one of the most forward-thinking marketers that I know, and an ideal chairperson for GRMA as we embark on new thought leadership initiatives,” said Fischer. “I’ve seen firsthand the caliber of Julie’s leadership, and she is well respected within our organization. There’s no question that as chairperson, she’ll make a huge impact on the organization and continue to push innovation within the retail industry.”