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John Deere brings in MowerPlus app

BY HBSDealer Staff

John Deere is jumping on the mobile app bandwagon with its new MowerPlus smartphone application.

The app provides equipment care tips, maintenance information and other resources for lawn care.

“Mowing the lawn is so much more than just making tall grass short,” said Kevin Duax, product line planner, John Deere. “With our MowerPlus app, homeowners can easily refer to expert tips and historical data to ensure efficient and effective lawn upkeep.”

Using MowerPlus, homeowners can choose to “Mow Now” and start track mowing metrics. Users can view real-time statistics such as average speed, area covered and more.

Additionally, an aerial view of the mowing path for each session can help homeowners diversify their pattern to protect turf health.

The app also lets homeowners know how long it has been since they last mowed.

“Mowing the lawn is so much more than just making tall grass short,” said Kevin Duax, product line planner, John Deere. “With our MowerPlus app, homeowners can easily refer to expert tips and historical data to ensure efficient and effective lawn upkeep.”

Owners can also keep tabs on the make, model and serial number of their John Deere equipment for easy access to maintenance and service recommendations. Usage hours and maintenance intervals also help provide service tips for equipment.

A region-specific seasonal timeline feeds timely, climate-relevant tips and reminders year round. Keeping track of mowing history can also point to missed mows, maintenance and other tasks, such as fertilizing, seeding or aerating.

The MowerPlus app integrates with the Apple Watch, which owners can use to easily identify the number of days since they last mowed and the sunset time to quickly decide if they can fit in a mow before dark.

Additionally, users can start and stop recording a mowing session from the watch and automatically sync statistics with the app.

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Spring cleaning meets the decluttering movement

BY Steph Koyfman

The “less is more” revolution has brought us the phenomenon that is the tiny home movement. But for the Americans who can’t whittle their homes down to 300 square feet, there’s the decluttering movement.

Decluttering is a bona fide social movement, thanks partly to the success of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” which New York Times no. 1 best seller among advice and how-to books, with 72 weeks on the charts. The popularity of Marie Kondo’s tome to organizational bliss – the book that schools American consumers in the art of Japanese-style decluttering – might have a long-lasting impact on spring cleaning.

For the home improvement retailers already accustomed to decking out their endcaps in mops, brooms and plastic storage systems, an opportunity has presented itself to make decluttering missions easier for the determined consumer.

Belmont, North Carolina-based Federal Brace is on board. It’s new Closet Bracket Line holds up to 500 pounds each and can be used to organize toys, bikes or tools in the garage or anywhere in need of decluttering.
 

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Jenn-Air introduces its first Wi-Fi enabled fridge

BY HBSDealer Staff

Jenn-Air has followed up its recent release of a connected wall oven with the introduction of its first Wi-Fi enabled refrigerator.

The new 72-inch counter-depth French door refrigerator will feature the brand's Obsidian interior, as well as wireless connectivity and a fully functioning application for IOS and Android devices.

"While unexpected in a refrigerator interior, black really adds a modern sophistication that has been very well-received by designers and high-end consumers alike," notes Jenn-Air marketing director Brian Maynard. "We're excited to broaden our Obsidian options with a counter-depth model that we've elevated to a new level with intelligent connectivity."

Using the mobile app, users will be able to view and remotely control the status of activated settings. Users can choose from a range of notifications to receive, such as a door that's been left open or a loss of connectivity. A special mode allows for remotely activating specific appliance behavior, such as making extra ice when entertaining or decreasing refrigerator temperatures in anticipation of doors being open more frequently.  

Additionally, the app can optimize settings depending on the food inside, such as a Max Cool setting that lowers the temperature prior to returning home with a large batch of groceries.

Quick access to online support and instructions also provides features such as live links to purchase items like water and air filters.

Other features include the TwinFresh Climate Control System for separate evaporators in the refrigerator and freezer compartments, two Humidiseal drawers that provide a higher humidity for produce, soft-close refrigerator and freezer drawers, integrated cabinet LED strip lighting and more.

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