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MiTek acquires DIY Technologies

BY HBSDealer Staff

MiTek Industries, Inc. has acquired DIY Technologies, a Tucson, Arizona-based provider of web-based design software for a wide range of home improvement and renovation projects.

“I am delighted with the acquisition of DIY, which has an enviable leadership position as a provider of on-line design software to the do-it-yourself, home improvement market. This acquisition is yet another extension of our leading position in technology serving the residential construction industry,” said Tom Manenti, Chairman and CEO of MiTek.

“DIY has established long-term relationships with some of the nation’s largest and most-respected retailers and building-products manufacturers," added Manenti. "The combination of MiTek’s software and capital resources, along with DIY’s comprehensive web-based software, will provide unparalleled technology tools that will enhance our customers’ value proposition.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Michael Heisler and his team to the MiTek family and look forward to supporting their business model while expanding their software offerings and services, as we continue to grow DIY’s business,” Manenti commented.

Michael Heisler, CEO and founder of DIY added, “This acquisition is the culmination of more than ten years of successful partnering with MiTek. I am excited that DIY and all our employees have joined the MiTek and Berkshire Hathaway family. I have seen how MiTek truly ‘lives’ its core values, and because of this and its compelling vision of providing unrivaled, highly productive technology to the global residential and commercial construction industry, I know MiTek is the ideal home for DIY.”

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Amazon fulfillment service grew more than 50% during holiday season

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

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%.

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Moen introduces digital showering technology

BY HBSDealer Staff

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.”

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