Philips Lighting and Amazon Team-up to Upgrade the Smart Home

Philips Lighting has expanded its collaboration with Amazon to create an easy way to start with a voice-controlled smart home. While supplies last, customers who purchase an Echo Plus will receive a Philips Hue white connected light bulb, which can

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White Paper: How B2B Distributors Can Beat Amazon

Whether they’ll admit it or not, B2B distributors will soon be dominated by a marketplace. The question isn’t when or if, but who will be leading this change. Established distributors could find themselves fulfilling orders for Amazon, or embrace the

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Legrand Lighting Control Systems Now Compatible with Voice Control-Enabled Devices

Building on its commitment to enhancing the delivery and control of power and light, Legrand introduces Voice Control compatibility with its radiant® Collection RF (radio frequency) and adorne® Collection Wi-Fi Lighting System. This new functionality enables Legrand customers to control

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What Is Amazon’s Obsession with Electrical Supply? by Bridget McCrea

A look at why the e-tailing giant is actively claiming market share in the electrical distribution space with its Amazon Business division. “If distribution can’t provide significant and measurable value, it doesn’t belong in the sales equation,” wrote Chris Brown,

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Has Amazon Conquered Lighting Control by Stealth?

Amazon has launched a $100 million strong fund to fuel voice technology innovation, with the intention of ensuring it becomes the key tool used in home lighting control. Named the Alexa Fund after the voice that assists users on the

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Lighting in New DC Area Homes Will Feature Amazon Voice Controls

In another example of the property business pushing into smart lighting, home construction company Brookfield Residential said it is building smart homes in the Washington, DC area featuring voice control of lights and other things using the Alexa system from

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GE Is Putting Alexa Into a Funky-Looking Lamp

In 2015, Amazon made the world of manufacturing an offer. Make a device with a microphone, a speaker, and an internet connection, they said, and we’ll let you add in our virtual assistant Alexa, free of charge. Now, GE is

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Meet ‘Alexa’ Amazon’s New Device That Can Control Your Home Lighting

The Amazon Echo will feature a voice control capability that will allow you to turn off your lights and adjust your central heating with the sound of your voice. The Echo is a smart-speaker that responds to the name ‘Alexa’.

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Why Apple’s New Energy Business Should Scare Utilities

Backing large-scale solar farms in locales like California, Mongolia, China and Nevada may have just been a warm up for Apple’s foray into clean energy. As the tech site http://9to5mac.com/2016/06/09/apple-energy-company/ reported, the i-device giant has filed a federal application to

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Ensuring Your Distributorship’s Survival in a Digital World by Bridget McCrea

It’s no longer a matter of “if” your company needs a solid e-commerce strategy – it’s a matter of “when” – and the time is now. Even if your top customers aren’t transacting business online, price-shopping on their iPads at

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Can Amazon ‘Uber’ Distributors?

Whether or not Amazon succeeds with its plan to bring an Uber-like experience to package delivery – wherein customers hire a private driver to bring them whatever knickknacks they need right away – the company continues to disrupt the business

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