News today that Sears is positioning a partnership to sell Alexa-enabled appliances through Amazon has pushed the company’s stock up 19% while bringing the stock of competitors like Lowes, Home Depot, and Whirlpool down. Sears is only the latest company to choose to start selling its products through Amazon. Sears is regularly in the news, but only for how many physical stores it will be closing next and speculation on when the company will close down or sell off. This latest decision is forward thinking, delivering hope to floundering brands.
More Sears products will be coming, but so far there’s a single option for those that want a Sears product that integrates with Alexa. I’ve been meaning to snag an air conditioner for our second garage anyway. Our second garage is detached from the house and is more of a workshop than a place to store a car. With Alexa functionality, I’ll be able to turn the air conditioner on from inside the house to allow the garage to cool off from the summer heat a few minutes before I head out there.
The Alexa skill: Kenmore Smart
The single product: Kenmore Smart Room Air Conditioner (comes in 8K, 10K, 12K, 15K, and 18K BTU models)
The skill states that is already supports a Water Softener, Electric Water Heater Module, French Door Bottom-Mount Refrigerator, Front-Load Washer, Front-Load Dryer, and the Air conditioner.
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