In this issue:

Cutting-Edge Home Gadget Tech Trends
Friends Make You Better
Fall RV Trips With Pets | RV Rental 101
New Technology and Your Business

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Cutting-Edge Home Gadget Tech Trends

Whether you consider yourself a techno geek or not, there are three cutting-edge home gadgets that you’ll want to know more about. Every year smart home devices get smarter and smarter and once you’ve used them, you’ll never want to do without them!

Recently Europe’s biggest tech expo, IFA, showcased some very cool smart devices. Interoperability was a key theme this year with smartphones and TVs “talking” to smart home appliances, such as refrigerators and washing machines. This market has grown to an $84 billion industry with signs of increasing by at least 10 percent by 2023.

The three major innovations showcased were:

Smart Home Security – A Coldwell Banker survey showed that over four in 10 homeowners already have smart security technology.

Home Voice Control – Devices by Google Home and Amazon Echo have driven the smart speaker industry and now are reportedly owned by 47.3 million Americans (this blogger owns four, and those Echos control most of my home’s lights and electrical outlets).

Smart Home Appliances – Whirlpool has been the leader in this with their appliances that integrate with Amazon Echo and Google Home.

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Friends Make You Better

We all need a good friend in our lives—someone that isn’t family, that isn’t a lover, that we simply truly enjoy being around and enjoys being around us. But who that person is can have more of an effect on your health than you probably know.

Did you know that good friends can make you smarter, healthier and able to live longer via good habits? It’s true. Check out these tips:

  1. Run Faster and Longer. It’s been shown that people run both faster and longer because a friend has done it.
  2. Improve Health. Be aware of the eating habits of people you often dine with. Dining with stressful friends can lead you to overeat and gain weight.
  3. Get Smarter. Surround yourself with smart talented people and you’ll get smarter!
  4. Quit Negative Habits. Without realizing it, we become a reflection of the people we surround ourselves with.

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Fall RV Trips With Pets | RV Rental 101

Many of us will be planning a fall trip to the mountains, just to watch the changing colors of the trees. Because the best areas to witness these changes often are in remote areas with little or no available nearby lodging, renting an RV is the perfect lodging solution. Family trips should include bringing the family pet along for the ride, so you’ll want to ensure that you’re renting the right RV.

When renting an RV that will be “pet friendly”, there are some important facts to consider. Things like carpeting (will it be easy to clean if necessary?), storage (places for dog food and accessories), easy doorway access (will your pet be able to get in and out of the RV easily?), etc. Also, experts suggest that you make a pet list that includes the obvious items such as food, water, medications, spill-proof bowls and pet gates, as well as the less obvious things like your pet’s health records including vaccinations. Some campgrounds will require these health records. They also may have breed restrictions. For information about pet friendly RV destinations, visit

It’s also a good idea to have multiple forms of ID for your pet(s). This includes having them wear a collar with ID tags that include your last name and contact numbers and having them micro chipped in case he or she runs off.  Read more tips about RV’ing with your pets at

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New Technology and Your Business

Technology is now commonplace in almost every business. And even if you may have resisted initially, almost everyone now agrees that a business will run much smoother, grow faster and increase its earnings by implementing technology. As a refresher, here are some benefits of using some of the latest technology in your business.

Operation Automation. By automating operations, you can redirect labor and financial resources and increase production and profits.

Employee Monitoring. This is especially true for businesses with larger teams and customer service departments.

Overall Business Efficiency. It’s a proven fact that businesses operate much more efficiently if they use technology.

Business Security. Digital security is more important than ever because of the increased number of hacks and invasions.

Bottom line is that being tech smart in business is important.

This information is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice.  Should you have any questions or would like to discuss your risk exposure with your family’s life insurance, please contact the insurance pros at ARCW Insurance.  We are here to help.