French supermarket operator Leclerc aims to expand its presence in Paris with a new home-delivery service and plans for hypermarkets and click-and-collect locations. The retailer's 681 stores are largely outside major cities, and the company plans to make Paris a key growth area over the next three years, CEO Michel-Edouard Leclerc said.
Japanese retailer Aeon will team with Alibaba Group-backed DeepBlue Technology to test an unstaffed convenience store model called TakeGo. The technology from Shanghai-based DeepBlue will let shoppers register their hand prints to access the store and pay for their goods.
Amazon has adjusted its seller fees in India to encourage sellers to focus on their local markets and enable faster, less-expensive delivery. The company has also cut fees by as much as 70% in certain merchandise categories, including apparel and daily essentials.
Singapore gift retailer Kalms closed its stores and started selling its goods in 50 vending machines to escape high rents and rising labor costs. Retailers in
Japan and Singapore are increasingly turning to vending machines to cut costs, and Kalms has seen sales rise 15% each month for 16 months since incorporating vending machines, the company said.
Fortalice Solutions founder and former White House CIO Theresa Payton has a vision for cybersecurity. At the NRF PROTECT 2018 conference in June, she will discuss how managing cyberrisk requires a combination of old-school risk management and compliance with newer technology. Learn more.
Stanley Black & Decker and Under Armour are among the companies using generative design to develop numerous design solutions for any single engineering challenge. Generative design uses artificial intelligence and cloud computing to build on basic design components.
Accuride Wheel End Solutions in 2011 implemented continuous improvement across its portfolio, which helped save one ailing plant in Rockford, Ill., from bankruptcy. The goal of its continuous improvement strategy is 50-50-20 impact: cutting lead time by 50%, increasing productivity by 50% and reducing costs by 20%.
Being proactive instead of reactive when it comes to data requires manufacturers to pull data from many places together in one visible location, writes Doug Fair, chief operating officer at InfinityQS International. "Notably, a quality intelligence solution enables quality and process improvement teams and plant floor operators to identify issues in real time and catch problems before they occur," he writes.
Protecting industrial control systems requires knowing whether your staffing, documentation and network understanding are adequate, among other considerations, writes Jaikumar Vijayan. One distinction to make is between IT security and control systems security, Vijayan writes.
Hosted and traditional virtual private networks each have advantages and can help firms maintain security while implementing industrial internet of things connections, writes Jonathan Griffith. Choosing the right one depends on the bandwidth required, how much IT expertise is needed and whether router configurations are consistent.