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5/26/2017

Whole Foods Market will open its first standalone restaurant next to one of its stores in Atlanta's Midtown neighborhood next month. The fast-casual eatery, dubbed The Roast, will offer Brazilian-style grilled meats and feature seasonal menus and digital kiosks for ordering.

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5/26/2017

Manufacturers that have women in leadership often are more creative, have wider perspectives and can improve financial performance, according to a survey by APICS, Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute. "The study stresses the need for allies -- both men and women -- to reinforce that gender gaps are unacceptable," writes Abe Eshkenazi, CEO of APICS.

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5/26/2017

Best Buy reported a first-quarter 1.6% increase at its established stores, fueled by strong appliance sales. "For the balance of the year, we expect Best Buy to continue to perform at a high level across multiple categories, with appliances likely to be one of the bright spots," said Moody's analyst Charlie O'Shea.

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5/26/2017

Concord Cookware in Massachusetts is closing up shop by the end of the month after 34 years in business. Co-owner Meghan Prestidge aims to become a blogger and post demonstration videos about items sold at the kitchen goods store.

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Wicked Local
5/26/2017

The Beyond Zero system, which consists of the Liquor Ice Maker and Liquor Ice Storage Unit, produces ice cubes made of alcohol, not water, to keep mixed drinks from being watered down. Approved for home use, users simply pour liquor into the appliance and a few minutes later, the cubes are ready to be dropped in cocktails.

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Digital Trends
5/26/2017

Makers of industrial equipment who integrate tasks and skills into a customercentric approach are safer, more cost-effective and more profitable, Mike Evans of Cambashi said in an interview.

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5/26/2017

Two-dimensional technology is critical to inspection processes, especially for tasks involving contrast detection and pattern alignment, writes Terry Arden of LMI Technologies. Its limitations include difficulty with lighting and object movement, he writes.

5/26/2017

Sales and operations planners can measure demand planning's outcomes by creating specific objectives equivalent to production standards, Dave Turbide writes. Balancing demand and supply "eliminates a lot of the finger-pointing that often happens when things don't go quite as planned," he writes.

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5/26/2017

A successful industrial internet of things strategy begins with using automated information to control processes and accumulate data, writes Jason Andersen of Stratus Technologies. Three other important stages of IIoT development are insight, intelligence and invisibility.

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5/26/2017

Human machine interfaces are an essential bridge between industrial internet of things devices and data, Scott Kortier writes. HMI software can simplify remote monitoring and contribute to process improvement, he writes.

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Machine Design