Amazon said Prime Day on Monday and Tuesday was its largest shopping event ever, but its competitors also struck it big, with small and large retailers reporting increases in online sales on those days. Online searches for Best Buy, Walmart and eBay jumped by 255%, 130% and 72%, respectively.
Owners of electronics repair businesses testified this week at a Federal Trade Commission hearing that restrictions on fixing devices cost consumers money and create excessive amounts of waste. Gay Gordon-Byrne, executive director of The Repair Association, said opponents' concerns that repairs would be dangerous were unfounded.
Deutsche Post DHL Group CEO Frank Appel recently told a German newspaper that the company will start informing consumers of precise delivery times via email ahead of delivery and follow up initial communications with a second notice 15 minutes prior to package arrival, based on data gleaned from delivery van GPS tracking. DHL has been testing the service and plans to roll it out by 2020.
Manufacturers stand to benefit from cloud computing as they pursue digital transformation, but they should also be aware of some downsides, writes Willem Sundblad, who suggests manufacturers should use edge computing, or on-site software, for crucial applications.
A shortage of technology workers and the growing prominence of remote work mean companies must offer that option to get the best people, writes Roberto Torres. Nearly half of software developers in a Digital Ocean survey said being able to work remotely was their top criteria for choosing a job.
The most effective leaders use their strengths to create a vision, model successful behavior, challenge others to act and seek new ways to accomplish goals, writes Dan Rockwell. Every leader should acknowledge their weaknesses and work to shore them up, he writes.
Arrow's decision to shut down its global PC and mobility asset disposition business was based on the assessment that the business was "not sustainable," said President and CEO Michael Long. "We believe this will enable us to focus on our longer-term strategy to enable the next-generation technology such as AI, industrial automation, smart cities and vehicles," Long said on a call with investors.
United Rentals had $2.29 billion in revenue for the quarter ending in June, according to the company's latest earnings report. The total represents an improvement over second-quarter 2018 revenue, which totaled $1.89 billion.
Dell has used 100 million pounds of recovered materials since 2014 to manufacture its products, the majority of which has been recycled plastic, according to a company announcement. Last year, Dell used 7.7 million pounds of post-consumer plastics and over 18,000 pounds of high-density polyethylene that was likely to otherwise end up in the sea.
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