India's Future Group will borrow strategies that have led to record Singles Day sales in China for Alibaba after Future founder Kishore Biyani visited China to study the event. Future Group will launch pop-ups, recruit celebrities and hold a 24-hour live Facebook gaming show to promote its Republic Day sales on 26 Jan.
Gallery Furniture owner Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale is known for helping his community in Texas during times of crisis. On NRF's Retail Gets Real podcast this week, McIngvale chats about what happened when Hurricane Harvey hit and how important it is for retailers to give back to their communities. Learn more.
This article reviews three use cases in which additive manufacturing is used to replicate, adapt or optimize a product. Optimization is a distinct use case because additive's influence starts in the design process, Timothy Simpson writes.
Manufacturers should pursue digital transformation at an organization-wide level, including functions such as customer service and accounting, Tom Franceski of DocStar writes. An enterprise content management system can improve file integrity and operational efficiency.
Industrial cybersecurity starts with fundamental steps like making sure safety instrumented systems are physically protected and electronically segregated from basic process control systems, writes Marty Edwards of the Automation Federation. "A common engineering system or a SIS engineering workstation that is interconnected to the plant network may violate these fundamental principles," he writes.
The pace of manufacturing business growth is increasing and stress testing is going to be essential, says Steven Bowen of Maine Pointe. "If you used to stress test something once every three years, and now you do it once a year, in the future, you're going to need to do that every month," he says.
Teel Plastics reduced setup time by 30% when it automated the production process, says senior programmer Owen Gwynne. Benefits already realized include detailed change tracking and increased security, he says.
Part of a retailer's mission to serve its customers requires becoming part of the communities they operate in, says Jim "Mack" McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture. In the latest episode of Retail Gets Real, the retailer known as "Mattress Mack" talks about housing hundreds of people at his stores during Hurricane Harvey.
While retail is changing with new technology, bigger in-store experiences and more data, the nearly 29 million Americans working in the sector are its greatest resource. Steven Barr writes that to push boundaries, retailers must create inclusive workplaces.