Safety systems in industrial settings are advancing to the point where data is not only being collected but is also available for users to act on, Buddy Creef writes. "A smart safety solution should be able to convert the data that exists -- or could exist -- in the safety system to actionable information to help prevent outages, reduce downtime, improve safety and security, and increase profitability," he writes.
Rockwell Automation is among the companies trying to reach the next generation of manufacturing workers in their formative school years. "They haven't yet said, 'I'm not a math person,' so we want to get them before they have those doubts or they lose that passion for learning and curiosity," says Jay Flores of Rockwell Automation.
SPI Holdings has sold a portion of Bridgepointe Shopping Center in San Mateo, Calif., to a teachers' pension fund for $125 million. The property has numerous restaurants, as well as a Target and a Home Depot.
Walmart is adjusting its HR strategy as it competes with online retailers and changes in how its customers behave, says Jacqui Canney, Walmart executive vice president, global people division. The company is paying higher wages, giving employees more flexibility, providing continuous feedback and creating cross-functional teams at Walmart's headquarters.
J.C. Penney will close eight US stores and won't reopen one of seven stores in Puerto Rico that were closed when Hurricane Maria hit the island last fall. The retailer announced earlier this week that it would shutter a Wisconsin distribution center to streamline logistics as its stores fulfill a growing number of online orders.
UK-based Burberry will start selling its styles on Farfetch, an online luxury fashion platform with a presence in 150 countries. Farfetch, which sells goods from more than 700 global boutiques and brands, will deliver Burberry's latest looks in London in the 24 hours after its London Fashion Week show on Saturday.
Home Depot and Lowe's have launched their annual spring hiring sprees, planning to add more than 80,000 and 53,000 seasonal staffers, respectively. The tighter labor market could make filling posts tougher, so Home Depot has eased recruitment by letting people apply for jobs and schedule interviews via smartphone.
Samsung is expected to unveil Bixby-controlled artificial intelligence features as part of its new line of QLED TVs. This is part of the brand's ongoing strategy to create a seamless internet of things experience by turning smart TVs into content hubs.
Grocery retail didn't change much for decades, but the rise of technology is driving big changes as supermarkets strive to stay competitive. Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods Market last year spurred grocers to rapidly ramp up their quest for tech innovation, said Sterling Hawkins of the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology.