A line of tiny appliances designed to make little burgers, soft-serve ice cream, heart-shaped waffles and cute chocolate candies is available at Urban Outfitters.
Entrepreneur Bonnie Tyler went looking for a consumer-friendly egg peeler after having a hard time peeling hard-boiled eggs at home. Finding none, she and Sheila Torgan did some research and designed the Negg, a device that uses water and a few shakes to remove egg shells.
The internet of things, artificial intelligence and other technologies are reducing downtime, saving money and delivering other gains on the factory floor, writes Infor's Kevin Price. "With the ability to predict the upcoming issues and identify issues early, the maintenance team can be proactive and take action before the issue escalates and become catastrophic or costly," Price writes.
Freight-hauling firms in the US are suffering from capacity shortages and a manufacturing backlog of nine months. ACT Research says a record 450,000 heavy-duty vehicles will be ordered this year.
Centralized security via the cloud is the best option for protecting cloud-based supervisory control and data acquisition systems, writes Rusty Gavin of Honeywell Industrial Cyber Security. "Combined with a top-down security management platform, this architecture can be used to deliver robust ICS security following the NIST Cybersecurity Framework," he writes.
The Select Center for Advanced Manufacturing hosts a free, three-week training program in Colorado. The program, which also features life skills lessons, trains homeless and struggling workers for careers in manufacturing and helps them find jobs.
Best Buy will acquire GreatCall, which makes the Jitterbug phone and other technology and services designed to help older consumers stay connected and get help in emergencies, for $800 million. GreatCall booked $300 million in revenue last year and boasts 900,000 service subscribers.
Walmart's results beat forecasts in the second quarter as traffic grew and shoppers spent more both in stores and online, the retailer reported. US same-store sales rose 4.5% and online sales grew 40%, as consumers spent on apparel, groceries, gardening supplies and other warm-weather gear.
Samsung is expanding its presence in the high-end audio market with the unveiling of its HW-N950 and HW-N850 sound bars, built in partnership with Harman Kardon. Both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio standards are supported, and the devices are designed to immediately improve sound quality with minimal components.
Whole Foods Market ranked first on a list of grocers for the sustainability of its seafood offerings in a list released by environmental group Greenpeace. A notable change was the downgrading of Trader Joe's, which the group said was less transparent about the sources of some of its fish.