Cloud technology can make it affordable to sell online, manage inventory and offer value-added services, even for small distributors, writes Mark Hill of IMC Supply. Ask how a new technology will improve customer relationships, operations and market share.
Alibaba Group has updated about 25% of the 400 RT-Mart stores in China after acquiring 36% of RT parent Sun Art Retail Group last year. The stores now boast tech features including interactive kiosks, a click-and-collect program for online shoppers and displays of products that have proved popular on Tmall.
Online fashion retailer ASOS will stop selling clothing made from wild-caught, endangered and exotic animals, including cashmere, mohair and silk items. As part of its updated animal welfare policy, ASOS said it will also now ensure that the leather and wool it sources are byproducts of the meat industry.
After more than a century, Levi's remains cool and innovative while at the same time vintage and iconic, appealing to multiple generations. Joining NRF's Retail Gets Real podcast in his favorite pair of jeans and a new high-tech jacket created in partnership with Google, Levi's Brand President James Curleigh shares insight into the icon's reinvention. Listen.
A tomato corer is a kitchen tool that looks like a toothy teaspoon, and it is designed to scoop out the stem of a tomato with minimal waste. The must-have device can also be used on other produce such as strawberries and zucchini.
The Gourmia GPC400 Smart Pot Pressure Cooker has 13 cooking modes but only one temperature setting, making it perfect for consumers looking for a no-frills, affordable multicooker. Reviewer Erika Rawes put the cooker through its paces and was pleased that it is easy to use and produces tasty food.
The Prepdeck is a produce prepping station for chefs and home cooks that features 45 food preparation items in a single compact, portable unit. The station includes tools to grate, juice, slice, squeeze and shred produce, as well as preparation surfaces and storage containers.
Twin YouTube vloggers Brooklyn and Bailey McKnight acted as consultants for an upcoming Gen Z-focused skincare line called C&C by Clean & Clear. The Johnson & Johnson-owned brand will debut the line of wipes, masks, cleansers and moisturizers next month.
Herbal Essences has become the first global hair care brand endorsed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, whose scientists work around the world to study plants and their uses. The organization will work with the Procter & Gamble-owned brand to incorporate more plant science into its products.
This PwC analysis explores six steps manufacturers can take to effectively digitize their factories, beginning with developing a model for the factory that aligns with the company's business strategy. "In setting priorities for the digital factory, make sure that people are as important as technologies," write Reinhard Geissbauer, Stefan Schrauf and Philipp Berttram.