IKEA is exploring options for sourcing alternative fabrics in India in addition to the cotton it already buys there, executive Sandeep Saran said. The retailer is testing fabric made from PET bottles and also could try textiles made from banana, jute and bamboo.
Companies including Goodyear and Amazon aim to make it easier and faster for consumers to buy tires and have them installed. Goodyear will transform 14 Dallas-area locations into Just Tires stores, which guarantee installation in one hour, and Amazon has teamed with Pep Boys to launch a national ship-to-store tire service.
Samsung may release three versions of its upcoming Galaxy S10 phone, based on an image leaked by an industry insider. The three versions could include the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S10+ and the Galaxy S10E, and they may include fingerprint sensors embedded in the screen and hole-punch cameras for selfies.
Tech companies are increasingly being asked by retailers to match the no-cashier systems of the Amazon Go store. One contender is the NanoStore, a 160-square-foot box that blends a convenience store with a vending machine.
Amazon has outfitted employees with safety vests at more than 25 of its fulfillment centers over the past year. Sensors built into the vests alert robots to the presence of humans to avoid collisions and potential injuries.
Lowe's has signed a multiyear deal to be the National Football League's home-improvement retail sponsor, a partnership that will give Lowe's exclusive branding and marketing opportunities during the Super Bowl and other high-profile NFL events. The retailer is also starting a new marketing campaign aimed at DIY fans who take on complex projects.
Retail is still in the midst of a transformation and the resulting mashups and partnerships were on prominent display at NRF 2019: Retail's Big Show last week, Bridget Brennan writes. Other trends explored during the event include the role of customer experience and storytelling, the importance of keeping up with pop culture and the redefinition of "aspirational."
Abode on Monday unveiled its second-generation smart home gateway, which allows users to connect all their Zigbee, Z-Wave Plus and abodeRF devices on the same central hub. The gateway works with a range of voice assistant platforms, including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and the company reports that it will soon add HomeKit and Siri compatibility.
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