China's retail giants might be ahead of US innovators, such as Amazon, in creating no-checkout retail locations, Erica Pandey writes. While US companies are focused on a hands-free payment experience, Chinese retailers are letting consumers use QR codes to pay quickly and easily, she writes.
Lord & Taylor will hold an inaugural "brand summit" next month in an effort to strengthen its relationship with vendors, company President Vanessa LeFebvre said. The event will focus on merchandise, marketing, stores, e-commerce and the retailer's future, as Lord & Taylor prepares to close its flagship store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue and shift its strategy to focus on customers and digital efforts.
Business media brand Fast Company has developed three high-energy sessions on timely and trending topics for NRF 2019: Retail's Big Show. Leaders from Patagonia, Sephora, Stitch Fix, TOMS and Unilever will share their insights alongside Fast Company Senior Staff Editor Jeff Beer on Jan. 15 in New York. Learn more and register.
Manufacturers can avoid overpaying taxes and potentially free up capital for other expenditures by having the best advice on state and local sales taxes, transfer-pricing policies and other areas of tax law, says Paul Caja, an executive at Ohio-based MTD Products. Caja also prioritizes a strong relationship with the chief financial officer.
Smaller, more advanced motion-control devices are driving down costs and making automation more affordable for manufacturers, says B&R Industrial Automation executive John Kowal. "We need to start thinking of motion devices as mechatronic appliances, blending mechanical, electrical, electronics and software into ready-to-use modules," he says.
When selecting a motor for motion-control applications, consider such factors as its application, available bus voltage, where the motor will be located and what skills are needed to maintain it, writes Thomson Industries' Andrew Skidmore.
Aardvark, a paper-straw manufacturer acquired by Hoffmaster this year, is building a plant in Indiana keep pace with what it calls a 50-fold increase in demand.
The long-term success of internet of things devices depends on their ability to self-regulate and learn what constitutes a regular anomaly, writes Elaine Wang, a senior product marketing engineer with Mitsubishi.
Manufacturers can recruit more women by ensuring everyone is treated equally and with respect, said panelists at a recent conference. The Manufacturing Institute's A.J. Jorgenson noted that many parents work in manufacturing and that motherhood doesn't prevent women from having a career.
Sport Clips, Hollywood Feed and Noire the Nail Bar are among the tenants that will be at the newly opened Leesville Market Place in Raleigh, N.C., next year. A Publix grocery store anchors the 62,880-square-foot retail center, which was developed by Halpern Enterprises.