Online sales are less than 5% of the US consumer packaged goods market, but are 40% of the category's year-over-year sales growth, according to Nielsen and Rakuten Intelligence. On a per-buyer basis, overall spending was basically flat, but online sales were up 16.6%.
Artificial intelligence is maturing at a faster rate than earlier digital technologies, because it can be applied in so many ways and offers a relatively high return on investment for early adopters, write Jacques Bughin and Jeongmin Seong of the McKinsey Global Institute.
Two common device-to-device communication protocols for internet of things networks -- Message Queuing Telemetry Transport and the Constrained Application Protocol -- may expose logic flaws that open the door to denial-of-service and other attacks. "The best way to protect against a logic flaw DoS attack such as this is by keeping both client and broker software aligned," researcher Federico Maggi says.
Many companies struggle to develop an internet of things infrastructure that meets their needs and does so economically, writes Aldo Ferrante, president and CEO of ITG Technologies. Open-source platforms are one option, he argues, but can be costly and are usually best for original equipment manufacturers.
Proper machine guarding is an important safety mechanism with the potential to reduce preventable workplace injuries, writes Rockford Systems sales executive Matt Brenner. Risk assessments and safeguarding assessments are the two main ways to do this, each with its own strengths.
US companies are divided on the impact a US withdrawal from the Universal Postal Union could mean for business, though e-commerce firms such as Amazon and shippers UPS and FedEx could benefit from eliminating the subsidies. The White House said it will exit the union if highly subsidized foreign rate regulations aren't removed.
About 42% of US retailers surveyed reported a rise in serial returners over the past year, and around three-fifths said they would ban frequent returners from shopping on their sites, according to a survey from Brightpearl. Earlier this year, Amazon said it was considering banning shoppers who made too many returns.
Hurricane Florence caused an estimated $38 billion worth of damage across the Southern US when it made landfall a month ago, and supply chains are slowly getting back on track. Because the hurricane made landfall and remained in the region longer than normal, infrastructure damage and destruction from flooding was more significant, requiring drivers to find new routes to make deliveries.
JD.com's consumers can now send packages across China using its mobile app. The e-commerce company's logistics network and supply chain management technology allows for same-day, two-day and high-value shipping options.
Universal Forest Products posted a 14.8% year-over-year increase in sales to $1.21 billion in its third quarter. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization rose 9% from the year-ago period.