Conventional databases can't handle the data generated by the industrial internet of things, so manufacturers should use time-series databases that "offer distributed data storage, shared-nothing architecture and cloud service delivery that makes them ideal for manufacturers' IIoT applications; even in the most demanding environments," writes Christian Lutz. He notes that such databases combine SQL and NoSQL and can handle data in various formats.
Recruiting more women into manufacturing can improve innovation and help address the labor shortage, writes Trevor English. Most women believe manufacturing careers could be rewarding, according to a survey by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute.
The parent company of T.J. Maxx is among those curtailing distribution and fulfillment operations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, while Amazon and Walmart are hiring thousands of new workers to meet customer demand. Gloves and other safety gear are in high demand, and as Imperial Dade President Jason Tillis notes, "There's not really a playbook for this."
Amazon is recruiting workers from its fulfillment centers to fill jobs on the online grocery side as Amazon Prime Now orders continue to rise amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company is offering workers a $2-per-hour raise for making the switch, bringing hourly pay for many up to $19.
Businesses can follow five steps to mitigate disruption from the coronavirus pandemic, including bolstering their supply chain, minimizing cash outlays and prioritizing employee health, according to a report from The Hackett Group. The authors say this plan can "yield a significant, positive impact in the near term."
Malls are adapting to attract teen shoppers by moving beyond traditional retail experiences. Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield offers virtual reality parks in many of its centers as well as Instagram-friendly food options like Hello Kitty Cafe.
Anthony Properties is building a strip mall in Iowa and expects two new businesses to open there by April. Construction on Sunnybrook Village began last spring, and its first tenant, US Cellular, set up shop in February.
Pinterest has created a Verified Merchant Program that enables certified brands to offer their products across the platform's shopping experiences. The platform also is offering retailers website, checkout and sales conversion insights and is rolling out catalog updates with additional metrics and upload scheduling, along with dynamic ad retargeting.
Kroger is piloting a program for a pickup-only store as another way to meet the high demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The store in Mount Carmel, Ohio, near Cincinnati, is closed for in-store shopping and employees are focused on filling online orders for shoppers to pick up, a service that is "ideal for all customers, especially for senior and higher-risk shoppers," said Kroger's Erin Rolfes.