Vendor partnerships are helping them offer better industrial internet of things services to chemical facilities, writes Sean Ottewell. Such digitization is important for chemical companies facing a wave of retirements, while trying to innovate their manufacturing, particularly in batch or specialty chemicals, says Gordon Bordelon of Rockwell Automation.
A study from the Vision Council and the American Society of Safety Professionals found that fogging in protective eyewear is a problem, and fixing it would improve the likelihood of workers using such eyewear. "By taking the necessary measures to reduce the fogging of protective eyewear, employers will likely see an increase in compliance with eye-protection recommendations and increased worker safety," says The Vision Council.
Scholarships, public-private partnerships and manufacturing coalitions are just three ways industry can develop young talent, Jim Vinoski writes. One example is the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Commission in Washington state, which offers seven programs involving hundreds of companies.
The 175,000-square-foot Sears location at Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem, N.C., has been sold to Novant Health for $14.5 million. The purchase includes an outparcel automotive store and parking lots.
Weaker-than-expected September retail sales growth likely reflects the fallout from Hurricane Florence and not a general economic slowdown. Sales rose 1.1% at nonstores, 1.1% at furniture stores, 0.9% at electronics and appliance stores, and 0.5% at clothing stores, per Commerce Department data.
The Mall at Fairfield Commons already had tenants lined up when Sears announced it would close its location at the Dayton, Ohio, retail center. The property will be split into two tenant spaces, one for furniture store The Room Place and the other for an entertainment concept.
Tanger Outlets has purchased part of a 300-acre property called Century Farms in Davidson County, Tenn. If plans unfold, the area could see its first Tanger Outlets by early 2020.
Google is working to develop map-enabled local product inventory searching, a tool that would allow consumers to find stores selling specific products. The goal of the technology is to make shopping more efficient and to allow it to better compete with online sales.
Retailers using consumer streaming music services such as Spotify and Apple Music are underpaying by as much as $2.65 billion, Nielsen Music reports. About 21 million smaller businesses around the globe are using the unlicensed music.
Home Depot, Target, Lowe's and Walmart are among the retailers with an opportunity to benefit as Sears closes stores. Though the company's bankruptcy filing doesn't mean that Sears is gone just yet, it does mean other retailers have an opportunity to seize some of its market share.