Consumables manufacturer Gloveman Supplies is migrating all customers to its B2C site after a two-year period during which 20% voluntarily moved over, Chloe Thomas writes. An earlier experiment failed because of incompatibility with credit card processing.
Technological advances have increased reverse engineering's capabilities, says Steve DeRemer of Capture 3D. Reverse engineering is used in additive manufacturing to recreate damaged parts and in simulation, Bruce Morey writes.
Malware known as Triton, Trisis or HatMan was the first intentionally targeted at safety instrumented systems and should be taken seriously, writes Ernie Hayden of 443 Consulting. The danger of these types of malware increases when they are launched simultaneously with attacks on manufacturing processes, according to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.
Automakers are transitioning their focus from production to innovation as consumer demands change, writes Craig Guillot. "We've changed and adapted to serve the automakers and many consumers are being driven by cockpit electronics," said James Fisher of Visteon.
The industrial internet of things will use sensors, computers, cameras and other devices to link every facet of the supply chain from products to machines and tools, according to this analysis. An "internet of everything" allows for benefits such as monitoring inventory, space management in trailers and improves real-time decision making about asset use.
New York City's luxury retail neighborhoods, including SoHo, are beginning to feel the industry's 18-month slump with property prices being cut on key spaces. Accurate valuations are hard to determine due to the low volume of transactions in higher-quality real estate, though experts anticipate Grade A assets will still thrive.
Amazon will now give Prime members a 5% discount when they shop at Whole Foods Market stores using their Amazon Rewards Visa Cards, the company said. Amazon Prime members pay a $99 annual fee for benefits including free shipping and video streaming, and the Rewards Visa comes with other perks including 5% discounts on Amazon purchases.
Barneys New York was looking to revive slowing sales when Daniella Vitale took over as CEO last year, even as younger consumers were fueling growth in luxury retail sales. Vitale has led a marketing push to cater to the 35-and-under crowd with in-store events, digital innovation and plans to start testing a loyalty program this year.
Changes at New York Fashion Week, including the absence of some high-profile designers, has some retail buyers wondering about the future of the event. "How mundane much of this has become begs the question of, how relevant is a fashion show," said Ken Downing, fashion director at Neiman Marcus.
Online jewelry retailer Diamond Hedge has launched an app that uses augmented reality to let brides-to-be virtually try on engagement rings and see how they would look as her hand moves. "Basically what we're trying to do is make the whole diamond shopping process digital," founder Mehul Sompura said.