Cognitive Systems is offering use of Aura WiFi Motion technology to those who are developing products for the Qualcomm Mesh Networking Platform. The Aura technology acts as a motion-monitoring system via a series of beacons placed in electrical outlets through the home.
Innovations in television are expected to be on display at CES next month, as has been the case in years past. David Katzmaier predicts that brands will showcase voice control, local dimming features and emerging display technology.
Mastercard, Discover and American Express have all announced plans moving toward eliminating signature authentication at the point of sale, with Visa remaining quiet on the issue. Eliminating signature authentication would be especially beneficial in the food retail sector, where quicker checkouts would make a big difference, said Hannah Walker, FMI's senior director of technology and nutrition policy.
True Value CEO John Hartmann advises speakers to avoid being repetitive and to pause during their presentations to seek feedback. He describes a situation in which he had to cut off a presentation to the board because the speaker had gone over time.
Business investment in robotics for warehouses is expected to grow from $1.9 billion in 2016 to $22.1 billion in 2021, according to Tractica, but warehouse-management systems and a reliable labor pool still matter, writes Don White of Snapfulfil. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are still unable to self-modify, writes White.
Shippers should use a transportation-management system to provide accountability to carriers, writes Dan Clark of Kuebix. "By monitoring performance backed by reliable, fact-based analysis, carriers and shippers can build and maintain a win-win partnership for smoother operations and better performance," he notes.
UK-based electronics retailer Dixons Carphone will streamline its mobile phone business after booking a dip in sales and profits for the division, the company said. However, Dixons, which operates PC World, Currys and Carphone Warehouse stores, reported a 7% rise in same-store sales for its electronics businesses.
Frank Lowy, chairman of Westfield Corp., and his co-CEO sons, who signed a deal to sell the Australia-based mall operator to Unibail-Rodamco, will turn its data-driven division into a standalone business. US-based OneMarket will use data to connect shopping centres, stores, brands and shoppers.
British retail sales rose 1.1% in November from the previous month and 1.6% compared to the same month last year, according to the Office for National Statistics. Black Friday deals spurred shoppers into action in stores and online, driving an increase in sales of appliances, household goods and apparel.
Myntra aims to take its online beauty retail business into the brick-and-mortar realm, with the launch of new multi-brand stores in India, sources said. Myntra's site sells products from upwards of 100 beauty brands, including Bobbi Brown and MAC.