Just over 30,000 tons of scrap plastics were exported from the Los Angeles port district in January, or about 37,000 tons fewer than a year earlier. While more than half of January 2017's exports went to China, only 7% of this January's exports were delivered there.
Automotive service departments are looking to be more efficient at reconditioning as dealerships increase sales of used cars. Three days is the longest a dealer should spend on reconditioning, says consultant Joe Lescota.
Rebag has opened its second New York City store to offer luxury handbags that it's purchased from sellers. "Women who would have waited 10 years to buy a Chanel bag can afford to buy it now," said founder Charles Gorra.
Back Market now offers refurbished electronics in the US. "Our conviction is that the refurbishers are going to be more and more considered by the public as the manufacturers of tomorrow," says Chief Marketing Officer Vianney Vaute.
Retail pharmacy chains are expanding health-care services and adding in-store clinics, moves that are likely to cut space for other categories including beauty. Beauty is still a high-margin category, and drugstore chains including CVS and Walgreens are adding new brands and renovating beauty departments to stay relevant as competition grows from online retail, department stores and specialty retailers.
Home chefs looking to buy a hand mixer should consider ease of use, what the mixer will be used for and which attachments are must-haves, Laurie Davidson advises. The Dualit hand mixer in polished chrome received top marks for being user-friendly and having a sleek style.
This article features 22 tools that are designed to make it easier to prepare and cook food. For example, the StirMATE Smart Pot Stirrer frees up home cooks' hands while it stirs ingredients, and the 3-in-1 Butter Knife is perfect for cutting cold butter.
Quality data management is central to all industrial internet of things functions, and machine builders must include data solutions in the design process, writes Sciemetric executive Derek Kuhn. "The most efficient and cost-effective way to deliver on these requirements is to seek out a proven, common standard solution and incorporate it into the build," he writes.
Small and midsized manufacturers can borrow the same omnichannel principles used by retailers and B2B merchants to improve inventory management and other tasks, writes Gavin Davidson of Oracle NetSuite. Such a system, which he calls an omnichain, "is based on a single cloud-based environment to align and orchestrate all supply chain processes, wherever they occur."