Home goods retailer Crate & Barrel will expand its in-store restaurant concept, The Table at Crate, to as many as 15 locations after the first proved popular in Chicago. The concept, created in partnership with Cornerstone Restaurant Group, shows off the retailer's kitchen and dining products, nearly all of which are for sale.
PillPack, the mail-order pharmacy acquired by Amazon last year, is facing increasing pushback from traditional pharmacies. The company, which organizes pills into packets and stamps them with the time they're to be taken, says pharmacists are disregarding requests to transfer customers' prescriptions to the service.
Levi's will open its first Northern Ireland store in an outlet center along the road between Belfast and Dublin. The location is ideal for attracting shoppers from both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, Levi's executive Richard Hurren said.
Martha Stewart will oversee the grand opening of the first Stew Leonard's store in New Jersey this month. The opening marks the grocer's seventh location, with the last store opening on Long Island, N.Y., in August 2017.
Consumers will be able to tap into internet speeds as much as 1,000% faster once the new Wi-Fi 6 standard becomes widely supported by home networks and consumer devices. The Wi-Fi Alliance said Monday that it would begin offering certifications for the standard, which will also lead to better downloads in crowded venues such as stadiums.
Walmart has obtained the rights to Scoop NYC, a fashion brand popularized on "Sex and the City," and will revive the label with new styles to be sold online and in select Walmart stores. The brand, which shuttered all 16 of its New York City stores three years ago amid rising rents, will return with around 100 pieces made with materials including vegan leather and faux fur.
When wading through today's plethora of digital technologies, Walmart's Vijay Sankararaman considers the supply chain issue it addresses and the issue's value to the organization, and when introducing technology, the company focuses on retaining system stability, maintaining a simple user experience and bolstering operational effectiveness. During the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals 2019 EDGE Conference, Sankararaman pointed to Walmart's internet of things sensors, machine vision cameras, timely trailer tracking and blockchain traceability as solution-providing technologies.
One Brands is debuting One Plant, a line of plant-based protein bars, next month in two flavors: chocolate peanut butter and banana nut bread. "The industry has been experiencing significant demand for plant-based alternatives from consumers," said One Brands CEO Peter Burns.
Garth Blumenthal, co-owner of a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Temecula, Calif., focuses on training for a five-star customer experience. "It takes the whole team, from the person who greets you to every contact point that is intended to make guests realize they are in a special place," he says, adding that he tries to match customers with staff, based on demographics.
The average luxury car has more than 100 million lines of code -- twice as many as Windows Vista -- and a study last year by the Ponemon Institute found most respondents saying they test less than half of their automotive technology for vulnerabilities. Doing the job wouldn't be hard: Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, who hacked into a Jeep Cherokee in 2015, say that securing a car is similar to securing "a very small enterprise network, or more precisely, a small industrial control network."
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