Texas-based United Supermarkets is working with new delivery and website management software to handle its last mile delivery of groceries. Customers can choose home delivery, but the chain also has 14 locations where customers who order online can pick up within two hours. Read more in STORES magazine.
Recycling startup Ridwell is offering free collection in Seattle of packaging waste -- air pillows, plastic mailing envelopes and plastic bags -- from Amazon Prime Day today and Tuesday. "Just as Amazon's [built] around convenience on getting things, we hope to be the same on getting rid of things," CEO Ryan Metzger says.
Microsoft has come out against right-to-repair policies, ahead of a Tuesday meeting hosted by the Federal Trade Commission. The company says design elements that make devices hard to repair often serve other necessary purposes.
Neither environmental groups nor organics processing companies are entirely happy with Connecticut's new law that will eventually ban single-use plastic bags at stores. Paper bags can still be used, and compostable bags are neither forbidden nor recommended.
In industrial manufacturing, patents granted per billion dollars of research and development investment went up more than 30% from 2009 to 2015 but has since leveled off, reveals a recent Deloitte analysis. "In today's competitive climate when R&D and innovation drive the most successful companies, a nimble approach to research spending could likely become a differentiating factor in a company's success," the report said.
Red Wing Shoe Co., which has made its work boots in Red Wing, Minn., for 114 years, is finding it hard to still produce its boots using local workers. "You start to lose the skill set -- through retirement and attrition -- of people who have the ability to develop footwear here," CEO Mark Urdahl says.
Several US companies are moving some production out of China in the wake of current trade tariffs, including Yeti, Crocs and Cummins. Vietnam has become one of the winners of the trade war, with US imports up 36% from 2018, says A.T. Kearney.
As technology becomes more integrated into manufacturing operations, chief executive at Truce Software Joe Boyle advises that employers use a Contextual Mobile Device Management system -- powered by artificial intelligence -- to promote safety and productivity. "CMDM makes a smart device as 'smart' as possible, limiting access to distracting apps and functions only when and where access needs to be managed, including when an employee is around large machinery, operating heavy equipment or behind the wheel of a company or grey fleet vehicle," writes Boyle.
Creating a circular economy, which produces little or no waste to go to landfills, not only benefits the environment but also benefits the bottom line, writes Marwan Bejjani, Zahi Awad and Jana Batal of Strategy& Middle East. "Using the circular economy in construction, and the built environment generally, could generate benefits of over $23 billion in the GCC countries between 2020 and 2030 -- equivalent to around 0.8% of the GCC region's GDP during those years,"
Three malls south of Boston have adapted to face competition from Amazon and online shopping in general. Retailers have made way for restaurants, bars and a hospital expansion at Patriot Place, Canton Mall has been re-imagined as a lifestyle center and Walpole Mall cut down on its enclosed space to have front-facing tenants like a health club, restaurants, a wax emporium and a dollar store.