Ambulatory surgery centers and surgical hospitals can safeguard their finances and improve their operations by developing strong relationships with distributors, says Cardinal Health's Chris Childers. "The first thing a distributor should do for its customers is skillfully manage logistics to ensure a facility's operations and supply chain function efficiently," he says.
The best way to compare third-party logistics providers to internal fulfillment capabilities is to derive an accurate fully loaded cost per order for each option, writes Brian Barry, president of F. Curtis Barry. He shares how to determine that figure for each fulfillment option.
Distribution centers are applying Industry 4.0 technology including the industrial internet of things to conveyor systems, resulting in less downtime and more efficient operations. "More sophisticated sensing technology, enhanced computing power, and the reduced cost of data gathering and storage allow systems integrators to track, identify, monitor, analyze, and optimize the performance of convey and sort systems," Dematic's Ken Ruehrdanz says.
NRF will honor Levi Strauss & Co. President and CEO Chip Bergh as "The Visionary," an award given each year to an outstanding leader in the retail industry. The award will be presented during the fifth annual NRF Foundation Gala on Jan. 13, 2019, in New York City. Read more.
H&M has unveiled a new store concept that features a streamlined layout, espresso and special events to appeal to the upscale Stockholm neighborhood it serves. The retailer has also added to its Conscious Exclusive eco-friendly fashion line with fall/winter items made from recycled velvet and cashmere.
Grocers have opened 56 new stores in the Philadelphia market since 2015, bringing a range of options from Acme to Sprouts Farmers Market to Whole Foods Market. The growth mirrors a national trend of post-recession growth, and stores are more often serving both customers who come to shop and online shoppers picking up their orders, said Diana Sheehan of Kantar Consulting.
Walmart's growing stable of e-commerce platforms has spurred an expansion in the retailer's fashion offerings, with about 1,100 new brands added since April, according to executive Denise Incandela. In addition to Walmart.com, the retailer's e-commerce sites include Jet.com, Shoes.com, Bonobos and Modcloth.
Companies can take a whole-system approach to uncovering vulnerabilities by using a process known as "red teaming". Red teams conduct adversary simulations to spot issues and usually feature team members with distinct skill sets, writes Kelly Sheridan.
Roku will gain Google Assistant capabilities through a software update coming soon. The update will allow Roku users to control devices via voice commands with the Google Assistant app or Google Home.
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